Cannibal Holocaust
Italy, 1980, 95 minutes, HD
Can a movie go too far?
Cannibal Holocaust Synopsis

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.


The ultimate video nasty is now presented as never experienced before -remastered in HD from original sources – and with the 1st ever Director’s New Edit, it is still THE most controversial film ever made.

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Reviewed by fbcaird
Well I finally got around to watching Cannibal Holocaust. I had been aware of this film for the past thirty years but had never made any attempt to actually watch... more
Well I finally got around to watching Cannibal Holocaust. I had been aware of this film for the past thirty years but had never made any attempt to actually watch it. It just sounded too repulsive. Well, as I say, that is until now. The reputation of this movie goes before it and its plot line is so well known that I just don't feel the need to go over it again. What I will do is simply give my emotional reaction to it. I think this is justifiable simply because this is a movie that assaults you. I can't honestly say I enjoyed it, I would say more accurately I endured it. As many probably know, many of the films from the video nasty list are amazingly light-weight and inoffensive. Well this one isn't in that category. This is a very nasty and mean-spirited affair indeed. Interestingly, its director Ruggero Deodato was responsible for the other film on the video nasty list that is closest to Cannibal Holocaust's level of repulsiveness and that was The House on the Edge of the Park (1980). That one has a draw-droppingly excessive amount of sexual violence and it's overall extremely disturbing. Both films make you feel somewhat dirty for having watched them. I suppose you have to say that Deodato is a very uncompromising director indeed. These are films not for the not-so-easily offended. Many horror fans will find them too exploitatively nasty.\r\n\r\nCannibal Holocaust shares the very repulsive sexual violence of Park but it brings in two other key ingredients, namely an underlying social commentary and the infamous animal slaughter. The latter is a feature of the Italian Cannibal films in general and it really makes for diabolically horrible viewing. It's a pretty low way to shock audiences by shooting a pig – okay you've got our attention but where is the skill in that. In fairness, even worse things happen in slaughterhouses every day but there is just something particularly nauseating about the gloating nature of the turtle scene, with the characters goofing around with the poor beast's severed head for the camera. All of the excesses of the movie mean that the social commentary is somewhat lost in the mix. The idea that the media exploit events for their own gain is most certainly one that carries some weight, particularly in the case of the Italian 60's Mondo movies of which I am sure were a big influence on this film. But it's so very, very hard to get past the extreme violence.\r\n\r\nHow to rate Cannibal Holocaust? It's one of the most difficult films for me to score because this is a well-made film and it has definitely sickened me and that was the intention. But much of the experience for me was a negative one where I felt somewhat debased actually watching it. So I have settled for a middling score that reflects the skill and originality of this genuinely troubling movie but which also acknowledges that in many other ways I was appalled.
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Reviewed by AttilatheHan
If you are looking for date night material, look away now. . .

A group of filmmakers arrive in the Amazon rainforest to shoot a documentary on the indigenous... more
If you are looking for date night material, look away now. . .\r\n\r\nA group of filmmakers arrive in the Amazon rainforest to shoot a documentary on the indigenous tribes. Their anthropological quest quickly takes a hideous turn, however, descending into a succession of incredibly violent acts of cruelty upon the people and wildlife which they encounter. \r\n\r\nCannibal Holocaust thoroughly lives up to the notoriety that still surrounds it today -thirty-five years since its release. Having said that, the film is nonetheless memorable as an extraordinary piece of social realism about group behaviour or as a commentary on the savagery of European colonialism. \r\n\r\nTo put it plainly: Cannibal Holocaust strongly merits a viewing - but you cannot “unwatch” this film which retains its power to shock and disgust. \r\n
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Reviewed by PhilipBHufflerub
Gadzooks, man, these are cannibals! Honest to god cannibals! This film frightened the balls out of my wife, had her curling in the corner like a turtle, which, given how... more
Gadzooks, man, these are cannibals! Honest to god cannibals! This film frightened the balls out of my wife, had her curling in the corner like a turtle, which, given how this film treats its turtles, puts her in a pretty lousy position heh heh. Then again, watching this film, I'd rather be a turtle than a foetus. After Boy with the Striped Pyjamas, this is my favourite holocaust film. To watch any other cannibal film would be a Cannibal Hollow Cause! Ha!
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Reviewed by Samueldtodd
Looking today at many of the films that made the Director of Public Prosecutions list of obscene titles in 1983, the so-called ‘Video Nasties’, makes one wonder what all the... more
Looking today at many of the films that made the Director of Public Prosecutions list of obscene titles in 1983, the so-called ‘Video Nasties’, makes one wonder what all the fuss was about. Besides a couple of (usually unconvincing) gory moments, the average film on the list lacks any punch, panache and certainly anything that could be deemed harmful to the public…and then there’s Cannibal Holocaust.\r\n\r\nI’m somewhat reluctant to heap praise on Cannibal Holocaust, but don’t misconstrue any praise as the condonation of the acts of animal cruelty that earned its notoriety; I wouldn’t say ignore them, but there’s certainly more to Cannibal Holocaust than its savagery. It’s a film of two distinct halves, the first sees a rescue team on the search of a missing documentary crew in the Amazon rainforest, there they discover a shrine and selection of tapes made by the missing crew. It’s an uneventful first half; the truly nasty stuff is reserved for the second in which we witness the fate of the film crew. \r\n\r\nAn early example of “found footage” style of filmmaking, the second half is truly disturbing. If director Ruggero Deodato’s aim was to make the crew as unlikeable as possible, he over shot his target. The acts they commit on the local tribesmen are nothing short of barbaric, stripping them of their humanity and showing no remorse for doing so. But perhaps more disturbing is how real it all feels, even today.\r\n\r\nBut Cannibal Holocaust doesn’t exist solely to shock, there’s an interesting message to be gleaned about journalist integrity and media sensationalism, but the same message could probably have been made without the acts of animal cruelty. Cannibal Holocaust revels in its verisimilitude, and its ability to shock hasn’t diminished 35 years later.
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  • The film is brilliant and very realistic. I did have to look away, though, during the animal scenes. Brutal.

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