Best of Mondo Films

A mondo film (from the Italian word for "world") is an exploitation documentary film, sometimes resembling a pseudo-documentary and usually depicting sensational topics, scenes or situations. Common traits of mondo films include an emphasis on taboo subjects (such as death and sex), portrayals of foreign cultures (which have drawn accusations of racism) and staged sequences presented as genuine documentary footage. Over time, the films placed increasing emphasis on footage of the dead and dying (both real and fake). The term "shockumentary" is also used to describe the genre.
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1.
Africa addio (1966 Documentary)
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The cruel acts of animal poaching and violence, executions, and tribal slaughtering, all taking place on the African continent. (140 mins.)
“ Africa Addio is a 1966 Italian documentary about the end of the colonial era in Africa. The film was released in a shorter format under the names "Africa Blood and Guts" in the USA and "Farewell Africa" in the UK. The film was shot over a period of three years by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, two Italian filmmakers who had gained fame (along with co-director Paolo Cavara) as the directors of Mondo Cane in 1962. This film ensured the viability of the so-called Mondo film genre, a cycle of "shockumentaries"- documentaries featuring sensational topics, which classifications largely characterize "Africa Addio". ” - lankalion
 
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Banned from Television (1998 Documentary)
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(54 mins.)
“ Banned from Television, also known as Banned from TV, is a 1998 direct-to-video, shockumentary film, that consists of various scenes of stock footage, depicting death and real scenes of violence. It is mainly about riots, car chases, crime, accidents and much much more from around the world. Despite its title with the word "Banned" in, it has been shown on Reality TV, as well as many European/Asian TV news channels when most of the things happened. It is banned in the United Kingdom by the BBFC.[1] Since its release, Banned from Television has been followed by two sequels, both of which were also released in 1998 and were direct-to-video. Combining all three films together, the total length is 144 minutes. Each clip used is accompanied by very stoic commentary from a narrator, who sometimes provides extra detail explaining whether the person survived or not. For most of the clips however, no extra information is given, other than where the incident occurred. The most graphic part of each clip is usually repeated again in slow motion. Banned from Television was originally released on VHS in 1998, and was later released on DVD, on April 2, 2002. The Banned from Television series is distributed by Joe Francis of Mantra Films, which was formerly known as Fall Line Entertainment. ” - lankalion
 
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Shemar Moore: Criminal Minds' Wild Ride (2008 Documentary)
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(6 mins.)
 
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“ Death Faces, also released as Death Faces IV, also 'Dying: Last seconds of Life', and (in a re edited version) 'Beyond Reality', is a mockumentary about cannibalism released directly to video originally in 1988.
Narrated by "Prof. Bizarro Blackstone", the film is actually footage from various horror films about cannibalism, and newsreel footage of Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, Adolf Hitler. One sequence involves the Kikuyu tribes people of Kenya, (the film incorrectly says that they are from Papua New Guinea) as well as various stock car crashed and the John F. Kennedy assassination.
The direction is credited to "Countess Victoria Bloodhart" and Steve White, the writing to "S. Sebastian Shock", the direction and production to "Damian B. Gravenhorse PhD.", with one segment credited to producer "Mink De Ronda". It was re edited and re released as Beyond Reality, which is credited to Steve White. There are no other technical credits given to the film.
With the exception of a few brief scenes, the entire video is in black and white. Footage from this video was later edited into Banned from Facez, parts 3 and 4.
A sequel was also released straight to video: 'Dying: Last Seconds of Life, Part II', also in 1988. ” - lankalion
 
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Sweet and Savage (1983 Documentary)
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A Mondo documentary that juxtaposes footage of death, carnage, and unpleasantness with scenes of inspiring and beautiful imagery. (93 mins.)
“ Dolce e selvaggio (1983) (English: Sweet and Savage) is a Mondo film directed by Antonio Climati and Mario Morra. The title "Sweet and Savage" refers to the juxtaposition of pleasant ("sweet") and violent ("savage") imagery within the film. It is narrated by the producer and long-time Mondo film director Franco Prosperi.
The film is the third and final entry in Climati and Morra's Savage Trilogy and is also the last collaborative feature between the two directors. Footage in the film was supplemented by scenes that originally appeared in their previous two films, Ultime grida dalla savana and Savana violenta. Morra went on to direct one final Mondo film, The Savage Zone, while Climati later made the cannibal film Natura contro in 1988.
The film has gained notoriety for the inclusion of several scenes of human death. One of the scenes, in which a man is tied to two trucks that tear off his arm, is staged. The other scenes, which are genuine, include a corpse in Tibet that is hacked apart by monks and fed to vultures and the accidental deaths of tightrope walker Karl Wallenda and stuntman A.J. Bakunas. ” - lankalion
 
