I cant believe some people have scathed this great film. It deserves a lot higher rating.I got this movie out thinking it was going to be a brainless splatter fest. But after watching it in completion I was bowled over ..I wasn't expecting to be challenged by its visuals as well as with the sociological lessons and questions it raised.The film is real, genuine and honest to the subject topic: 'Barbarity' can be innate in all humans.It can be argued that humans coming into the homo-sapiens stage of evolution survived and expanded because of what is now considered barbarous savage <more>
ways. Savagery was a survival tool. We came from barbarity...and to an extent we still are savages.Though the acting is poor in most places ...the film director portrays cannabilism and barbarism ...and portrays it rather intelligently.Obvious connotations can be made to Blair Witch Project. I'm sure the crew that made BWP was inspired by this movie.The film follows a Professor investigating the disappearance of an American film team 3 guys and girl that went into the jungle of South America to film a documentary about the native cannibals.The Professor with a couple of jungle assistants venture into the jungle to trace the lost Americans footsteps. He manages to get on the trail and slowly uncovers the grizzly ways of the jungle tribes! By carefully befriending these natives he captures the lost film reels and returns back to his skyscraper clad conurbation.In amongst the film there is the media business cogs turning. The dilemma of TV executives battling with the Professor to air the once lost footage on TV for the viewing public. The professor is reluctant.The professor seems the only person possessed with moral understanding and compassion throughout the film ..everyone else it seems is after ratings, fame, money or blood.The film commences its ending by playing back the raw footage of what the expedition team filmed...and it is shocking. Questions arise: Who is committing the real 'evil' savagery here?As for the animal cruelty scenes: Yes they are real and shocking. But should it be anymore shocking than the beef burger that is served up in McDonalds. Cows are slaughtered everyday. Perhaps one needs to watch a bovine neck getting slit before they take it for granted they are eating a nice juicy steak on their plate. The film portrays the reality of human meat consumption...and yes all kinds of animals are killed for the human appetite, especially in the wild - someone will do it! For those who dispute this film on these grounds 'Can you handle life?' This stuff still goes on regardless of whether u see it happen or not.This film is absolutely brilliant. A cult classic. I can see it making a revival...but don't know when...perhaps in some years time.
Cannibal holocaust is a truly charged viewing experience; in all its 20 years of existence no other non mondo film until maybe Men behind the sun had such a reputation to shock, even today it is believed by some at the UKs trading standards to be an actual snuff film. CH is not the goriest film ever made, but in terms of themes and narrative its still the cruellest, most fascinatingly harsh piece of filmaking in the horror genre. Ive seen all the Traces of death, the men behind the sun films, and the Guinea pigs and I still think this is king. It is simply so well made, acted, atmospheric <more>
and the brilliant score by Riz Ortalani sets the scene so well. The fake documentary style never slips up. But perhaps the most unsettling thing about CH is that it is an exploitation film, and the scenes of animal cruelty and even human unsettle because they are being shown to promote a response...should you look away or not?Like I said Cannibal Holocaust is a truly unique experience, not some Gory novelty like Cannibal Ferox, and in this time of increased media coverage of true life atrocity maybe its pertinent? Maybe its just nasty cruelty, maybe it even dissapoints you...you just have to see it to gauge you're own response. For me at least its a classic.
perhaps the most brilliant, beautiful, and disturbing "horror" film of all time. (by SWANKSTAR2000)
directed by italian maestro ruggero deodato, 'cannibal holocaust' is a haunting, beautifully filmed masterpiece. deodato, known for a spattering of mostly laughable eroto-horror, hit the mark with a few wonderful pictures, notably 'house by the edge of the park,' 'jungle holocaust,' and this, his greatest film. contrasting powerful, horrific imagery with a gorgeous, melodic soundtrack by composer riz ortolani. the most impressive aspect of the film, however, is it's remarkable super-realism. i have seen very few horror films, if any, that are acted with such <more>
passion and naturality. the film is exploitative, extreme, brutal, and marvelous... see it!
