Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Directed by Ruggero Deodato

Starring Robert Kerman, Carl Gabriel Yorke

I kept going back and forth on whether or not to post this one, but for the horror/gore fans, it just doesn’t get any better/worse. This is the sickest, most disturbing movie you will probably ever see. I can’t even post the poster, because it would be in poor taste. I’m giving all the warnings now, because I don’t want the wrong people renting this film thinking it’s going to be the next Mary Kate and Ashley team-up romp. This is just horrible at it’s most horribleness.

It’s sick.

The film revolves around the discovery of some tapes from a lost American documentary crew that disappeared in the Amazon rainforrest and the filmmaker Monroe who followed their journey to discover what happened. After encountering two extremely savage tribes of cannibals, he comes to find that the documentary crew behaved poorly around the natives and were thusly dispatched in the most gruesome way possible.

That’s the plot. What fills in the other 90 minutes is the most disturbing gore and horror you can possibly imagine. Controversy is rife surrounding this film as numerous real animals were slaughtered on film and some very unsavory material is explored, rape, murder, torture, dismemebering, impalment, you get the idea.

Highly sensationalized and definitely exploitational, this film was railed by critics upon its release and banned from most countries. The director was even brought up on charges of murder, claiming that Holocaust was a snuff film. What’s disturbing is that clips of actual execution footage are used in the film, taken from The Last Road to Hell. It also happens to be one of the most successful horror movies ever made, which is an interesting reflection on our society.

After watching this I felt a strong need to shower and burn my clothes. It’s that disturbing. It makes films like Hostel and Saw look like a Vegetales movie. Don’t see this movie unless you want to be scarred for life.

Other Notable Films by this Director: Seriously? You watched and you want more? You’re sick.

Don’t watch the trailer at work…

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