Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

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During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.


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14 March 2019 | peytong00
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| Once you've seen it, you'll never unsee it...
Cannibal Holocaust truly is one of the most disturbing and uncomfortable films I've ever seen. Released in 1980, the movie has gained a reputation over the years as being one of the most controversial films ever made, and I think it rightfully deserves that title. Now this is a hard film to recommend, especially considering all of the brutal onscreen violence, rape, dismemberment, genital mutilation, and of course the incredibly hard to watch real life animal killings. However, whether you love or hate the film you can't argue that it's very well crafted. As with most Italian movies the cinematography is great, the soundtrack beautiful and the locations exotic. The tropical scenery truly is stunning to watch and music even greater to listen to.

The film focuses on a group of young film makers who venture out into the Amazon Rainforest to make a documentary on the local tribes, and as to be expected they never return. A professor is destined to recover the lost footage to put the story to rest and hopefully find out what happened to the crew. What unravels next is an example of one of the earliest found footage horror films ever conceived, made nearly two decades before The Blair Witch Project, and similar to that film the director strived to convince the audience that what they were seeing was real, so much so that he had the actors sign contracts to disappear from the media for a year to let the realism of the film sink in which later lead to his arrest, as the courts were convinced that the deaths depicted in the movie were genuine. However once he was able to get in touch with the actors and have them appear in court all charges were dropped, other than a small fine for the animal killings.

From its shocking visuals to its gritty realism Cannibal Holocaust is a very effective film that, like many people have said, is very realistic and has a much deeper meaning to it than one might think. Director Ruggero Deodato's intention (or so I think) was to make a film that deglorified our civilized society, showing the viewer that we, the civilized people, are the true monsters, not the cannibals. The movies' pessimistic tone and negative outlook on society actually makes for an overall depressing and unpleasant experience, a film that truly makes you feel bad in the end.

The movie has quite a sporadic fan base, with famous directors like Oliver Stone, Quentin Tarantino and Sergio Leone all supposedly being confessed fans of it. So much in fact that Oliver Stone payed homage to the film by replicating one of the most famous scenes in his movie Platoon (1986) and Sergio Leone wrote a letter of gratitude to Deodato complimenting him on the realism and the ability to produce such an effective and encaptivating movie. If you're looking for a fun horror film to watch with friends this is definitely not it. The movie is very dark and unsettling, making the viewer feel horrible after watching. Approach with caution, this movie is not for the squeamish, faint of heart, or easily offended and I suggest that those younger than 17 should avoid completely, only recommended to the most hardcore of horror fans and exploitation enthusiasts. You have been warned.

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Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen and Carl Gabriel Yorke were opposed to the real animal death scenes. In the script, was Yorke's character who killed the pig, but due to his refusal, Luca Barbareschi did it without any problem (even during the scene kicked wildly the animal before shoot him). Yorke said that it was very difficult to continue with the scene while he heard pig's agonizing screams, and he was unable to say his lines correctly. He also said that if he would know that animals would be killed during the filming, he wouldn't have accepted to make the movie. Although Pirkanen was in a way an active part during the turtle scene, according with Ruggero Deodato, he cried after that scene and after the death of every animal. Ciardi also spoke negatively about that scenes, especially the monkey and turtle scene, and described last one as the worst experience of her life. After the monkey scene, some people of the cast and crew said that if another animal was killed for an scene, they'll drop out the filming, but nobody could keep that promise.


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PABS Reporter: Man is omnipotent; nothing is impossible for him. What seemed like unthinkable undertakings yesterday are history today. The conquest of the moon for example: who talks about it anymore? Today we are already on the threshold of conquering our galaxy...


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During the Shamatari tribe attack, the Yanomamo members whose came to the rescue are visibly laughing, the same that in the Yacumo village fire scene, in which some of the Yacumo members are visibly laughing when they're running into the hut.


Crazy Credits

In the opening credits: "For the sake of authenticity some of the sequences have been retained in their entirety."


Alternate Versions

The EC Entertainment Deluxe Collector's Edition (single disc) is uncut and runs at 94 minutes, but is missing five seconds of the Last Road to Hell sequence. The EC Entertainment 2-disc Ultrabit Limited Edition is also uncut and includes the complete Last Road to Hell sequence.

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