Emanuelle is a famous journalist. When she is working undercover in a mental institution, she finds a strange patient. After doing some investigation on the patient, it seems like she's a cannibal from a tribe in the Amazon jungle. Emanuelle sets of for an expedition to the Amazon jungle to investigate further about this supposedly extinct tribe. Eventually Emanuelle and her party are stuck on an island filled with cannibals.
I'm not gonna lie, I'm totally new to the "Emanuelle" universe. I know of the films, both the "Emanuelle" and the "Black Emanuelle" films, but so far this one is the only one I've checked out. When I asked a friend who's seen many of them which films to get, he said "Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals" and "Emanuelle in America". I think this one was a nice transition into the "Emanuelle" universe for me as it puts Emanuelle in the middle of cannibals, something I'm a bit more familiar with. There's no doubt I'll be checking out more of the "Black Emanuelle" films (this one is part of those) after this one, but I will most likely stay away from the original "Emanuelle" films unless someone convinces me that I might like them.
This film starts off great, it has a little bit of gore from the get-go (this isn't a very gory film however), and we have some nudity to follow. These were two important things to keep me interested, since I didn't really know what to expect from the movie. A nurse gets bitten by a cannibal woman, and Emanuelle (with the beautiful Laura Gemser returning as the lead), who is at that mental hospital to do some undercover work ends up in the room with the cannibal, only to find a tribe symbol on her belly. After some research, they find out that it's from a tribe that is extinct, however after finding some footage from some horrible events, they decide to go to the Amazon jungle and take a closer look. Emanuelle and her expedition group ends up at an island where they meet a hunter and his wife. Together they are all stuck on the island as their boats get lost, so they have to travel by foot to find what they are seeking. Of course, they come in contact with the cannibal tribe and all hell breaks loose for the group.
What people need to remember when they watch this film is that it's not a cannibal movie with Emanuelle in it, it's an "Emanuelle" movie with cannibals in it. The focus isn't on the cannibals but on her. There is more sex in the film than there is gore and violence. If you watch the film knowing this, then you'll enjoy the gore that we do get, like some nipples getting eaten, and plenty of intestines. But what this movie really is, is a softcore exploitation film, and it does it with class. It doesn't bring anything new to the table, but we all know that the 70's didn't need originality in their exploitation to make it enjoyable. Joe D'Amato knows this, so why would he try harder than he has to?
The gore is a side-bonus to the sex and adventure, and I know it left me satisfied. As for sex scenes, well.. They aren't as explicit as the ones in "Erotic Nights of the Living Dead", which had some graphic hardcore stuff, but it's atleast softcore so we get to see some ladies. One of the best scenes in the film is probably the one where Emanuelle and another girl are standing in the water soaping each other up, and for some random reason a monkey is standing on the beach smoking. What the..? God bless the randomness of it.
I can't say wether the film is better or worse than other "Emanuelle" films, but I can say that it's a fun watch for the fans of Joe D'Amato and other 70's exploitation. It has some gore, plenty of nudity, some adventure and a simple but fun plot. What more could you really ask for with a film like this? It is what you expect it to be.