Primitive savagery meets the brutality of the modern world in Ruggero Deodato’s timeless slice of visceral horror – Cannibal Holocaust, a film so violent and depraved that the director was charged with killing his own cast!
Anthropologist Harold Munroe is hellbound as he travels into the green inferno of South America’s rainforest in an attempt to find a documentary crew lost months before. Instead of survivors he discovers a world of cannibalistic excess beyond his wildest imaginings but when he returns home and screens the footage left behind by the eviscerated filmmakers, chaos erupts as the screen is filled with some of most disturbing images ever committed to celluloid. —Shameless Screen Entertainment
Growing up in Rome’s Parioli region, home to many of Italian cinema’s most notable figures of the 1950s, Ruggero Deodato naturally found an interest in cinema, as his friendship with the son of director Roberto Rossellini led to an assistant director job on Il Generale della Rovere in 1959. Over the next eight years, Deodato’s talents led him to assist on more than 40 films for such luminaries as Mauro Bolognini, Riccardo Freda, and Joseph Losey, and in 1968 he was rewarded with his first official film as director, Fenomenal e il Tesoro di Tutankamen (earlier, he had completed the direction of Antonio Margheriti’s 1964 film Ursus il Terrore dei Kirghisi but his contributions were uncredited). Deodato dabbled in many different genres over his lengthy career, from romantic dramas (L’Ultimo Sapore dell’Aria) to violent police thrillers (Uomini si Nasce, Poliziotti si Muore) to disaster epics (Concorde Affair ‘79), but it is in the realm of ultraviolent horror that he is best known. Creator… read more
A misunderstood, misrepresented gem. I can't believe in this feeble, liberal age, all people see are the slice-and-dice-the-critters scenes, but miss the whole point about the degradation of the soul in the indifferent realm of nature.
The animal cruelty hangs over this film like a putrid cloud. Its commentary is sometimes paradoxical in an interesting way, but sometimes downright hypocritical. It had the potential for thoughtful interrogations of spectatorship, misogyny and ethnocentrism, but it glides hazily past the issues and gets lost in all the grisly nihilism and senseless, merciless violence. Excruciating to watch, but worth discussing.
I found this film to be extremely powerful and haunting. This film was and still is extremely controversial mainly due to the legitimate killings of live animals on-screen. The remainder of the violence… read review