Reviews of Cannibal Holocaust
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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 in the film was, although some might argue, simulated.
As a piece of horror, I can’t think of any other horror film that’s had as big of an effect on me. The combination of the cinema verite photography(the last half of the film displays the most effective use of creative cinematography I’ve seen in a long time), the haunting score and the repugnant violence is extremely convincing and downright revolting at times. This is an ultimately well-crafted horror film, and although I believe the filmmakers practiced immoral and irresponsible acts for the sake of art, I can’t deny the impact of the film. Furthermore, the attempt of the film to inject a social commentary about exploitation and violence was completely hypocritical, sloppy and weak. I don’t condone the actions carried out by the filmmakers by any means but this is the work of talented individuals.
I don’t think I want to or will ever watch this again, but it’s not something that will leave my mind and that alone is an achievement. This is something nobody should watch unless they have a strong stomach, an open mind and curiosity about controversy.
- Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
The notorious cult classic masterwork of the short-lived “cannibal” sub-genre of 70s Italian exploitation films actually lives up to its shocking reputation – it works both as a disturbing and surreal nightmare of a horror film, as well as a bold (if none too subtle, and morally questionable) media satire. Startlingly original storytelling, though some of the climactic torture scenes do drag on a bit too long. Riz Ortolani’s memorable score brings an ironic sense of class to the otherwise sleazy proceedings.
- Currently 4.0/5 Stars.