The English dub, while it sounds okay, is poorly done in that the voices don't suit the characters, again, which hurts the film. And the moment when Uruck takes Liana into his chamber is handled really well. You will notice the intense bassline that predominantly makes up the soundtrack and it is far too exciting for the film. It sounded like I should be watching some sort of Civil War battle scene, not topless woman getting leather wedgies. However, Diana is the target of several greedy relatives who tag along with the expedition to capture her so they can make sure she doesn't live to return to her mother! Anyway, Liana vows revenge on the women who killed her shitty parents. The lack of budget shows in the sets and the props used throughout the film the native village is just sad and that opening plane crash it painful to watch not because of the horror that the characters are going through but because it's so poorly done and that doesn't help matters much either. Some 15 years ago an explorer discovered their golden temple, and the Amazons who were intent on protecting their secret slaughtered both him and his wife.
A young girl named Diana lovely German sexpot Katja Bienert and her stepdad Daniel White survive the crash and she's raised around a tribe of natives who see her as their 'white goddess. And the cheap blond wigs often look terrible. Ugh, these had to have been licensed only because they have no other interesting titles languishing in their vaults. Any film with a slow-motion opening shot of topless girls riding horses with spears should be an exploitation masterpiece, right? Lead by an evil power couple Uruck and Rena, they are not only planning on killing said inept treasure hunters but also killing Liana no relation to Diana from Diamonds. They return to civilization and report the girl as the long-lost daughter of a rich old woman whose inheritance will go to the young lass if she is returned. It doesn't have enough good sex in it to work that way, the action isn't interesting or exciting, and the suspense is non-existent.
Polical correctness is not my forte so I guess I need to start staying the hell off the internet. Those of us who would more appreciate a rousing adventure story needn't bother exercising our expectations. She is also humiliated and distraught because she is being replaced at that very moment. There is some really nice elephant footage, marred only by one of the worst soundtracks to ever make it into a film. Remember, this is Eurocine, so the production values are low and the pace wouldn't beat the hare in a race. Attentive viewers actually, you don't really have to be that attentive to notice this stuff… will pick up on the fact that although she was raised by a native, Liana speaks perfect text book English, most of the Amazonian women are of obviously European descent, and some of the native tribesman are white guys in bad make up. The most laughable elements of the film are the ridicolous amazons and the fight scenes.
And I thought the film costumes were delightful enough, sometimes mere barbarian bikinis, sure, but look at the women's costumes collectively, some of them almost look like clothing that might've really been worn by women into battle, rather than exclusively by pornie-kitsch starlets. One day a friend of her late father's shows up and reads to her from her late dad's diary. Franco's direction has few good moments - in particular a beautifully shot scene between Berger and León - but in its whole is absent-minded and hasty, which thing cannot surprise if one considers how stupid the plot is. The women themselves are beauties. They glued the foil onto the rocks and it was fun to watch extras pretend to use a pick on it. There are moments within the film that the transfer is beautiful free of scratches, blemishes and the like.
Took him long enough, eh? His wife is likewise killed. When Liana was a young girl, her missionary parents were killed by a tribe of Amazonian women after her father stole some of the gold out of their temple and wouldn't return it. There aren't any problems with edge enhancement or mpeg compression worth noting either. Stormquest did manage a token inclusion of an African character played by Dudu Mchize, perhaps as a concession to Charles crabbing about the first film being all honkies all the time, but I'm guessing. It looked good enough I immediately thought I'd been misled that this was a terrible movie. I highly recommend this film to Franco detractors.
I've either completely lost my mind or I'm totally nuts. Simpson and has arrived to find out what happened to him. The gold aluminum foil on the walls looks ridiculous, and the guy who is supposed to be hammering it is clearly hitting it gingerly so as not to tear it. If you're a fan of 'so bad it's good' cinema, you might get a kick out of this one but even with my extremely high threshold for crap I had trouble making it all the way to the finish line with the film. She goes in search of her revenge and finds it. How well I remember that day when I got a phone call from a chap introducing himself as Roger Corman. Now you know who to blame.
As she infiltrates the temple, Llana plots her wicked revenge on the inhuman souls who brutally punished her parents. Upon the mountain, life is untouched by modern ways. Now in Franco's defense it's possible that he wasn't responsible for a lot of the post production editing of this film, as that is the case with some of the other less than renowned films he made for French production house Eurocine in the 1980s, but that doesn't change the fact that Golden Temple Amazons doesn't have much to offer except wanton nudity never a bad thing and some unintentional hilarity. An explorer and his wife discover a golden temple deep in the African Blue Mountains. Quite a bit of the film is dull and silly. Years later, the now grown Rena discovers the truth, and plots revenge on the vicious warrior women who murdered her family. And yet, there is one of these films which I had a small role in bringing into existence, yet I never bothered to see it.
Topless blonde amazons on horseback murder jungle explorer Simpson and his wife, making an orphan out of their little girl who grows up to be bare-breasted, bubble-permed Liana. A black guy plays a native with terrible grey hair coloring to show that he's an aged version of an earlier native in a flashback. Good Things About Bad Movies is about finding something good even in the worst films. Also worth pondering is the very title of the film. It's pretty much the work of Alain Payet, with Franco reportedly doing some second-unit work or possibly supplying additional footage from an earlier film as padding.
Sound: The film comes with your choice of an English or French Dolby Digital Mono track, though sadly, the French track doesn't come with any subtitle options for some reason. There are few things I like better than bad action and gratuitous nudity and this movie has that in spades but on rare occasions, that's just not enough and this is, sadly, one of those occasions. The four of them team up with their jungle guide, Fred Albino Graziani , and head off on their mission but once they arrive they find that they have to face off against some dangerous natives and the dangers of the cruel and careless jungle itself! No motivation is given for the Amazonians to be as obsessed over their wealth as they are — they never really mention their motives for periodically kidnapping and killing off the white folk who wander into their caves and because of this, pretty much all of the movie happens for no truly explained reason. This adds even more fuel to Liana's fire, and once the female member is also kidnapped, she and Koo-Koo decide that the time to strike is now! When he complies, they put an arrow in his chest. Aside from that, there's a nice still gallery, a trailer for the feature, and trailers for other Shriek Show releases. Eva León has good moments, as the evil Amazons queen, and the young Analia Ivars is, as always, delighfully spontaneous. The disc provides the option of watching the film dubbed in English or in its original French.
Extras: Extra features include just over eight minutes worth of alternate scenes, the majority of which are Liana riding around on an elephant and a few shots of the Amazon women riding around on their horses, are included. The story goes that there is a young woman, raised in the wilderness, that finds out that Amazons killed her father. I was expecting the film to be extremely miserably awful, but fact is, the 1980s genre of barbarian women films resulted mostly in movies as bad or worse than this one, so it's really only par for the course rather than agregious. The abhorrent score with which Eurocine saw fit to bless this film with comes through nice and clear, for better or worse. Cut back to civilization where Diana's mother played by Lina Romay who sports some unbelievably bad make up is on her death bed. Unfortunately for Liana, she's going to have to go up against the one eyed leader of the Amazonians, a sadistic whip fetsishist and their high priest if she wants to get out of there alive with her friends.