A brutal cinematic masterpiece that you will not want to watch again, but will still feel that urge to watch it again (by isaac-cady)
Cannibal Holocaust is very deserving of it's controversy, but it is definitely not tacky and for pure shock value, something I half expected I discovered this movie while reading about the August Underground movies and was way more intrigued by a controversial movie with meaning and plot . It's in your face, it at least seems real and is real in some parts . Never have I ever seen such convincing special effects in a movie and this was a low-budget 70s movie, CGI will never recreate it. But beyond the special effects there is a message and meaning and very engaging story.I'll <more>
break down the review into sections.Plot/story 9/10 : Think of The Blair Witch Project, except not trying to put itself off as real. A group of 4 documenters go into the amazon jungle to film the "savages" and cannibals that live there. They do not return and it is up to an anthropologist to find them or at least what was left of them. Throughout the movie we learn of the documentary crew's tendency to push and bribe people into committing extreme acts of violence through actual footage from people being killed by soldiers in Nigeria. The movie portrays it as if it was a documentary shot by the crew in which they payed the soldiers off to kill innocent people execution style. As the story progresses the viewer is forced to try and comprehend who exactly are the real savages. Not to mention the social overtones of how modern society ties into all of this. It loses a point, though, because the dialog sometimes is very iffy, even though you can tell they were trying to be realistic, but this hinders the actors, especially with their lack of experience.Acting 7/10 : This is where the movie suffers. It gets better as the movie progresses and things get more intense this may be do to the actual moralities of the actors and how they felt about the movie showing through in their characters . But when it starts out, I'm almost reminded of campy b-movies. The cinematic presentation and pure intrigue is what kept me going. Again, though, the script writing obviously provided some challenges for the actors.Cinematography 10/10 : Speaking of cinematic presentation, this movie does it beautifully, even from the opening shot from a helicopter flying over the rain-forest. The studio and movie-style aspects of the film are very convincing and very well-done. Hollywood couldn't do better with a 10 million dollar budget. The creativity and use of close-ups really pulls you in, and you begin to question the reality of even the part of the movie that is presented as fictional. And that doesn't even cover the great mockumentary work. The director's understanding of how documentaries are made and how they work is extremely convincing. the use of normal scenes of the crew kind of doddling around really help to present a feeling of reality. And the aspects of limited film and the amateurish/spontaneous filming style are almost convincing enough to make the viewer think they used real footage to build a fictional movie around.Audio 10/10 Again, I'm reminded of Apocalypse Now. The music is melodic and somewhat peaceful, adding a real eerie tone to the serious and macabre theme of the movie. It is very 70s though, and I would not expect to here the same soundtrack in a new movie, although some of the musical flavors are indeed timeless. And there are some more intense scores in the film, but they are not over-intense like most Hollywood today. Then we get into sound design, which is very convincing, the tearing and the screaming all sound real, or as I would expect them to sound. The new mixing with stereo is well and really helps immerse the viewer.On the animal violence: This is something that I thought would disturb me. The animal scenes in Amorres Perros disturbed me even though they were not real, but this was real and I wasn't that perturbed by them. People have said that the killing of the animals is useless and doesn't help the plot of the movie, but I feel otherwise. It brings into light that you do have to kill to survive. The documenters kill 6 animals one is a spider, which some may not count, I do on screen and 1 is killed off screen. And it obviously irks the actors a little bit note: when you see vomit, it is indeed real . But the animals are eaten. And all of this adds to the reality of the documentary. It would have been hard fake some most of that. Plus, think of the meat industry today. Hundreds of thousands of cows and pigs slaughtered and millions of chickens and turkeys slaughtered every day in gruesome ways, just so we can eat them. "Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it doesn't happen". Our society frowns upon killing animals, but that burger doesn't magically appear. Blood had to be spilled for our dining pleasure.
"Today people want sensationalism; the more you rape their senses the happier they are." (by bensonmum2)
Going into a film like Cannibal Holocaust, it's difficult to know what to expect. Anyone who has any interest has read all the hype the most disturbing movie ever made, banned in 60 countries, real animal killings, director Ruggero Deodato had to go to court to prove the human killings weren't real, etc. What I didn't expect to discover was such a well-made film. Parts of the film are indeed very brutal and, at times, difficult to watch. There are images in the film that I won't soon forget. The story is incredibly compelling because it is so real. Tribes of Indians similar <more>
to the ones presented in this film did and in some cases do exist in the South American rain forests. I suppose that if someone were looking for a "deep" meaning to Deodato's film, they might point to the man vs. nature aspects of the film where nature is represented not just by the animals, but by the natives as well. I suppose one could find something in the notion of who the real savages are the natives or the filmmakers who exploit them. But the most amazing thing about Cannibal Holocaust is that somehow Deodato has made it very beautiful.
"Civilized" man's Heart of Darkness is explored in this predecessor of the "Blair Witch Project" about three young men and a young woman plus a guide who trek into the South American jungle with ulterior motives for a documentary and successfully find cannibals, but with less-than-successful results. How about "Cannibal Apocalypse" for this one, vs. Deodato comparable "Jungle Holocaust"? Unlike in the terrible "Blair Witch," however, we see most of the characters most of the time, and although they are distasteful, they are certainly <more>
dramatically compelling. There are juxtapositions of the goings-on back home and the group of people that later track the expedition party, but the search for and confrontation with the cannibals are the principal focus. Deodato combines extremely graphic displays of depravity and violence, torture and mutilation, on men and women, people and animals, for their own sake with his efforts to communicate "who is really the savage" and succeeds on both counts. The explorers are young, greedy, and egomaniacal, willing to do the ultimate in damage to living beings as a means to their own fame and fortune. The cheap, high-school character and mindset of the explorers, creating a false stage for themselves, magnifies the presentation of the worst white-man stereotype. They are just jerks, and you enjoy disliking them. Expectations and failure of the expedition are mirrored back home, in civilization, where presumptuosness and greed are also prevalent but then shattered. As for the acting specifically, the main three, and partially the usually hidden camaraman , it was amazingly convincing. It may be that the camera-within-the-movie contributed to this, and was used skillfully, in terms of distance and angles and selection, to contribute to the realism of a relatively uncomplicated situation of people passing through a jungle. But make no mistake about it, Yates and his companions are as believable, as natural, as they are repugnant. And the overall cinematography, as well as the music, was excellent. Yes, all this, but paramount is just the opportunity to watch the scenes in the last part of the film unfold. You will not forget them.
