As the country is gripped by sub-zero temperatures, what better time than to put on APOCALYPSE NOW and feel a bit sweaty under the oppressive heat of Saigon; the depiction of the primordial swamp in the far reaches of the world has never been better; it’s one of the most immersive cinema experiences available. Jungles are one of those environments that cinema likes to locate monsters such as Marlon Brando’s Kurtz, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and, the biggest of them all, King Kong, who once resided on Bradford Road. I could have filled this list with monster movies instead I’ve gone for a novelty list
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1 JUNGLE BOOK (1967) Back before You Tube, DVDs or VHS we had to rely on Screen Test to provide clips of our favourite films, this Disney classic was one of the staple diet of clips and I saw Baloo eat a prickly pear many times before I actually watched the film.
2 CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980) When we get round to doing that ‘found tape’ list this one is going to make an appearance, until then let put it here. This is an exploitation version of jungle madness: Kurtz cut off heads, but at least he was kind to animals …
3 FITZCARALDO (1982) Klaus Kinski is determined to knock down rubber plants in his quest to get a boat on the Amazon for the sake of opera.
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5 TARZEN THE APE MAN (1981) Bo Derek in the nack can’t rescue this cack …