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The film contains explicit sexual content, which includes four scenes of rape.

Full-frontal female nudity is shown when a woman has objects thrust into her vulva.

A woman is shown nude in a few scenes; her crotch is seen clearly. A few scenes show both male and female genitalia.

The main characters change their clothes; they are all naked. The camera zooms in on a woman's genitalia before she turns away.

A man roughly gropes his crew member, removing her clothes. Full-frontal female nudity is shown as he continues to grope/embrace her.

A man splashes about naked as part of a trust ritual; his genitals are seen in full view. A number of natives join him in the water.

Several scenes of tribal nudity from men, women, and children. A man bathes with a naked woman. All are in a non-sexual context.


6 real animals were killed on-screen in graphic detail and close-up. They are listed as a monkey having its head cut open; a turtle being decapitated and disemboweled (extremely close shot of the head and then legs being cut off and it's shell being pulled open; this spills out the animal's guts which are torn out by some men and eaten); a pig being kicked and then shot; a coati having its throat cut; and a tarantula spider and a snake being cut in two with a machete.

A woman yelps as she has a sharp rock and then spiked mud ball thrust into her vulva. She then yells in pain briefly as she is killed by 3 hits to the head with a rock.

A pregnant woman has her fetus pulled out of her womb. The fetus is then buried while she is beaten on the body and head with rocks to her swift death.

A dead woman is found impaled vertically, sitting up with a sharpened wooden pole in her rectum and exiting out of her mouth.

A man is wounded with a spear and shot dead (off-screen) before the natives carry him off. They then proceed to cut off his penis, hack his upper torso apart and pull his guts out, decapitate him, cook, and begin to eat all of this. Most of the process occurs off-screen.

After being gang-raped by the natives, a woman is beaten to death (partially obscured) and decapitated. We see her head from a distance.

A man is killed off-screen. Blood is briefly shown all over his face.

A skeleton is found with numerous bugs and worms squirming inside the eye sockets and jaw. These are picked out with a machete.

A tribe is herded into a wooden hut which is burned down; many escape but some are inside crying out.

In some cuts of the film, what is purported to be fake documentary footage of firing squad executions can be seen.


7 f*cks and 1 piece of a** (not used too crudely). The middle finger is flipped towards the camera twice.


Marijuana and cocaine are both used a few times early on.

At the start, one of the main characters seems 'high' for a short period of time.

A man often smokes a tobacco pipe.

A soldier is seen drinking beer.

A man snorts cocaine off his machete and coerces a captured native to do the same.


Cannibal Holocaust is often considered to be one of the most controversial, graphic, and disturbing films of all time.

There are onscreen depictions of cannibalism, torture, rape, and exploitation. With the exception of a brief stock clip of a real execution, all of the violence against humans is staged. But it is widely known that real animals were killed on camera.

When it was first released, because it was believed the actors were actually murdered on screen, director Ruggero Deodato faced life in prison for murder - until the actors presented themselves alive and well in the Italian court. The film remains banned and/or heavily edited in several countries to this day, largely due to the actual animal deaths depicted.

The film is unrated in the United States, but was originally rated X by the MPAA in 1984. The rating was surrendered by the distributors, who preferred to release the film unrated.

The 2014 Blu-ray release features both the original theatrical cut (96 minutes) and an edited version (90 minutes), which features all scenes involving animal cruelty omitted from the film.

A possible rating :: NC-17 for extreme violence and gore, and for aberrant sexual content including scenes of rape.

Total Content Score: 46/50

Argentina:X (original rating) / Argentina:18 (re-rating) (cut) / Australia:R18+ (re-rating) (2005) (uncut) / Australia:RC (1983-2005) / Brazil:18 (2013) (festival self-rating) / Canada:R / Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (uncut) / Chile:(Banned) (original rating) / Chile:18 (re-rating) (cut) / Czech Republic:18 / Denmark:16 / Finland:K-18 (2001) / France:18 (DVD) / France:18 (TV rating) / France:16 (original rating) / Germany:BPjM Restricted / Germany:(Banned) / 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 (certificate #1814) (original rating) (rating surrendered) / West Germany:18 (cut) (original rating)

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