"Cannibal Holocaust" is not the campy little horror flick I expected. It's a "serious" and well-made movie and it's an experience you'll hardly ever forget. According to IMDb's trivia section the movie can "only be seen completely uncut in the EC-UltraBit DVD", which means that I've seen a tamed down version and that, my friends, is insane! "Cannibal Holocaust" is easily one of the most graphic movies I've ever come across. The violence is incredibly realistic. It's no wonder that director Ruggero Deodato was taken to court <more>
to prove that he hasn't slain real people for his motion picture. I still think the real animal slaughtering in the movie was unnecessary. Screw you for that, Deodato! It's hard to tell if there really is a message or if the "moral" is just an excuse for all the gore. In a strange way the violent scenes somehow speak for themselves and do deliver some kind of message, but that's open for discussion.If ever a movie deserved the label "disturbing", it's "Cannibal Holocaust". It's controversial, but totally worth watching, if you can take some seriously sick images.
What haven't I heard about Cannibal Holocaust? Only that it's one of the most disturbing movies of all time and still to this day manages to shock it's audience. Honestly I'm surprised that it took me this long to watch it, but I found the film on Google because I was cautious on paying 20 dollars for a film I never saw. Cannibal Holocaust thankfully is much more than just shocking but actually has a great message to it. The film isn't as shocking as I'm sure it was when it was released but it is a jaw dropper. Mainly due though to the real killings of the animals <more>
which is a bit too much to handle. At the time the director was also accused of murdering the three lead actors, talk about motivation, however he made the actors break the contract of silence, since he wanted the audience to think that this was a real film, in order to prove his innocence. Before the Blair Witch Project, there was no film like Cannibal Holocaust, I don't think a film has even touched it's ground since then.There is a television documentary about a missing United States film crew, who disappeared on an expedition to the Amazon to make a documentary about indigenous cannibal tribes. The team was Alan, the director; Faye, script girl; and two cameramen, Jack and Mark. Harold Monroe, an anthropologist, has agreed to lead a rescue team and flies to the Amazon to meet his guides. There the team meets hostility and learn that the film group had caused great unrest among the people. The Ya̧nomamö invite Monroe and his team to their village, where they are treated with suspicion. A group of Ya̧nomamö women take him to a shrine, which he learns holds the bones of the missing American filmmakers. Monroe confronts the Ya̧nomamö about this. After playing a tape recorder for them, he trades it for the first team's surviving reels of film. Back in New York, executives invite Monroe to host a broadcast of a documentary to be made from the recovered film. Monroe wants to see the raw footage first, finding out who might be the real savages after all.Did the animal killings bother me? The turtle scene definitely did, I understand that the meat was used for meals, but it was a bit too much for me to handle the brutality of the killing. I won't go into details, just if you're an animal lover like I am then fast forward through that part too. However, what I did appreciate about the film was how realistic it did look, the director did a great job of finding locations, actors and the over all feel of the film as you feel dirty and embarrassed watching such horror on the screen. While I may not agree with the animal killings, this message of who are the real savages really got to me. I loved that this wasn't about just grossing people out but showing how crazy people can get over money and power. It's really sad and it's weird to think that the documentary crew that went into the project that you thought were originally the victims of such violent tribes were actually the one's who are wild animals and in some sick way deserved the justice that was served to them. While it's a hard movie to watch, I would say that it was worth it, again not for the faint of heart, but a true classic and I'm sure will still shock for many generations to come.8/10
Extremely Realistic, Disturbing, Cruel and Sick (by claudio_carvalho)
The director Alan Yates Gabriel Yorke and his crew, formed by Faye Daniels Francesca Ciardi , Jack Anders Perry Pirkanen and Mark Tomaso Luca Giorgio Barbareschi , head to a rain forest in Amazonas called Green Inferno to shoot a documentary about the primitive tribes of cannibals that live in the area. They vanish and the American anthropologist Professor Harold Monroe Robert Kerman travels to the area with the experienced guide Chaco Losojos Salvatore Basile and his assistant Miguel to seek the team out. The trio is received first by the Yacumo tribe of warriors and then they <more>
approach to the wild Yamamomo that is in a permanent war against the Shamatari. They find the remains of the documentary team and their reels, and they successfully negotiate with the savages. Back in New York, Professor Monroe watches the disturbing footage and discovers the fate of the team.I finally have had the chance to watch "Cannibal Holocaust" and I found it an extremely realistic, disturbing, cruel and sick. The movie is so realistic that gives the sensation of a documentary; disturbing because of the unpleasant and gruesome subject – cannibalism; cruel with the animals – the turtle, the pig, the monkey; and sick since the abnormal behavior of Alan Yates and his crew is mentally ill and nauseating. The bold director Ruggero Deodato depicts an explicit violence that Hollywood would never dare show. The make-up and choreography are impressive, but this movie is recommended only for specific audiences – sensitive people must not watch. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : Not Available