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La donna nel mondo (1963 Documentary)
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"The camera strips woman right down to her skin," proclaimed the ads,"...lays bare the secrets of her... (110 mins.)
“ La donna nel mondo (English-language title: Women of the World) is a 1963 mondo documentary film made by Italians Gualtiero Jacopetti, Paolo Cavara and Franco Prosperi. Original music was composed by Riz Ortolani and Nino Oliviero. The film is a series of segments profiling many interesting or unusual activities done by women in different countries.
Among those featured are women training in the Israel Army, a female priest in Sweden, window prostitutes in Hamburg's red light district, bed models in Hollywood California, professional mourners in Sardinia, Lamaze classes in Switzerland, a fashion show given to the Maasai, divorce ranches in Nevada, United States Treasurer Elizabeth Rudel Smith, eyelid-shaping surgery in Japan, and spent ordnance scavengers in Western Sahara.
Released first in Italy on January 30, 1963, most of the footage was shot in 1962. Its original uncut length is 107 minutes. Narration for the Italian version was done by Stefano Sibaldi, while English narration was provided by Peter Ustinov. ” - lankalion
 
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Faces of Death (1978 Documentary)
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A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means. (105 mins.)
“ Faces of Death (also released as The Original Faces of Death) is a 1978 mondo film which guides viewers through explicit scenes depicting a variety of ways to die and violent acts.
It is often billed as Banned in 40+ Countries. The film has been banned (at least temporarily) in Australia, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Although several of the "human death" scenes are obvious fakes (with Allan A. Apone, make-up and special effects artists for the film saying that about 40% of it is fake), some of the footage is genuine. Famous scenes of death from the media are included, such as stock footage of a napalm bombing in Vietnam, various newsreel footage, and wartime footage of Adolf Hitler. Also featured are the actual on-camera deaths of a variety of animals, including seals being clubbed to death and animals being killed on the slaughterhouse line. In their book Killing For Culture, authors David Kerekes and David Slater note that the nadir of the film is the inclusion of an extreme fatal accident; "the shattered remains of a cyclist are seen under a semi-tractor trailer. The camera pans long enough to capture paramedics scooping up blood clots, brain matter, and clumps of hair from the tarmac – this incident is authentic and culled from newsreels." ” - lankalion
 
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Faces of Death II (1981 Documentary)
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This movie continues in the same vein as F.O.D. 1 with short scenes of death related material. Mortuarys... (85 mins.)
“ Faces of Death II is the first sequel to the 1978 mondo film Faces of Death. Like its predecessor, the film was written and directed by John Alan Schwartz (as "Alan Black" and "Conan Le Cilaire" respectively). Schwartz puts in another cameo appearance, this time as the wounded criminal in front of the drug store. Dr. Francis B. Gröss (portrayed by Michael Carr) again narrates the proceedings.
This film focuses largely on stunt work gone wrong, as well as death in sports. Several scenes involve an attempt to jump a rocket-powered car over the St Lawrence River in Canada and land over one mile away in New York. Also featured nearly in its entirety is the 1980 boxing match between Johnny Owen and Lupe Pintor, with Owen being knocked out and later dying from the injuries sustained in the match. ” - lankalion
 
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Faces of Death III (1985 Documentary)
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The third installment of the Faces of Death series. (91 mins.)
“ Faces of Death III is the second sequel to the 1978 mondo film Faces of Death. Once again, John Alan Schwartz directed (again as "Conan le Cilaire") and co wrote (as "Alan Black") along with co writer Veronica Lakewood. Michael Carr again portrays Dr. Francis B. Gröss.
This third installment focuses largely on serial killers, with lengthy re-enactments of police investigations of bodies being found in a dumpster, and a staged courtroom sequence with Schwartz again making a cameo appearance as the serial killer on trial for raping and murdering a girl, allegedly captured on video. Schwartz has identified the girl allegedly killed in the video as his then girlfriend, who he claims was a willing participant.
A suicide jumper shown partway into the film was portrayed by James B. Schwartz, John Alan Schwartz's brother. James B. Schwartz would later take over duties as narrator in the following films in this series. ” - lankalion
 
