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Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977)
Spoiler Alert !

Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching the film.
There have been dozens of Emanuelle sexploitation movies made since the early 1970s, but this movie just takes advantage of the name and is not legally related to the original series or its title character. It's one of a series of Spanish-Italian "Black Emanuelle" films. It also took advantage of the cannibal movies exploitation genre that was popular at that time, some of which are also on my list. Another movie on my snakes in movies list, made by the same director (Joe Damato) and starring the same actress (Laura Gemser) is Eva Nera, aka Black Cobra Woman.

Here's a blurb that describes this movie: "A gruesome cannibalistic slaying at a New York City hospital sends investigative journalist Emanuelle into a steamy jungle inferno to track down the last existing cannibal tribe! See Emanuelle face her greatest carnal challenge. Will Emanuelle's erotic charms tame the most savage, flesh-hungry beast?"

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The Snake Scene

As Emanuelle and her companions are setting up camp by a river in the Amazon jungle, Emanuelle sits under a tree to load her camera. That's a bad idea in a jungle movie, because there are killer snakes in every tree in the movies. (When I was in the Amazon hunting for snakes, we didn't find many. Maybe I should have just sat down under a tree and waited.) Sure enough, we see a large constrictor slowly climb across a tree branch and lower itself then drop onto Emmanuelle. It wraps itself around her neck and tries to strangle her to death. That isn't impossible, but it's not very likely. It's just not how large constrictors hunt. Not to mention that she's way too big for this snake to eat. But this is a softcore porn sexploitation movie, not a nature documentary, so we get the snake-falling-around-the-actor's neck cliche. Two of Emanuelle's companions whip out their rifles and the nun pulls out a grenade launcher from under her habit. (I made up the part about the nun, but it would have improved the scene.) The man and woman with rifles don't shoot the snake for fear of hitting Emanuelle, but another man who must be a better shot shoots the snake with his rifle and they pull it off of her.

Nobody is watching a movie like this to learn about snake identification and geographical distribution, but it's my duty to inform you here that the snake we see is a Burmese Python, a species that is only found in the wild in Asia and Africa, not in South America.