“Explorer Woman Ray” (1989) IMDb


Pulp archaeology in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).


Young twins bring an artifact to a female archaeologist at a modern South American dig. The archaeologist competes with a team of ruffians under the leadership of a caped entrepreneur to settle the fate of the secrets of the ancient Ord, a civilization whose monstrous god ate the light of the sun.


Massively improbable setting. An optical illusion in the scene of the villain’s introduction helps make him very silly. Also, it never gets Lovecraftian, despite the blurb. Still, a pretty decent—albeit kitschy—feminist and Nazi-less Jones clone with a bit of Castle in the Sky (1986) thrown in.

animation fiction Japanese production moving picture