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Faces of Death IV (1990 Documentary)
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Follows the same pattern of the other Faces of Death movies. In this one we see many staged and not... (90 mins.)
“ Faces of Death IV is the final "real" sequel to Faces of Death, in that it is the last sequel to include any original footage. It was directed by John Alan Schwartz (again as "Conan le Cilaire"), Susumu Saegusa and Andrew Theopolis. John Alan Schwartz's brother James B. Schwartz is credited as writer. ” - lankalion
 
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Faces of Death V (1995 Documentary)
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The fifth entry in the Faces of Death series. (90 mins.)
“ Faces of Death V, generally regarded as a desperate attempt to keep the Faces of Death series alive, is a direct to video release consisting of highlights from the earlier films. It begins with the intro and opening credits from Faces of Death, before moving into more archive footage lifted whole from the earlier films, primarily from parts one and four. A noted scene involving the killing of a monkey which is then prepared and served at an exotic restaurant, is lifted entirely from the first film, as is a blatantly staged heart ripping scene by African Elephants, and the "head in a box" scene, both taken from Faces of Death IV. Adolf Hitler also is again briefly featured in archive footage. ” - lankalion
 
12.
Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)
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Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade. (136 mins.)
“ Goodbye Uncle Tom (Italian: Addio Zio Tom) is a 1971 Italian film directed by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi and features music by Riz Ortolani.
Addio Zio Tom is a pseudo-documentary in which the filmmakers go back in time and visit antebellum America, using period documents to examine, in graphic detail, the racist ideology and degrading conditions faced by Africans under slavery. Because of the use of published documents and materials from the public record, with actors playing the role of the historical figures, the film labels itself a documentary, and portrays slave life as a non-stop orgy of violence, rape and torture committed by whites against their black slaves.
The Directors' cut of Addio Zio Tom draws parallels between the horrors and slavery and the rise of the Black Power Movement, represented by Eldridge Cleaver, LeRoi Jones, Stokely Carmichael, and a few others. The film ends with an unidentified man's fantasy re-enactment of William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner. This man imagines Nat Turner's revolt in the present, including the brutal murder of the whites around him, who replace the figures Turner talks about in Styron's novel as the unidentified reader speculates about Turner's motivations and ultimate efficacy in changing the conditions he rebelled against. American distributors felt that such scenes were too incendiary, and forced Jacopetti and Prosperi to remove more than thirteen minutes of footage explicitly concerned with racial politics for American and other Anglophone audiences. ” - lankalion
 
13.
Great White Death (1981 Documentary)
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Glenn Ford appears and narrates in this lesser known documentary/mondo style film about the search for the Great White Shark... (88 mins.)
Director: Jean Lebel
“ Great White Death is a 1981 documentary/mondo film about great white sharks narrated by Glenn Ford. The film is notable for its Faces of Death-like footage of actual shark attacks. ” - lankalion
 
14.
Is There Sex After Death? (1971)
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Driving through New York City in his Sexmobile, Dr. Harrison Rogers of the Bureau of Sexological Investigation... (102 mins.)
“ Is There Sex After Death? is a 1971 mockumentary and mondo film. ” - lankalion
 
15.
Karamoja (1955 Documentary)
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The filmed record of an expedition to the African interior, with scenes of animal life and native customs and practices. (63 mins.)
“ Karamoja was a 1954 film produced by exploitation filmmaker Kroger Babb. A documentary of a native tribe from Uganda, the film was marketed by Babb to focus on the imagery that would be shocking to an American audience, including advertising which claimed that the tribe wore "only the wind and live on blood and beer.''
Scenes in the film included "the bleeding of cattle and drinking of the warm blood, and self-mutilation as a form of ornamentation," as well as a full-color circumcision scene.
Karamoja proved to be less controversial than many of Babb's other films, grossing less in box office revenue as a result. ” - lankalion
 
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Kwaheri: Vanishing Africa (1964 Documentary)
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"Documentary" about an expedition through darkest Africa in search of a jungle medicine man who performs bizarre (and illegal) skull surgeries... (80 mins.)
“ Kwaheri, also known as Kwaheri: Vanishing Africa or Kwaheri: The Forbidden, is a 1964 mondo film directed by David Chudnow and Thor Brooks. The film was a pseudo-documentary about vanishing native tribes in Africa. Kwaheri means Goodbye in Swahili.
As the film focused more on the controversial aspects of the tribal societies, it gained the attention of exploitation filmmakers, including Kroger Babb, whose Hallmark Productions distribution company acquired the American rights. ” - lankalion
 
