Sunday, May 9, 2010
Jungle Raiders - 2/5
The film has our Indian Jones clone Christopher Connelly playing Captain Yankee. Yes, that is his name. Not near as catchy as Indiana Jones I say. Captain Yankee makes a living by giving rich vacationers in South America a fake deadly adventure. Getting board making this living he takes a job, more like black mailed in to it, from a museum director to find...oh get this....the ruby of doom! Also along the ride is Captain Yankee's arch nemesis (played by Lee Van Cleef!).
We get everything we want in a cheap Indiana Jones rip-off including stereotypes, bad models, deadly booby traps, and outrageous action sequences. Still however I came out a little disappointed. Being an Italian rip-off produced by my favorite Cannon film company, I guess I was expecting some monumentally awesome bad action film and instead just got only a merely entertaining bad action film. Don't get me wrong as this is fun in a B-movie way. Perhaps the aspect I didn't like was Christopher Connelly as our Indiana Jones-type lead. He was just blah when a film like this need a character that was a little more over-the-top, much like Cannon's other Indiana Jones rip-off King Solomon's Mines.
There is a group of people out there that love these bad Italian rip-offs. I am one of them. Jungle Raiders may not be the best or most entertaining of these B-movie rip-offs but it's a must for fans. Sadly the film is extremely hard to find anymore as it has never been released on DVD and the old big box VHS version has been out-of-print for 25 years. Thankfully my friend Bill tracked me down a copy and I was able to finally see this long-lost Cannon "classic".
On a side note I have to say I love the cheesy American poster art, especially the way "Jungle Raiders" is written in the exact same font used on the all Indiana Jones promotion artwork. I miss the days when awesome box art like this lined the video store shelves as opposed to new crappy, photoshop covers.
Written By Eric Reifschneider
Jungle Raiders Trailer