Nicola Rae as Nyoka Gordon The Return of Nyoka the Jungle Girl (2009):
Comics has been dabbling in extremely low-budget independent films
since their 2005 effort "Nightveil". I'd have to say that, with
this film, they're definitely getting better. The acting is okay
at best, but they're not working with really established actors; it's
acceptable. The camera work is decent, as are the CGI effects
with the pendulum, etc.
Nicola Rae was a good choice for Nyoka Gordon.
Besides looking good, she just has a fun, cutesy personality.
This film is extremely short, only 30 minutes, and is set up as the
fifth chapter of a fictitious movie serial. I'd actually like to
see the other chapters made! Set in present-day, this Nyoka
Gordon is the granddaughter of the original Nyoka Gordon. The
story centers around the resurrection of Satan the gorilla, the mad
beast of villainess Vultura from the last serial, "The Perils of
Nyoka". Vultura had a magic amulet that not only brought Satan
back to life, but also has the power to control the mighty
gorilla. A costumed villain known only as The Crimson Skull is
the lead antagonist in this show.
A person might have to be familiar with movie
serials to "get" most of the material. If you look at this short
film objectively, you'll actually see that many things in THIS "serial"
are done better and more grand than in the old serials of
yesteryear. This is made with a present-day sensitivity.
There is a small bit of swearing (Nyoka says "damn") and a good amount
of sexual innuendo. Still, I'd say it would barely make a PG
rating. Kids can see this, and might even have fun with it.
As a longtime fan of Nyoka the Jungle Girl I must
say I got a kick out of watching this fun little program. You
will, too. It's currently available for paid download at www.cultretro.com.
Soundtrack stock music from Republic Pictures,
the studio that produced the classic Nyoka serials, was used throughout
most of this short film.