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Mondo cane (1962 Documentary)
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A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence. (108 mins.)
“ Mondo cane (A Dog's World, 1962) is a documentary written and directed by Italian filmmakers Paolo Cavara, Franco Prosperi and Gualtiero Jacopetti. The film consists of a series of travelogue vignettes that provide glimpses into cultural practices around the world with the intention to shock or surprise Western film audiences. These scenes are presented with little continuity, as they are intended as a kaleidoscopic display of shocking content rather than presenting a structured argument. Despite its claims of genuine documentation, certain scenes in the film are either staged or creatively manipulated to enhance this effect.[3]
Mondo cane was an international box-office success and inspired the production of numerous, similar exploitation documentaries, many of which also include the word "Mondo" in their title. These films collectively came to be recognized as a distinct genre known as mondo films. In addition, the film's success led Jacopetti and Prosperi to produce several additional documentaries, including Mondo cane 2, Africa addio, and Addio zio Tom, while Cavara directed La donna nel mondo, Malamondo, as well as the anti-Mondo drama Wild Eye (Occhio selvaggio). Despite general critical condemnation of exploitation cinema, Mondo cane won the 1962 David di Donatello for best production and was also nominated for numerous other awards. ” - lankalion
 
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Mondo Hollywood (1967 Documentary)
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Documentary about the social/political/cultural scene in Los Angeles, and especially Hollywood, in the mid to late '60s. (120 mins.)
“ Mondo Hollywood is a documentary "mondo movie" by Robert Carl Cohen, released in 1967. Filmed over the preceding two years, it was described by Variety as a "flippy, trippy psychedelic guide to Hollywood". ” - lankalion
 
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Mondo New York (1988 Documentary)
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A young woman wanders around New York City and stumbles across a number of strange characters and settings... (83 mins.)
Director: Harvey Keith
“ Mondo New York examines the lives and activities of Manhattan performance artists, and features Joey Arias and Rick Aviles. A number of New York City denizens appear in various sketches, each linked by a young woman's exploration of the city. Other performers include Charlie Barnett, Joe Coleman, Phoebe Legere, Karen Finley, Lydia Lunch, Veronica Vera, Frank Moore, and Ann Magnuson. The film was produced by Night Flight creator Stuart S. Shapiro. ” - lankalion
 
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Mondo Topless (1966 Documentary)
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Completely topless! Completely uninhibited! The wayout craze that began in San Francisco is now exploding across the USA and Europe... (60 mins.)
Director: Russ Meyer
“ Mondo Topless is a 1966 pseudo documentary directed by Russ Meyer, featuring Babette Bardot and Lorna Maitland among others. It was Meyer's first color film following a string of black & white "roughie nudies", including Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. While a straightforward sexploitation film, the film owes some debt to the French new wave and cinéma vérité traditions, and is known to some under the titles: 'Mondo Girls' and 'Mondo Top.'
Its tagline: "Two Much For One Man...Russ Meyer's Busty Buxotic Beauties ... Titilating ... Torrid ... Untopable ... Too Much For One Man!"
The film was banned in Finland. ” - lankalion
 
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Murder Collection V.1 (2009 Video)
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Years after his controversial web series was shut down, a mysterious collector reemerges to showcase samples of the death clips that he has accumulated. (82 mins.)
“ Murder Collection V.1 is a horror and anthology film created by Toetag Pictures, and released direct-to-video in 2009. The film is presented in the style of a shockumentary, such as Faces of Death or Mondo cane. ” - lankalion
 
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This Violent World (1976 Documentary)
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This Violent World (95 mins.)
“ Savana violenta (1976) (English: Violent Savanna), also known as This Violent World and Mondo Violence, is a Mondo film directed by Antonio Climati and Mario Morra. The film documents various scenes of graphic behavior in an attempted exposé of worldly violence. It is narrated by Giuseppe Rinaldi.
The film is the second collaborative feature between Antonio Climati and Mario Morra in their series of Mondo films called the Savage Trilogy, following Ultime grida dalla savana. ” - lankalion
 
