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Sex & Nudity


The film contains explicit sexual content, including several graphic scenes of rape.

There are many scenes involving both male and female genitalia.

A man rapes a woman with a sharp stone (both the rape and blood are shown). Then he takes a sharp, spiked ball and shoves it in and out of her vagina. The women screams in pain as the man violently beats her to death by thrusting a stone into and out of her vagina. He then beats her to death with the sharp stone by hitting her in the head. However, much of this is seen from a distance.

A woman is shown nude at several different points of the film; her vagina is seen clearly.

In one scene, the main characters are changing their clothes; they are all naked. The camera begins to zoom in on a woman's vagina before she turns away.

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

There are many scenes of tribal nudity from men, women, and children. This is all non-sexual.

A man bathes with a naked woman. However, this is in a non-sexual way.

There is also a very strong (consensual) sex scene with full-frontal female nudity.

Violence & Gore


Several real animals were killed on-screen in graphic detail and close-up. This includes a monkey having its head cut open; a turtle being decapitated and disemboweled (extremely close shot of the head and 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 is raped, and then raped again with a sharp rock and a spiked mud ball before being beaten to death.

A pregnant woman has her baby forcibly removed. The fetus is buried alive whilst the mother is beaten to death with rocks.

A dead woman is found impaled vertically, sitting up with a sharpened wooden pole through her body and exiting through her mouth.

A man is hit with a spear before the natives carry him off. They then proceed to 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 brutally gang-raped by the natives, a woman is decapitated.

A man is attacked and whilst his death is off-screen, blood is 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 standing inside, screaming.

In some cuts of the film, black-and-white footage of what is purported to be fake documentary footage of executions is seen.



7 F-words, as well as some sexual/crude dialogue; obscene hand gestures are displayed directly to the camera three times.


There are several uses of marijuana and cocaine at the start of the film.

A man smokes a tobacco pipe throughout.

A soldier is seen drinking beer.

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

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


Cannibal Holocaust has been named as one of the most controversial, graphic, and disturbing films of all time.

The film is very disturbing and upsetting throughout. There are many onscreen scenes of rape, cannibalism, murder, torture, exploitation, and abuse. With the exception of a brief stock clip of a real execution, all of the violence against humans is staged. It is widely known that real animals were tortured and killed on camera.

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

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


Suggested MPAA rating: NC-17 for extreme aberrant violence, torture and rape and brutal grisly images.

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.

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Argentina:X (original rating) / Argentina:18 (re-rating) (cut) / 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:(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: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:18 (BPjM restricted)

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