Woah. And there is more Francoism going on here! Witness the introduction for FURIA, the dominatrix, dancer, adventurer...evil person. Of course, she dances and smacks around assistants that disappoint her. Can anyone ID this actress?
And of course, THE GOLD BUG ATTACK!!
William Berger appears in the final third of the film as Dr. Quasimodo in what was to be his last film, he really goes to town with his lines and insane exposition as well. There is a great bit where he explains his luck by saying that rubbing the hump of hunchback is lucky, so he rubs HIS every morning when he wakes up!
And would any Franco light hearted adventure be the same without a great cameo? Listen for his line about Michael Jackson and take note that the next line of dialog includes an emphatic BEAT IT! Accident? I bet not. The clip also shows Charlie Chaplin Jr. walking past a random Chaplin mural. Talk about synchronicity!
And I bet you never thought you would see Jean Claude Van Damme's face slide away to have Lina Romay pass through it. Well...
Now, as goofy as some of it is, there are also some pieces that would have turned out really great I think, the introduction of some "mystic" guys (that later mug for a camera) is well done and has been floating about on YouTube for some time, check it out.
So, is this a lost gem? Probably not, but it is a very entertaining look at what could have been and might have stood as an interesting entry in the 90s Franco output and would go nicely with Dark Mission and Downtown Heat. Lina Romay definitely seems to be having fun as she is obviously amused during some takes and has a shower scene that turns into her hooking up with Charlie Chaplin's son.
For now, JUNGLE OF FEAR remains a path for the fearless amongst Franco fans to cut a swath through. Some of you may find it very rewarding!