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Cannibal Holocaust -- Primitive savagery meets the brutality of the modern world in Ruggero Deodato’s timeless slice of visceral horror - Cannibal Holocaust, a film so violent and depraved that the director was charged with killing his own cast!

Anthropologist Harold Munroe is hellbound as he travels into the green inferno of South America’s rainforest in an attempt to find a documentary crew lost months before. Instead of survivors he discovers a world of cannibalistic excess beyond his wildest imaginings but when he returns home and screens the footage left behind by the eviscerated filmmakers, chaos erupts as the screen is filled with some of most disturbing images ever committed to celluloid.
The ultimate video nasty, is now presented as never experienced before, remastered in HD from original sources, and with the 1st ever Director’s New Edit, it reminds us why it is still THE most controversial film ever!

It inlcudes: • 2 Films:
1- CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST
2- CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, 1ST EVER DIRECTOR’S RE-EDI
• 2 Presentations by the director Ruggero Deodato
• 2 Exclusive Shameless Programmes:
1- “FILM AND BE  DAMNED”: shocking revelations about the film by its participants
2- “THE LONG ROAD BACK FROM HELL”: in depth reappraisal of the film and the new critical applauds it receives from today’s cutting-edge film makers and critics.
• Theatrical trailer 
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Available on Blu-ray & DVD with Shameless Screen Enetrtainment from 26.09.2011

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Release Date:
19 June 1985 (USA) See more »
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Ripout! Barbeque! Devour! How long can you take it? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A brutal cinematic masterpiece that you will not want to watch again, but will still feel that urge to watch it again See more (500 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Kerman ... Harold Monroe
Francesca Ciardi ... Faye Daniels
Perry Pirkanen ... Jack Anders

Luca Barbareschi ... Mark Tomaso (as Luca Giorgio Barbareschi)
Salvatore Basile ... Chaco Losojos
Ricardo Fuentes
Carl Gabriel Yorke ... Alan Yates (as Gabriel Yorke)
Paolo Paoloni ... Chief NY Executive
Lionello Pio Di Savoia ... Executive (as Pio Di Savoia)
Luigina Rocchi ... Native
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucia Costantini ... Adulteress (uncredited)
Ruggero Deodato ... Man Outside University (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Harold Monroe (voice) (uncredited)
Enrico Papa ... TV Show Host (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... TV Show Host (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ruggero Deodato 
 
Writing credits
Gianfranco Clerici (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Franco Di Nunzio .... producer
Franco Palaggi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Riz Ortolani 
 
Cinematography by
Sergio D'Offizi 
 
Film Editing by
Vincenzo Tomassi 
 
Production Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
 
Makeup Department
Nicola Catalani .... assistant makeup artist
Massimo Giustini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Giovanni Masini .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Salvatore Basile .... assistant director
Lamberto Bava .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Rodolfo Ruzza .... property master
 
Sound Department
Gianni D'Amico .... sound mixer
Bruno Longobardo .... sound mixer
Raul Montesanti .... sound engineer
Umberto Montesanti .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Aldo Gasparri .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ennio Brizzolari .... key grip
Paolo Cavicchioli .... still photographer (as Paolo Maria Cavicchioli)
Roberto Forges Davanzati .... camera operator
Enrico Maggi .... assistant camera
Luigi Pasqualini .... chief electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucia Costantini .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Rita Antonelli .... assistant editor
Luciano Vittori .... color consultant
 
Other crew
Vito Di Bari .... production secretary
Armando Pace .... cutting room assistant
Rossana Rocchi .... continuity
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
95 min | UK:89 min (heavily cut) | USA:90 min (animal cruelty-free version) | Canada:86 min (Québec)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System) | Dolby Digital (2001 re-release)
Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R (re-rating) (2005) (uncut) | Australia:(Banned) (1984-2005) | Brazil:18 (2013) (festival self-rating) | Canada:R | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating, uncut) | Chile:18 | Czech Republic:18 | Denmark:16 | Finland:K-18 (2001) | France:-18 (DVD) | France:-18 (TV rating) | France:16 (original rating) | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Germany:18 (heavily cut) | Germany:Not Rated (uncut DVD version) | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:(Banned) | Ireland:18 (re-rating) (2006) | Ireland:(Banned) (1984-2006) | Italy:VM18 (original rating) (cut) | Italy:VM18 (re-rating) (1984) | Italy:(Banned) (1980-1984) | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:D | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:(Banned) (2006) | Norway:18 (re-rating) (2005) (uncut) | Norway:(Banned) (1984-2005) | Philippines:(Banned) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Africa:18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (uncut DVD version) | Sweden:18 (video rating, cut) | UK:X (self applied: 1981) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2001) (heavily cut) (2011) (cut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-2001) | USA:Unrated | USA:X (original rating) (rating surrendered) | West Germany:(Banned)
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Ten days after its premiere in Milan, the film was seized by the Italian courts, and director Ruggero Deodato, was arrested and charged with obscenity. He was later charged with murdering several actors on camera, and faced life in prison. The cast had signed contracts requiring them to disappear for a year after shooting, to maintain the illusion that they'd died. Deodato contacted Luca Barbareschi and told him to contact the three other actors who played the missing film team. When the actors appeared in court, alive and well, the murder charges were dropped.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the Yanomamo guide is given muskrat flesh to eat, he never puts any inside in his mouth. Instead, he opens his mouth a few times near it to give the impression that he is eating.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Reporter:Man is omnipotent; nothing is impossible for him. What seemed like unthinkable undertakings yesterday are history today. The conquest of the moon for example: who talks about it anymore? Today we are already on the threshold of conquering our galaxy, and in a not too distant tomorrow, we'll be considering the conquest of the universe, and yet man seems to ignore the fact that on this very planet there are still people living in the stone age and practicing cannibalism.
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References Four of the Apocalypse (1975)See more »

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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A brutal cinematic masterpiece that you will not want to watch again, but will still feel that urge to watch it again, 25 December 2007
Author: isaac-cady from United States

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 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.

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