Cannibal Holocaust details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Luca Barbareschi, Robert Kerman, Salvatore Basile, Francesca Ciardi|
|Studio:||ORBIT MEDIA LTD|
|Run time:||1 hour 26 minutes|
|Rental release:||Limited availability|
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You've been invited for dinner.By JediSi (301 reviews) from Kent , 27 Aug 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]A group of film makes have gone missing in the jungle. Curious parties send out a group to find out what happened to the missing crew. Along the way they are witness to some truly shocking events involving the natives, who seem to be unduly hostile to ward them. They manage to uncover the missing team's film footage, but the team itself remains lost. They return to civilization and view the footage, hoping to find the truth. They find out much more than they wanted to know.
This is one of the bleakest to come out of the cannibal cycle. There is almost no humour, and what little there is just about as uncomfortable as it is funny. It also has some of the most violent scenes I have ever seen put of film. Direction is sharp, but intentionally rough, there are no clean edges to the picture.
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Incredibly shocking and influentialBy Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 13 Aug 2013Professor goes to the Amazon, spends time with lost tribe, comes across film from last expedition, returns home and studies footage. Ruggero Deodatos notorious video nasty which after all these years is still incredibly shocking and influential within the horror genre. You could say its the Godfather of the found footage film which led to so many imitations years later and the second half of the film has an impending doom which you cant tear your eyes away from. The big issue is the animal cruelty which is not staged with the cast quite clearly butchering real live things and although the skinning of the rat was cut the rest was here in its whole unsavoury glory. The other scenes that make for uncomfortable viewing are its misogynistic overtones from both the tribe and the main cast with a lot of scenes not being necessary on their intent to degrade women. Where it does excel though are the visual sfx which are gruesome and very real especially towards the end and also its filmed very well with decent editing and doesnt have a low budget B-movie feel like youd expect. I wouldnt say its a must watch film for everyone but certainly for fans of the horror genre its interesting to see the influence that it had on future film-making.
Dreadful dreadfulBy Thegaycritic (125 reviews) , 09 Aug 2013No. Dreadful movie. No plot. No decent actors. Maybe the nudity bits were gratuitous. Really not worth watching at all.
Violent and shockingBy a customer , 25 Apr 2013Good film, very violent and shocking. Good effects for the era,acting not the best though!!If you like horror then rent it!
The Blair Witchs grandfatherBy TheWatchman (749 reviews) from Suburbia , 19 Jan 2013Its impossible to talk about Cannibal Holocaust without mentioning The Blair Witch Project. Blair Witch is (wrongly) labelled as inventing the found footage genre, when, in fact it simply rebooted it. Cannibal Holocaust did it almost twenty years previous. We hear at the beginning how four young film-makers travelled deep into the jungle, only to never be heard from again. A professor, curious as to their fate, retraces their path and finds their footage. What you have here is two stories in one. You have the more traditional Hollywood story-telling of the professor talking to TV executives about showing the found footage on network television and the footage which was retrieved from the jungles (first person, ala Blair Witch). I only got to see the edited UK version of this film, but the footage, both from the professor who follows them and the film-makers themselves remains as shocking today as it was at the time. Cannibal Holocaust was banned at the time of release and even had claims of being a stuff film (i. e. one where real people are killed on camera). This maybe untrue, but viewers should be warned that, although the people who die are all just covered in fake blood and prosthetics, REAL animals were killed for the making of the film. Those with strong views on this may wish to steer clear. However, the animal cruelty is only fleeting. What you have are pretty strong scenes of torture which make the Hostel franchise seem tame in comparison. The footage, being shot in the eighties and on non professional cameras, gives the film a deliberately raw feel about it which even the Blair Witch Project cant even match. Plus you have the music which is both creepy and tranquil at the same time. As you have probably guessed, the film-makers (on film) meet a grisly end at the hands (and teeth, obviously) of the cannibals in the jungle. Although, where we probably felt sorry for those behind the camera in Blair Witch and other such films, here the film-makers were pretty horrible. Some may see that they got what they deserved. Its hard to enjoy this film in a traditional viewing sense. Yet it remains a deserved lynchpin in the horror genres history. Bottom line: for those with strong stomachs ONLY.
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Truly shocking!By CHRISTOBEN (131 reviews) from Loughborough , 17 Jan 2013There are only two or three horror films that have genuinely shocked me and left me with a really nasty taste in my mouth and this is one of them! Not for the faint hearted!