. Michael Sopkiw, the star of , plays an American paleontologist who likes to fight, fuck and find archaeology. However, Massacre in Dinosaur Valley is quite tame in comparison to its brethren. Massacre in Dinosaur Valley 1985. At first listen this song sounds…well, racist.
It's a terrible movie but it's remebered for it's excessive violence, murdering of actual animals onscreen including a tortoise and the infamous court cases that followed. The thought of journeying into untouched fronteirs has always fascinated Western Cultures and turning those National Geographic articles into a horror movie was a novel concept. Also, China looks like an indy wrestling promoter. At least until we get out of Dinosaur Valley, right? It's almost an after thought in a movie that was designed to be a jungle adventure movie. Mostly made by Italian filmmakers and portraying savage civilizations in Asia or South America, the cannibal genre has it's roots all the way back in the 1940's with the Tarzan series. It has adventure, sex, and gore.
Audiences were interested because these movies provided cheap thrills, disgusting images, and a glimpse of the unknown. The more I listen to it, the more I realize that the lyrics are 1 smarter than they appear and 2 tell the story of the African-American experience, more specifically the way blacks are represented in film. Bakshi did his research, he wrote a true red, white, and blue 19th century minstrel song, or parody of a minstrel song in this case. I have been a friend of all the Italian gore films, so that is why I checked it out. So why Massacre in Dinosaur Valley? The Cannibal movie is a disgusting sub-genre in exploitation film that was no more than an excuse to show excessive gore and provide shock value from lesser-known foreign cultures. It's worth tracking down a copy if your a fan of the genre - which we assume you are. None of them were original, they all followed the same basic format - someone typically a photographer or film crew would go into the jungle and be captured by a group cannibals and lots of gore and blood would follow.
What starts out as a story about a guy hunting for dinosaur fossils becomes a movie about running away from cannibals and finally becomes a movie about breaking free from a white slaver who makes his home in the jungle. Umberto Lenzi's 1972 film Man From Deep River called Sacrifice! Heart of Darkness the movie is not, but at least Massacre in Dinosaur Valley manages something from its scattered plot. It's a cannibal film that tries not to be a cannibal film. The tone remains upbeat until about halfway through, when the cannibals finally appear. There are a lot of escapes from cannibals. It sort of reminded me of Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals in that it goes a little farther in the sex scenes then your average adventure movie. Holy shit, this cannot go well.
One of the funniest scenes involves a barroom brawl with Kevin and a couple of musclemen; one man takes a chair to the chest without problem. The most notorious of all the Cannibal Films is undoubedtly 1980's Cannibal Holocaust made by Ruggero Deodato. Sorta like if Downton Abbey had eye trauma. And then that dude, China, who runs the slaves? The copy I have is the uncut unrated version. Still, be warned — there are more bouncing breasts in Massacre in Dinosaur Valley than there are cannibals, making it a fairly unsuccessful horror movie.
A Vietnam vet and his housewife, a fashion photographer and plenty of hot models. So if there is a rated R version, I can imagine it just wouldn't have the same edge that the unrated version has. There is actually very little violence in the movie and only a small sequence that includes cannibals. If we are going to have a podcast about exploitation movies than we need to include one of the most prolific sub-genres there is. He rapes the other heroine before Sopkiw saves her and makes a joke about the mile high club as a helicopter rescues them.
The genre of cannibal film as we know it most likely started as a result of 1965's The Naked Prey which is about a white guy being chased by natives after offending them. Simply put, we have to. Most copies of Massacre in Dinosaur Valley have minutes cut from their runtime because of multiple gratuitous scenes. This is a movie that delivers everything that it promises. If we hate cannibal films on this podcast why would we even bother covering one? Including all of this in 80 minutes makes for a dizzying experience but it's certainly enjoyable. You can grab it at. Directed by Michele Massimo Tarantini, written by an uncredited Dardano Sacchetti and featuring music recycled from Blastfighter, this movie is everything I love in movies.
The violence is uncharacteristically missing from this Italian nasty, and many viewers will wonder why Massacre in Dinosaur Valley was worth plodding through. It rips off the high heel cutting scene from Romancing the Stone. It's a relic of the past except if your Eli Roth and something that cinema should be glad to have left behind. Every character in this movie feels like they are auditioning to be in their own spinoff film. And lots of sweet, sweet lovemaking, Sopkiw style. The 1906 Austria setting means the scenery and costuming are beautifully lavish, but at the same time you get all of the weird angles, quick zooms and in-your-face brutality that give 70s Italian horror its distinct voice.
I guess comedy equals tragedy plus time, but maybe wait a little before making with the funny. People unfamiliar with exploitation films know about Cannibal Holocaust as it's infamy has gained it mainstream attention but it might be one of the worst films in an already horrible genre. It's exactly what you would expect to see from a movie like this and it's a much better example of what these films have to offer than Cannibal Holocaust. And while the film is never deft at metaphor, China is probably as close as the film comes to making a statement. But why this movie in particular? It's one of the oddest movies I've ever and it's clear that the filmmakers had no intention of making a cannibal film; they were forced to. Most of the films we cover on this podcast fail to have any sort of compelling plot, this one has too many! Massacre in Dinosaur Valley is a real hidden gem in the exploitation genre.