Saturday 7:00 - 8:40 pm in Auditorium 6
Presented by Bleeding Skull
Director: James Bryan.
Exploitation demigod James Bryan’s decapitation-fueled shot-on-video masterpiece about a jungle hotel haunted by kill-crazy ghosts in loin cloths, made in 1990 and unreleased until THIS VERY MOMENT.
Beginning his career in the ’70s, Bryan moved from adult movies to action epics like Lady Street Fighter to drive-in horror ragers like Don’t Go In the Woods. But the straight-to-video distribution market was evaporating, a realization he had only after he'd completed photography on Jungle Trap. The few remaining distributors were not adventurous enough to handle the project. Heartbroken, Bryan shelved the movie and never directed again.
We were shocked that he had an entirely unseen feature just waiting to be pieced together. We watched it and confirmed that all the parts were there. And they were UNBELIEVABLE.
We hired an editor to assemble the movie, as well as cover a final reconstructing and mastering of the audio. Also, a new score was recorded by Taken By Savages, using ’80s synthesizers and perfectly emulating the era’s sound.
In its raw state, the movie was HUGELY entertaining, but it’s a monumental video era triumph in its long-delayed final form. It was not only James Bryan's final directorial effort (to date), but his last collaboration with the mighty Renee Harmon. The duo spent decades together in the exploitation trenches, and Jungle Trap ranks among their best work. Seriously.