The Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (1983)

aka El tesoro de la diosa blanca, The Treasure of the White Goddess
Article 4076 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 11-12-2012
Directed by Jesus Franco and Olivier Mathot
Featuring Katja Bienert, Antonio Mayans, Aline Mess
Country: France / Spain
What it is: Jesus Franco does jungle

An expedition sets out to find an heiress who has been missing for many years and is now believed to be living as a wild woman in the jungle. However, some of the people in the expedition stand to inherit the fortune if she is NOT found…

I’m going by faith on the above title; I don’t remember seeing the title of the movie on my print at all. So how is it? Well, if I were to make my list of the ten worst jungle movies I’ve seen, this wouldn’t be on it. Nor would it be on the list of the worst Jesus Franco movies I’ve seen. But bear in mind that I’ve seen so many bad jungle movies and so many bad Jesus Franco movies that that is hardly a guarantee of quality. The story is weak, but it’s not as hackneyed as some of the other jungle movies I’ve seen. There’s plenty of silliness and bad dialogue, to be sure. There’s also a lot of sex and nudity, but then, what did you expect from a Franco film? If it gets by, it’s largely because it’s not as unwatchable as Franco at his worst. In short, though it wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected it would be, it’s still nothing special.

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