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Shocking Asia (1976 Documentary)
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A documentary about asia's shocking cultures. (94 mins.)
Director: Emerson Fox
“ Shocking Asia is a 1974 documentary film written and directed by Rolf Olsen with Ingeborg Stein Steinbach. The film was banned in Finland due to its graphic content. A sequel titled Shocking Asia II: The Last Taboos was released in 1985. ” - lankalion
 
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Shocking Asia II: The Last Taboos (1985 Documentary)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Emerson Fox
“ Shocking Asia II: The Last Taboos is a 1985 documentary film written and directed by Rolf Olsen. ” - lankalion
 
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Sweden: Heaven and Hell (1968 Documentary)
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Edmund Purdom narrates a pseudo-documentary about sexuality in Sweden. It shows contraceptives for teen girls... (90 mins.)
Director: Luigi Scattini
“ Sweden: Heaven and Hell (Italian: Svezia, inferno e paradiso) is an Italian mondo film from 1968 directed by Luigi Scattini.
The film which is made up of nine segments focuses on different aspects of sexuality in Sweden such as lesbian nightclubs, porn films, swinging lifestyle of married couples and sex education of teenagers. The film also examines drug addiction, alcoholism and suicides in Sweden.
The film also featured the debut of the song "Mah Nà Mah Nà" by Piero Umiliani, later made famous by The Muppets. ” - lankalion
 
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Traces of Death (1993 Documentary)
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This successor to "Faces of Death" collection is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage... (78 mins.)
“ Traces of Death is a 1993 direct-to-video, Z movie shockumentary that consists of various scenes of stock footage depicting death and real scenes of violence. Unlike Faces of Death, Traces consists mostly of actual footage depicting death and injury, and consists also of unlicensed and public domain footage from other films. It is banned in the United Kingdom by the BBFC for not having any "journalistic, educational or other justifying context for the images shown." Since its release, Traces of Death has been followed by four sequels.
Among the footage seen on Traces of Death is the R. Budd Dwyer press conference suicide, footage of actor Vic Morrow's death which occurred during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie, the Sarajevo market place shelling that killed almost 100 people, the murder of Maritza Martin, montages of dead children and babies, a bicyclist flattened by an overturned bus, and a man, Pit Dernitz, being eaten by lions in front of his family, a scene which originally appeared in the 1975 Mondo film Ultime grida dalla savana.
Beginning with Traces of Death II, the films feature the use of death metal and grindcore music to accompany the footage, occasionally giving it a surreal and bizarre feel. The original feature mostly used spooky keyboard music.
The Traces of Death series is distributed by Darrin Ramage of Brain Damage Films. Brain Damage Films specializes mostly in distributing low-budget independent horror films like Vulture's Eye, Strange Things Happen At Sundown, and Terror Toons.
Part 1 (1993): terrible Scenes of an unfortunate tourist who is devoured by hungry Lions. Rare pictures of Ilse Koch, whose atrocities during the Nazi Regime inspired many films of mutilation and murder by cannibals. There are still practicing autopsies, suicides recent examiners, murders and embalsamentos. 78 minutes. Narration of Damon Fox. Part 2 (Deadly Scenes!) (1994): explosion Scenes, decomposing corpses, car accidents and truck show where a giant robot makes a fatal mistake. 90 minutes. Narration of Damon Fox. Part 3 (Dead and Buried!) (1995): Scenes of terrorism practiced by suicide bombers. A young victim of the real story that inspired the famous film The Silence of the Lambs (film) and bloody images made by death squad in El Salvador. 85 minutes. Narration of Brain Damage. Part 4 (Resurrection (1996): Murder in the streets, amputations and bloody car accidents. 66 minutes. Narration of Brain Damage. Part 5 (Back in action) (2000): the violent murder of a hostage, accidents, extreme backyard wrestling and the underworld of goth culture. 92 minutes. Narration of Brain Damage ” - lankalion
 
