A WEREWOLF IN THE AMAZON (2005) Reviews and overview



A Werewolf in the Amazon is a 2005 Brazilian supernatural horror film directed by Ivan Cardoso (The Seven VampiresThe Secret of the Mummy; Nosferato in Brazil) from a screenplay by Rubens Francisco Luchetti, Evandro Mesquita and Flávio de Souza. The film’s original title is Um Lobisomem na Amazônia.


Main cast:

Paul Naschy, Danielle Winits, Evandro Mesquita, Karina Bacchi, Nuno Leal Maia, Joana Medeiros, Tony Tornado, Guará Rodrigues, Pedro Neschling, Bruno de Luca, Analu Silveira, Orlando Drummond, Sidney Magal.


In search of a powerful hallucinogen, five friends embark on a dangerous journey deep into the Amazon. But a bad trip isn’t the only threat, as they discover when they stumble across the hidden camp of the crazed Doctor Moreau and his murderous animal-human hybrid creations…


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“As expected from Ivan Cardoso, the style is intentionally trashy and much closer to comedy than horror. Most of the humour is provided by the banter between Nuno Leal Maia and Tony Tornado playing a doctor and a cop investigating the murders, but other strange plot turns are amusing too, such as the dramatic musical number literally bursting out of nowhere.” Random Avenger

” … most people are going to object to the humor because it’s simply not funny and it takes away from the horror elements but outside of this I think the film offers some cheap thrills. Naschy turns in a good performance in the role of Moreau and the director even allows him a few sex scenes. The supporting actors are actually better than you’d expect in a film like this.” Michael Elliott, IMDb

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“Naschy mostly gives speeches in his lab full of bubbling vials and when the material is as lowbrow as this you kinda feel a bit sorry for him. Still, Naschy is Naschy and since everything here is quite tongue in cheek you do respect him for being a professional about it. The rest of the movie is spent with boring elderly teens who do take their clothes off a lot and the bumbling incompetent people in charge of solving the mysterious murders in the jungle.” Joachim Andersson, Letterboxd


Recent release:

Camp Motion Pictures released the film in the US on digital streaming and DVD on October 4, 2016.

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