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Turistas (Portuguese for "Tourists"), released in the UK and Ireland as Paradise Lost, is a 2006 American horror film directed by John Stockwell, starring Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, and Olivia Wilde. Its plot focuses on a group of international backpackers in Brazil who find themselves in the clutches of an underground organ harvesting ring.

It was the first American film to be exclusively shot in Brazil. It was also the first film distributed by Fox Atomic, a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, who released it theatrically in the United States on December 1, 2006.


This film includes examples of the following tropes:

  • Developing Doomed Characters: The film spends so long setting up the eponymous tourists' predicament (and, in the process, establishing how incredibly whiny, arrogant and unlikeable they all are) that by the time the Mad Scientist shows up it's surprisingly difficult not to think that breaking them all down and selling them for spare parts is really the best thing to do with them.
  • Organ Theft: Victims' usable organs are being harvested and sent to the People’s Hospital in Rio de Janeiro and used for the benefit of the poor.
  • Slipping a Mickey: After spending the day on the beach, the protagonists are served drugged drinks at the local cabana bar and pass out. They re-awaken to find themselves in the hands of the organleggers.


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