This Italian film with once again more alternative titles than actual dialogue is a mid-80’s exploitation attempt by enthusiast director Mario Gariazzo, who obviously was deeply impressed by the work of his fellow Italian filmmakers Rugero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi. It’s a supposedly true story (yeah…sure) about an 18-year-old girl who visits her parents’ plantation in the middle of the Amazon jungle. Shortly after her arrival, her parents are brutally murdered and beheaded during a boat ride. The poor cutie is taken prisoner by a savage and primitive tribe. During two years, she’s has to take part in traditional and barbaric rites of this tribe. She’s sold to the richest man in town (price = one goat and a chicken), has to work and, eventually, she escapes with the head warrior she has fallen in love with.
Now, ‘Amazonia’ isn’t a bad little flick but it tries to be so much bigger than it actually is. The entire production seems to shout out: ‘Look, we’re as good as Cannibal Holocaust!!!’ The opening sequences, in which the beautiful jungle is shown guided by a great score, is an exact copy of Deodato’s film and throughout the whole film, the same documentary style is used. The film could have done without these pretentious aspects. At his best, Amazonia is like a fairly reasonable crossover between Cannibal Holocaust and Umberto Lenzi’s ‘Deep River Savages’ (in which an Englishman spends years among a primitive tribe in New-Guinea). It’s not nearly as memorable as the majority of Italian sleaze classics and that’s merely due to the atrocious acting of Elvire Audrey. There’s some great gore and terrific authentic sleaze to enjoy, though.