Terror in the Jungle (1968)

Article 3117 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 12-9-2009
Posting Date: 2-25-2010
Directed by Tom DeSimone
Featuring Jimmy Angle, Joan Addiss, Chuck Angle
Country: USA
What it is: AIRPORT crossed with a jungle movie crossed with… I just can’t say it.

A young boy with a stuffed tiger is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Amazon jungle. While his father (who wasn’t on the flight) hunts for him, the boy is captured by native tribesmen who worship him as a god… and may want to sacrifice him as well.

The first thirty minutes of this movie is one of the most gut-bustingly funny examples of bad cinema I’ve seen in years; the howler lines come fast and furious. After the plane crash, the movie becomes dull, somewhat confused, and a bit annoying; after a while, you’ll get sick of the boy walking around whimpering for his daddy. There’s a truly atrocious native dance to liven things up during this part, but don’t worry; it’s working itself up to a jaw-dropping ending which I can’t give away here except to say that a) the movie clearly moves into the fantasy genre at that point, and b) you’ll be wondering if a certain comic strip artist ever saw this movie. I may have given too much away even saying that, but if I have, I doubt you’ll be less tempted into seeing it. Quite frankly, this is the most giddily ridiculous jungle movie I’ve seen since FORBIDDEN JUNGLE.

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