Director – Alan Birkinshaw (The Masque of the Red Death, The House of Usher)
Starring – Stuart Whitman (Night of the Lepus, Aaahh!!! Real Monsters), Edmund Purdom (Pieces, Killer vs Killer), and Woody Strode (Spartacus, Vigilante)
Release Date – 1982
Rating – 3/5
Blu Review – 2.5/5
A few days ago I busted into the Severin Film’s release of the 1976 horror flick Born for Hell. I was not expecting to enjoy that one ass much as I did which put me in a mood to binge the other Severin releases that were sitting by the television. The second film sitting there was the 1982 adventure horror film Invaders of the Lost Gold aka Greed. This was one that I was really curious with but didn’t know if I would dig it. Regardless, I want to thank MVD and Severin for sending this one my way because I did enjoy it.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows a group of treasure hunters who adventure deep into the jungles of the Philippines where a troupe of Japanese soldiers hid it in a cave when the local tribe attacked them. Now these treasure hunters make the dangerous trek into the jungle in hopes of finding the treasure but someone among them plans of keeping it all to themselves. **Spoiler Alert**
Invaders of the Lost Gold is not what I was expecting but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It did drag on at times and a lot of the characters are pointless but it was a fun late night watch. The acting in this one is pretty well done by the entire cast but only a few of the characters stood out from the others. None of the cast really stands out but some of the characters are a little more entertaining than the others.
The story for this one blends jungle adventure with murder mystery disguised as tribal exploitation flick. It starts out strong as first but then finds itself hitting a crawl with random moments of action and mystery. The twist you see coming but the ride there is still fun. Finally, the film has some bloody moments but nothing too graphic or memorable. The film is more focused on the journey and the mystery aspect over the exploitation and bloodshed. Overall, Invaders of the Lost Gold is an unusual film that I found myself really enjoying. The movie did drag on at times but the action and murder mystery angle did work. It’s fun for a first time watch but I don’t see myself revisiting it anytime. The release from Severin looks great and one I would highly recommend.
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