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When word gets to terminally ill Lina Romay that a treasure hunter
was saved from the wrath of the Moris by their topless white godess
Liana (Katja Bienert), she sends out a search party, believing that the
girl is her long lost daughter. The search party, a motley crew if you
ever saw one (consisting among others of whiskey-slurping Oliver Mathot
& his pump- & hotpants-wearing wife), is at each others throat
even before they start their expedition into the juingle.
surprise, they actually make it to the Mori's territory, where they
foolishly kill one of them right away. Again, Liana saves the day
because of having taken a liking to the strange white men (& woman),
especially one of them, who she decides to be her first lover. Also, she
agrees for them to have an audience with her father (Dan Villers), the
Mori's chieftain, who welcomes them with open arms at first, but soon
gets the paranoid feeling they would just want his diamonds (which is
not entirely untrue), a feeling further nourished by the suspicions of
the tribe's black priestess Loba (Yolanda González). In the end, the whole search-party is
slaughtered, & Dan Villers has to find out he is as much dominated
by Loba as he dominates the Moris.
Definitely not one of Jess
Franco's better movies, this is nevertheless one of the funnier pictures
of Franco's early-80's output. Caring little about political correctness
or ethnological accuracy, he tells a pulp story of an African-native
tribe & their white Goddess decidedly tongue in cheek, & with
his usual use of cinematic techniques that became closely associated
with him: weird camera angles, bumpy camera movements & zoom-ins
& zoom-outs every now & again. The uniformly not so great
performances of the actors (with both Oliver Mathot's & Dan Villers'
portrayals bordering the deranged), the cheapness of the sets & the
cheesyness of the dialogues are just adding to the great fun-atmosphere
of the movie that is best consumed with beer.