In 1990, exploitation auteur James Bryan (Don't Go in the Woods) pulled out his video camera and made an utterly insane decapitation-fueled horror movie about a jungle hotel haunted by kill-crazy ghosts in loincloths. It remained unfinished until the team at Bleeding Skull found it 26 years later.
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Maverick exploitation filmmaker James Bryan had a legendary career making adult movies, action epics (Lady Street Fighter), biker flicks (Hell Riders), and drive-in classics (Don't Go in the Woods). But his most bizarre undertaking may have been his final film, Jungle Trap, a homemade, shot-on-video horror adventure about a doctor (Bryan's frequent collaborator and star Renee Harmon) who a leads expedition deep into the jungles of South America and directly into the territory of an extinct native tribe that may not be as dead as they thought. Filled with excessive decapitations, murderous ghost warriors, and alcoholic airplane pilots, this oddball gem was shot in 1990, just as the direct-to-video market was starting to wane. Unable to find the money to complete the film, Bryan filed away the raw footage and abandoned the project. 26 years later, the team at independent horror and exploitation label, Bleeding Skull!, discovered Bryan's forgotten footage and their jaws hit the floor. Working under the guidance of the director, they launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the final editing, sound mixing, and creation of an original retro-synth film score, and now the lovably silly Jungle Trap is finally ready for the world.
James Bryan is the trailblazing legend behind such exploitation classics as Don't Go in The Woods and Lady Street Fighter.
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- Director: James Bryan
- Principal Cast: Renee Harmon, Frank Neuhaus, Heidi Ahn, Tim de Haas, Bill Luce, Jan Vanderberg
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2016
- Running Time: 72 minutes
- Producer: Renee Harmon, Joseph A. Ziemba, Annie Choi, Zack Carlson
- Screenplay: James Bryan, Renee Harmon
- Cinematographers: Robert Avila
- Editors: Don Swaynos
- Music: Taken By Savages
- Filmography: Bizarre Encounters (1986); Hell Riders (1984); Don't Go in the Woods (1981); Boogievision (1977); I Love You, I Love You Not (1974); The Dirtiest Game (1970)
- Language: English
- Format: BluRay
- US Distributor: Bleeding Skull! Video