Amazonia – The Catherine Miles Story aka White Slave (Italy, 1985)


Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story is a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Mario Gariazzo (The Sexorcist; Play Motel; Madness) as Roy Garret. It was released in the US as White Slave and the Italian title is Schiave bianche: violenza in Amazzonia.


Main cast:

Elvire Audray (The Scorpion with Two Tails; Ironmaster; Vampire in Venice), Will Gonzales, Dick Campbell, Andrea Coppola, Dick Marshall, Alma Vernon, Grace Williams and Sara Fleszer.


An 18 year-old woman, Catherine Miles, graduates from her English boarding school and visits her parents in the Amazon. While on a boat trip, her parents are brutally murdered and she is taken prisoner by a local cannibal tribe.


In order to survive, she adopts the customs of the tribe with the help of a warrior who has fallen in love with her, all the while planning vengeance for her parents’ death.


She later escapes, and now free, she goes to find who exactly was behind the death of her parents…


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White Slave might be described as a kinder, gentler cannibal movie. Indeed, cannibalism itself rarely enters into the story … There’s still some fairly grisly violence on display here (after all, Katherine’s keepers are headhunters, even if they never go so far as to eat their victims), but the German audiences who saw this movie under the title Cannibal Holocaust 2 surely left the theater disappointed?


There is, however, one very conspicuous point of similarity between White Slave and Ruggero Deodato’s cannibal films. Like them, White Slave takes the natives’ side when it comes to the question of whether the white man or the Indio is the true savage.” 1000 Misspent Hours and Counting


“You wouldn’t expect it, or maybe you would, what do I know, but the gorgeous Elvire Audray and the handsome Will Gonzales have great chemistry together as the film’s cross cultural lovers. I’m always impressed when actresses are able to convey emotion while topless, and Elvire is no different in that regard, as she is able to maintain the dignity of her craft without the aid of a top. I mean, there are not many actresses out there who can look sexy while burying their parent’s badly decomposed heads in a muddy clearing.” House of Self Indulgence


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“This film works almost despite itself. The characters are often vapid and Catherine can be aggravating at times, but they’re still likable characters. The death scenes in the film are shoddily made, but they are at least conceptually interesting, like a man’s face eaten by ants.” Who the Real Cannibals Are

Further reading: Jungle Holocaust: Cannibal Tribes in Exploitation Cinema – article



Wikipedia | IMDb | Image thanks: House of Self Indulgence

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Categories: 1980s, exploitation, gory, Italian

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