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Savage Man Savage Beast (1975 Documentary)
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A notorious mondo film depicting unbelievable and bizarre rituals, animal killing and cruelty, and people being killed and eaten, all by either animals or humans against each other or themselves. (94 mins.)
“ Ultime grida dalla savana (1975) (English: Final Cry of the Savanna), also known as La Grande caccia and by its English title Savage Man Savage Beast, is a Mondo documentary directed by Antonio Climati and Mario Morra. Filmed all around the world, its central theme focuses on hunting and the interaction between man and animal. More specifically, the film documents various forms of hunting that can be found in the world and how humans and animals can both become the hunter or prey. Like many Mondo films, the filmmakers claim to document real, bizarre and violent behavior and customs, although some scenes were actually staged. It is narrated by Italian novelist Alberto Moravia.
This was the first film of Climati's and Morra's Savage Trilogy, which also includes Savana violenta (This Violent World) and Dolce e selvaggio (Sweet and Savage). The best known film of the trilogy, Ultime grida dalla savana became influential in exploitation cinema by use of cinematographic techniques that were repeated in numerous subsequent Mondo films. Two scenes in particular, a lion attack on a tourist in Namibia and the murder of an indigenous man by a group of mercenaries in South America, have gained notoriety as genuine footage of human death. The film also sparked a rivalry between the team of Climati and Morra and the brothers Alfredo and Angelo Castiglioni. These two teams became the forerunners of the second generation of Mondo cinema. ” - lankalion
 
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The Worst of Faces of Death (1987 Documentary)
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Includes many disturbing highlights from the first three Faces of Death films, such as animal slaughtering, executions, and more. (60 mins.)
“ The Worst of Faces of Death is a direct-to-video compilation of highlights from the first three Faces of Death films. The parachutist landing in the alligator pit, as well as the slaughterhouse footage, the shootout in front of the pharmacy and monkey brain eating sequence are lifted whole from the earlier films. In between there are brief introductory scenes featuring James B. Schwartz as "Dr. Louis Flellis".
Flellis explains that his friend and mentor Dr Francis B. Gröss died while Flellis himself was performing a routine operation on him, although it remains unclear why. In reality, actor Michael Carr did not return to portray Gröss again for reasons unknown.
This film was titled The Best of Gesichter des Todes 1-3 (The Best of Faces of Death 1-3) for its release in Germany. ” - lankalion
 
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Malamondo (1964 Documentary)
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This documentary looks at strange behaviors and practices in Europe, including nude skiing in Switzerland, hot-butchering in Italy, and an orgy in a graveyard. (110 mins.)
Director: Paolo Cavara
“ This documentary looks at strange behaviors and practices in Europe, including nude skiing in Switzerland, hot-butchering in Italy, and an orgy in a graveyard. ” - lankalion
 
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A Fool's World (1964 Documentary)
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Documentary showing perverse and aberrant behavior from around the globe, including such things as sex slavery, dwarf love, Asian brothels and lesbians. (93 mins.)
“ Documentary showing perverse and aberrant behavior from around the globe, including such things as sex slavery, dwarf love, Asian brothels and lesbians. ” - lankalion
 
31.
The Mating Urge (1959 Documentary)
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An exploitation pot-boiler, posing as an anthropology art-film, and supposedly filmed by seventeen different cameraman in Africa... (73 mins.)
 
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Mondo pazzo (1963 Documentary)
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The official sequel to the original shockumentary, presenting new and bizarre behavior from around the world, including cruelty, graphic gore, and strange rituals. (102 mins.)
 
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Il mondo di notte numero 3 (1964 Documentary)
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A documentary highlighting some of the oddest, strangest and more grotesque examples of human behavior... (100 mins.)
Director: Gianni Proia
 
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There Are Still Slaves in the World (1964 Documentary)
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The film documents modern slave trade through a number of Arabian and African countries, under muslim rule... (90 mins.)
 
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London in the Raw (1965 Documentary)
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"The world's greatest city laid bare!", roars the tagline to LONDON IN THE RAW (1964), a salacious documentary that tours the strip-clubs and underground dives of the still-swinging city. (82 mins.)
 
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The Forbidden (1966 Documentary)
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This documentary explores assorted "forbidden" topics from all over the world. Among the subjects depicted... (66 mins.)
 
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Mondo Bizarro (1966)
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A faux travelogue that mixes documentary and mockumentary footage. The camera looks through a one-way... (80 mins.)
 
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Mondo Freudo (1966 Documentary)
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A "hidden camera" takes the viewer on a worldwide tour of sexual practices and rituals, including Tijuana strippers, Asian sex shows, British prostitutes, New York devil worshipers and a Mexican slave market. (76 mins.)
Director: R.L. Frost
 
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Primitive London (1965 Documentary)
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Exploitation film documentary on 'Swinging London' as it actually happened. Arnold Louis Miller, the director of 'Nudist Memories'... (80 mins.)
 
