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Never let the truth get in the way of a good story...
TITLE: Cannibal Holocaust
DIRECTOR: Ruggero Deodato
YEAR: 1979
DURATION: 98 mins
STARRING: Robert Kerman (Professor Harold Monroe), Gabriel Yorke (Alan Yates), Francesca Ciardi (Faye Daniels), Perry Pirkanen (Jack Anders), Luca Barbareschi (Mark Tommaso), Salvatore Basile (Jacko Losojos), Ricardo Fuentes (Miguel Lujan)
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Eaten alive! The ultimate terror movie...
REVIEWED BY: Judge Dread
WHAT CAN BE SAID about Ruggero Deodato's infamous Cannibal Holocaust that hasn't already been said a million times before? The film's director describes his movie as: "a clear and straightforward denunciation of the journalistic approach we know today," which - when translated into proper English - means something along the lines of: "a journalist never lets the truth get in the way of a good story." True in 1979 - and even more so in this day and age.
So this movie: the tale of three journalists out to prove that cannibals actually exist - even if it means creating some in the process.
The way Deodato structures Cannibal Holocaust is commendable - he doesn't tell the story sequentially - he has a search party go out looking for the missing journalists; find their film canisters, and only later - when the film is viewed - do we eventually find out what happened to them. Many people say this film is the predecessor to The Blair Witch Project, and in many ways they are right.

But why is this low-budget cannibal film so reviled the world over? The answer lies in the numerous scenes of animal slaughter that are used to, um, flesh out the film as it were. One scene in particular, in which a turtle is prepared for dinner, really does push the boundaries of acceptability for the sake of entertainment.
But we'll forgive Cannibal Holocaust that indiscretion because - as a whole - it is a worthwhile and disturbing movie, using (fairly) realistic camera techniques to make the 'found' footage seem real. Years ago the filmmakers themselves spread rumours that some of what was shown was real. None of it is of course (aside from the gruesome animal stuff), as anyone with any sense will be able to tell, but what is shown is done so well that the shocking impact of the closing scenes is enough to make anyone squirm.
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I've never been too keen on the animal killings, but the movie itself is pretty good for a cheapo Italian cannibal flick.
Riz Ortolani's soundtrack is the scariest part of this movie. How on earth did they get away with it? I'll never be able to listen to synthesised tom toms in the same way ever again...
The turtle scene is truly disgusting. I think the first time I saw it I was physically sick. It's not every day you can say a film did that to you.
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