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Cannibal Holocaust

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Italy · 1980
Rated NC-17 · 1h 36m
Director Ruggero Deodato
Starring Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi
Genre Horror

A New York University professor returns from a rescue mission to the Amazon rainforest with the footage shot by a lost team of documentarians who were making a film about the area's local cannibal tribes.

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Pico Banerjee Profile picture for Pico Banerjee

I like transgressive cinema. I like gory horror movies. I even enjoy the occasional B movie. Cannibal Holocaust is all of the above, but, sad to say, it is not good. Do not watch this. 10/10, would not recommend.

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Time Out by

Despite poor dubbing, this is a more interesting and unusual film than its schlock-horror title and subject matter might suggest. Its pointed attack on exploitative film-making seems somewhat rich in the circumstances, but this is well made, uniquely unpleasant and almost deserving of its huge cult status.


Slant Magazine by Eric Henderson

Even the most desensitized, ghoulishly amoral gleaners of deviant cinema can’t just stare down the nastiness on display in Cannibal Holocaust and just shrug it off.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

This is a fairly standard-order bad taste movie, replete with all the characteristics of the genre: grotesque, over-the-top violence; copious blood and viscera; gratuitous, uncensored nudity; and borderline-pornographic sex.


The A.V. Club by Nick Schager

The director’s grim commitment to shocking his audience is fanatical to the point of being enthralling, as he dramatizes one bit of extreme, rancid cruelty after another for little reason other than to turn viewers’ stomachs. It’s far from a noble goal, but there’s no denying its effectiveness.

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