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Secret Africa (1969 Documentary)
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Documentary about French Equatorial Africa, including sequences on adult circumcision rites of Bariba... (103 mins.)
 
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Magia nuda (1975 Documentary)
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This film is about tribes in Africa and South America who turn toward magic as a means of survival and way of life... (85 mins.)
 
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Let Me Die a Woman (1977 Documentary)
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A documentary on the work of sex-change specialist Dr.Leo Wollman, including interviews with Dr.Wollman and a few of his patients... (79 mins.)
Director: Doris Wishman
“ Let Me Die a Woman (1978) is a semi-documentary film by exploitation film director Doris Wishman. ” - lankalion
 
43.
Sweden: Heaven and Hell (1968 Documentary)
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Edmund Purdom narrates a pseudo-documentary about sexuality in Sweden. It shows contraceptives for teen girls... (90 mins.)
Director: Luigi Scattini
“ Sweden: Heaven and Hell (Italian: Svezia, inferno e paradiso) is an Italian mondo film from 1968 directed by Luigi Scattini.
The film which is made up of nine segments focuses on different aspects of sexuality in Sweden such as lesbian nightclubs, porn films, swinging lifestyle of married couples and sex education of teenagers. The film also examines drug addiction, alcoholism and suicides in Sweden.
The film also featured the debut of the song "Mah Nà Mah Nà" by Piero Umiliani, later made famous by The Muppets. ” - lankalion
 
44.
Naked World (1963 Documentary)
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(105 mins.)
 
45.
Traces of Death (1993 Documentary)
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This successor to "Faces of Death" collection is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage... (78 mins.)
“ Traces of Death is a 1993 direct-to-video, Z movie shockumentary that consists of various scenes of stock footage depicting death and real scenes of violence. Unlike Faces of Death, Traces consists mostly of actual footage depicting death and injury, and consists also of unlicensed and public domain footage from other films. It is banned in the United Kingdom by the BBFC for not having any "journalistic, educational, or other justifying context for the images shown." Since its release, Traces of Death has been followed by four sequels.
Among the footage seen on Traces of Death is the R. Budd Dwyer press conference suicide, footage of actor Vic Morrow's death which occurred during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie, the Sarajevo market place shelling that killed almost 100 people, the murder of Maritza Martin, montages of dead children and babies, a bicyclist flattened by an overturned bus, and a man, Pit Dernitz, being eaten by lions in front of his family, a scene which originally appeared in the 1975 Mondo film Ultime grida dalla savana.
Beginning with Traces of Death II, the films feature the use of death metal and grindcore music to accompany the footage, occasionally giving it a satanic and evil feel. The original feature mostly used spooky keyboard music.
The Traces of Death series is distributed by Darrin Ramage of Brain Damage Films. Brain Damage Films specializes mostly in distributing low-budget independent horror films like Vulture's Eye, Strange Things Happen at Sundown, and Terror Toons. ” - lankalion
 
46.
After Mein Kampf (1961 Documentary)
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Story of Adolf Hitler (74 mins.)
Director: Ralph Porter
 
47.
Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997 Documentary)
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Documentary about writer and performance artist Bob Flanagan who died at 43 of cystic fibrosis. His... (90 mins.)
Director: Kirby Dick
“ Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist is a 1997 documentary film directed by Kirby Dick about Bob Flanagan, a Los Angeles writer, poet, performance artist, comic, and BDSM celebrity, who suffered from and later died of cystic fibrosis. The film premiered at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded a Special Jury Prize. ” - lankalion
 
48.
Sex, Blood and Mutilation (1995 Documentary)
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Joe Christ's video freakshow of professional scarification, genital mutilation, and all-around physical debasement. (40 mins.)
Director: Joe Christ
 
49.
Modify (2005 Documentary)
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Stories of people who regard augmenting their bodies as a way of life, whether for artistic reasons or out of pure vanity. (85 mins.)
 
50.
Mondo New York (1988 Documentary)
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A young woman wanders around New York City and stumbles across a number of strange characters and settings... (83 mins.)
Director: Harvey Keith
“ Mondo New York is a 1988 Mondo film directed by Harvey Nikolai Keith. ” - lankalion
 
51.
Dances Sacred and Profane (1985 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Dan Jury, Mark Jury
 
52.
The Killing of America (1981 Documentary)
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A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more. (90 mins.)
Director: Sheldon Renan