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Ah, primitive babes in leopardskin bikinis doing expressive dances while their girlfriends beat bongo drums. Tiki culture is back in, and how Daddio.

Some of our favourite jungle movies to harvest loops from:

  • She Demons (1958). Featuring an island of babes being held captive and cruelly experimented upon by an evil Nazi scientist. His horrific experiments involve their temporary uglification - what a tragedy! At one stage they make a daring escape, but are recaptured when they decide to do an interpretative dance (complete with jungle drums) right near the entrance to the Nazi hideout. Worth buying for that scene alone.
  • The Astounding She Monster (1958). Not as good as She Demons, as there isn't any expressive dancing. Silly gangsters-hold-good-guys-hostage-in-remote-hideout movie with the highlight being a mysterious alien woman in a shiny silver skintight suit whose perilously torpedo-like chest places them all in great jeopardy. She glows brightly in the dark and moves very slowly, but somehow manages to keep catching them by surprise. Both movies feature the classic "there's a monster about, let's all separate and wander around in the dark alone" plot device.
  • Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946). Oh yay, more expressive dancing in skimpy leopard-skin costumes! A group of anti-British rebel natives band together in a leopard-worshipping cult. Couldn't help but cheer for the rebels when they raid an imperialist caravan wearing the cutest little leopard suits. They looked like Max from "Where the Wild Things Are" (see below). There are some great scenes where they dance ritualistically around a fire in a cave and do what looks like calisthenics in their leopard-suits, worshipping their Queen - Yep, a babe in a skimpy leopard-skin bikini :)
  • Tarzan and the Mermaids (1948). Another old Tarzan movie worth getting for the babes. Actually, there are no mermaids. There's one chick who's quite a proficient swimmer, and thus manages to escape her fate of being sacrificed to the Great God (who looks remarkably Aztec or Mayan, but is in fact an evil Nazi pearl-trader in a costume).
  • King Kong (1933). The original with Fay Wray - a cult classic, and deservedly so. You can get a hundred brilliant loops out of this flick, as well as watching the movie over and over again.
  • Where The Wild Things Are (1960's?). Yes, there's a short animated cartoon made from the book. It's got a very cool jazz soundtrack, and although only a few minutes long it's definitely worth getting hold of - wasn't that everyone's favourite book as a kid?

If you're looking for an instant collection of very cool old movies to harvest from, the following are all from 50 Sci-Fi Classics - a must-buy collection. In fact all of that series are well worth the money, even though they're mostly Public Domain movies. Why there are so many Tiki/Jungle type movies in a supposedly Sci Fi collection is odd, but it's a great collection nonetheless.

  • The Horrors of Spider Island (1959). One of the MOST hilariously camp 50's babe movies, and also excellent for harvesting clips as there's some considerable amount of retro babes dancing in bikinis, snogging, catfighting in their underwear etc.
  • Mesa of Lost Women (1953). One of the best Expressive Dance scenes in a movie - a Hispanic babe infected with the arachnid-gene in a mad scientist's laboratory becomes a sexy man-eater. Aren't crazy babes the sexiest?
  • Queen of the Amazons (1946)
  • King of Kong Island (1968)
  • Bride of the Gorilla (1951)
  • Lost Jungle (1934)
  • Prehistoric Women (1950)
  • White Pongo (1945)
  • The She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)
  • The Wild Women of Wongo (1959)

Also worth getting hold of for Jungle content are:

  • The Jungle Book - with Sabu (1942) Rudyard Kipling's classic story of the Noble Savage and the corruption that civilisation necessarily brings.
  • Tarzan Triumphs (1943)
  • Trazan's Desert Mystery (1948)
  • Tarzan and the Huntress (1947)
  • Tarzan and the Amazons (1945)
  • The New Adventures of Tarzan (Series, 1935)

Note: If you're a fellow VJ and would like to exchange loops at your preferred res, email us. Our preferred video settings are on our technical page.

We do recommend buying movies you use loops from. While using short loops during live VJing is argued within the industry to be 'fair use', it's still good karma to buy a copy if there's any chance that the studio may get some of the do$h (ie, if it's a legal copy and it's not in the Public Domain)

This isn't the case with Public Domain stuff - nothing usually goes to the studio that originally made it, but they're generally so cheap it's worth buying them on DVD for the sheer convenience factor.


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