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

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


The movie stars 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.

On 25 June 2018, 88 Films released Amazonia: The Catherine Miles Story on Blu-ray in the UK, uncut.


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An eighteen 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? 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.” 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

Image credits: House of Self Indulgence

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