While the pornographic material may (will) overwhelm the viewer, at least Holocaust backs it up with subtext on complicity in atrocity and the capability of the human to inhuman acts. The divine retribution that follows is audience manipulation that would make Hitch proud.
“Cannibal Holocaust” is a weird mixture of exploitation movie, social criticism towards western supremacism (in part just an excuse for the exploitation, but in part honest, I think), lousy dialogue and cheesy acting. Yet as transgressive cinema it is somehow intriguing, although the shock value has worn off and some scenes are unintentionally funny. Deserves its place in film history.
What an unnecessary film. I think it does bring to discussion cinema ethics: what are images for and how far do you go to get them. Besides being a gory amazonian trip, it's shock-after-shock and more shock - not the kind of cinema I'm interested on: I dig stories as a full ride, and not as a bunch of sick scenes.
I appreciate it's one of the earliest "found footage" films, and that aspect is executed quite well. The rest unfortunately is just pointless gore fest. Acting is pretty bad, the plot absolutely ridiculous... The shock value wears off and what's left is a cheap provocation, and the title "Cannibal Holocaust" probably sums it best ;)
Daring and bold with some scenes though script was rubbish and acting from lead actors poor. Not sure how I ended up here after watching Taxi Driver! I did like the nudity and madness upto the first half of the film because the Director pushed boundaries. Disliked depictions of animal cruelty nor the latter half of the film. One star for creativity and for the soundtrack and bizarreness. Best watched drunk!
Really quite appalled by this gratuitously violent film. Astonished that any international distributor would come within five miles of it. I don't know what sickens me more: the film's content or the hypocritical "moral" wrapper it comes in. It takes a lot to turn my stomach, but this certainly did. This is not horror, it's revulsion.
Disgusting violence against women that nevertheless gave me a hard-on of a type that I got from National Geographic as a child, it must be the mud. The film also jogged a haunted memory of the 'turtle torture' scene, I can't imagine how I saw it. I skipped all the animal bits. the naked girl on a stake has just appeared in the sidebar of a webpage as a MUBI ad, WTF!? If you like the music check Johnn Trunks website.