Murderous ghost warriors . . . diabolical elderly bellboys . . . alcoholic airplane pilots . . . JUNGLE TRAP. This rampaging slab of shot-on-video anti-sanity was directed by exploitation demigod James Bryan in 1990, but remained unedited, unscored and unseen by human eyes . . . until now.
Beginning in the '70s, Bryan moved from adult erotica to action epics like LADY STREET FIGHTER, to drive-in horror masterpieces like DON’T GO IN THE WOODS. By the late ‘80s, the straight-to-video distribution gold rush was gradually evaporating, a realization he had only after he'd completed principal videography on JUNGLE TRAP: a particularly bizarre undertaking that he'd tackled with his longtime creative partner, Teutonic producer/actress Renee Harmon (think Madeline Kahn’s “Lily von Shtupp” from BLAZING SADDLES). Heartbroken, Bryan shelved his movie and never directed again.
Under Bryan’s guidance, the dedicated weirdos at SOV bible Bleeding Skull have taken all of the movie’s elements and reconstructed the “final cut”! Plus, a new score for the film was recorded by Taken By Savages, using ‘80s synthesizers to emulate 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.