JOE D’AMATO WEEK: Paradisio Blu (1980)

Unlike IMDB, we’d like you to know that this movie is not Adam and Eve vs. the Cannibals, which is a fine movie, but was directed by Enzo Doria and Luigi Russo, the same team that made another Blue Lagoon ripoff called The Blue Island.

No, this is Joe D’Amato’s Blue Lagoon ripoff, except he didn’t want this movie to be lumped into the many erotic films he had directed. He had higher hopes for this movie, seeing it as an erotic story in an exotic setting, which is semantics but there you go. Instead, he had star Anna Bergman — yes, the daughter of Ingmar — sign on as the director in the hopes that this would make the movie a success. It did not.

After a plane crash, the virginal Peter (Dan Monahan, Pee Wee from Porky’s) and the more experienced Karen (Bergman) are the only two survivors, ending up on an island where they sooner or later jam the clam, have some horizontal refreshments and, you know, have sex.

Yet what will happen when a swarthy stranger (John Richardson, Black Sunday) arrives? And just what’s happening with the cult on the island and their sacrifice Inez (Lucia Ramirez, who appears in all of D’Amato’s Caribbean movies)?

Written by Mimmo Cattarinich (who also wrote Little Lips and was in the camera crew for Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! which kind of blows my mind) and our good old friend Luigi Cozzi (do we even have to tell you his history?), Blue Paradise is way better than it should be and feels like a grab for some kind of mainstream success by a filmmaker better suited for the dirty minded.

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