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Um Lobisomem na Amazônia

A Werewolf in the Amazon
A Werewolf in Amazonia

Brazil 2005
produced by
Diler Trindade, Telmo Maia (executive) for Diler & Associados
directed by Ivan Cardoso
starring Paul Naschy, Evandro Mesquita, Danielle Winits, Nuno Leal Maia, Tony Tornado, Karina Bacchi, Pedro Neschling, Bruno de Luca, Djin Sganzerla, Joana Medeiros, Guará Rodrigues, Charles Paraventi, Orlando Drummond, Sidney Magal, Júlio Medaglia, Daiana Amêndola, Analu Silveira, Tania Boscoli, Caio Ramos
screenplay by Rubens Francisto Luchetti, contributing writers: Flávio de Souza, Evandro Mesquita, based on the novel by Gustao Cruls, music by Mu Carvalho

Dr. Moreau

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A bunch of youngsters (Danielle Winits, Karina Bacchi, Pedro Neschling, Bruno de Luca Djin Sganzerla) make a trip up the Amazon river with their guide Jean Pierre (Evandro Mesquita) to have some hallucigenic drugs to ... all be torn to pieces by a werewolf, all but Natasha (Danielle Winits) - who's carried away by the werewolf - and Jean Pierre - who's made prisoner by an amazon tribe. You see, the sinister scientist Dr Moreau (Paul Naschy), who wants to turn animals into humans and vice versa to find the secret of the chromosome or somesuch, is conducting his experiments in this strip of land, and he prides himself to be more ruthless than Mengele, so ...

You see, Moreau needs the amazons because I don't know, and the queen of the amazons (Joana Medeiros) needs him because he provides her with the elixir of eternal youth, but Moreau wants to get rid of her, because despite he has her in his hands something something, and Natasha has that birthmark that makes her the queens successor, and I don't know why Moreau thinks he can control Natasha better than the queen who at least fucks him (literally). Anyways, in the end, everything goes wrong, and everyone kills everyone, but Natasha and Jean Pierre manage to escape - and while doing so, they also manage to kill the werewolf ... who turns out to be Moreau ...

 

By and large, Ivan Cardoso is a filmmaker who can revive yesteryear's horror clichées and breath new life into them in a highly ironic context - something that of all films he has only limited success with in this one, his only collaboration with Spanish werewolf icon Paul Naschy. The problem here is, the film's story is just too predictable, too formulaic, the Cardoso-like eccentric scenes (like the singing Inca [Sidney Magal]) are just too rare and not woven into the story diligently enough, the Moreau-character lacks flesh to come to life (even if Paul Naschy is in top form here), and as a whole, the film is short on actual setpieces.

That said, the thing is still wonderfully filmed, atmospherically directed, and in the scenes where irony and high camp shine through, they do so wonderfully ... it's just not all it could have been.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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