Cannibal Holocaust

Release date: June 19, 1985

Director: Ruggero Deodato

Cast: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi, Salvatore Basile, Ricardo Fuentes, Carl Gabriel Yorke and Paolo Paoloni

If you're a horror/exploitation fan, you must of already heard about "Cannibal Holocaust". All roads lead to it. You will hear that it's an intense experience, full of carnage, cruelty and unmatchable viciousness in a horror flick. Believe the hype. "Cannibal Holocaust" is an experience worth having.

"Cannibal Holocaust" is a movie that will bring a wide variety of emotions out of you. It pretends to condemn the violence that it shows when it is clearly reveling in it. A professor and his team venture into the jungle to find a missing film team. All that he is able to find is the film that was left behind. He takes it back to New York to screen it. We get to see the film in parts and every part is extremely violent. This is where the movie's power lies. The scenes in the reporter's film are shot very realistically. Animals are actually killed which adds to the illusion of reality. There are clips in the film which show the reporters as being a corrupting influence on the tribe and stirring them up enough to warrant the tribe's vengeance. The last scene in the reporter's film is intense. This is the scene that will stick with you the most after the movie is over.

So is "Cannibal Holocaust" an exploitation film or a brutal horror flick? This answer of course is it is both. While the last scene is brutal, it also flashes back to the professor watching the tape and has him and his fellow movie watchers acting revolted at what they're seeing.

So should we also be morally disgusted or should we be thrilled to be viewing such intense violence? The film offers no real answers. Anybody who would watch something that is called "Cannibal Holocaust" would want to experience some violent thrills and perhaps be disturbed too. The movie pulls out all the stops when it comes to jungle violence but then goes on to condemn it like its horrible filth. Why the movie wants to have it both ways is never known. It might have something to do with the censorship at the time but it still leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

That said, the movie still is a must see for horror fans. It is certainly the greatest cannibal movie ever made.

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