You’re maybe wondering with a title like this, what to expect of the upcoming Reely Queer: An LGBTQ+ Movie Night.
It’s so vague, right? Well, this is a movie about a deadly jungle that is the home to some of the best avocados in the world. A jungle of death, if you will, named so because of the cannibal women who live there.
A strange film, a brilliant film, a stupid film. Such experiences are often only found in cinema classics like The Old Dark House, People Under the Stairs, Maximum Overdrive and Spider-man 3. This one is different, to say the least. Unlike The Old Dark House, it’s not regarded as a ‘cult classic,’ and it doesn’t have a big name like Wes Craven or Stephen King attached to it like People Under the Stairs and Maximum Overdrive. It’s wild and funny and stupid. It doesn’t pack the wallop that Spider-man 3 does in being a blockbuster film that has notoriety.
This film is largely unknown to the masses. This makes sense as it’s not seen much airtime. I only found this film because Elvira presented this on her 13 Nights of Halloween Hulu Special.
The reason I often name drop this movie is because it’s not only fun to say, “THE CANNIBAL WOMEN OF THE AVOCADO JUNGLE OF DEATH,” but it’s also a cleverly written, one-liner packed, low budget, wonderfully acted, and most of all ENTERTAINING piece of media.
The theme is feminism, and the men are always the butt of the joke. Masculinity is quite literally deadly in this film, as the Cannibal Women of the Avocado Jungle of Death devour men who intrude upon their territory. There isn’t a ‘big strong brave man’ in this film, there’s only Jim (played by Bill Maher) who is a real ‘man’s man’ and serves only to show how clever and strong Dr. Margo Hunt (Shannon Tweed) is by comparison. Their discourse surrounding feminism and sex and love and power are funny and interesting. The movie doesn’t exist solely to be politically correct, it’s not. At all. However, it’s cleverness and it’s wink-wink nature entertain even the most critical among us.
What I hope to achieve by subjecting my audience to this movie is the same as any, I want to provide an entertaining movie that might leave you thinking, “What the hell did this old bag just make me watch?” and also possibly make you see something special in these dusty old tapes that I’ve watched over and over again. If your interest is piqued, come on out to Play Louisville for Reely Queer: An LGBTQ+ Movie Night on Sunday, March 20th, at 7 p.m., to bear witness to one of my all-time favorite B-Movies, The Cannibal Women of the Avocado Jungle of Death.