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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
What an awful ending to such a promising film
Well...I have to say, the ending ruined the entire feel of the film for me.
Yes I was shocked when the animals were killed...but I was actually more relieved that it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. Anyone who has seen slaughter house footage knows that it is MUCH worse than anything in this film...although I in no way am justifying the sick and sadistic murder of these animals. I'm also relieved that the footage showed the film crew actually eating the animals (well, only muskrat, turtle, and monkey) so at least they didn't go to waste (spider, snake, and pig did though).
I watch horror films to watch SPECIAl EFFECTS...CH is a cheap cop out that uses real animal SNUFF instead of SE...so there's no CRAFT to it...just sadistic measures because make-up is too lazy to create effective SE. I enjoyed the FAKE HUMAN GORE (See FAKE, note CRAFT and SPECIAL EFFECTS) at the beginning of the film and felt I was watching something special, that I could look beyond the animal snuff and watch something entertaining. NOPE! Ruggerro really makes us hate the crew through very effective measures, they kill without remorse and sacrifice even their own crew for the shoot. However, when the time comes for them to get their...WTF!!!! First off, Jack is too far away for us to really see anything worthwhile...we get guts flying in the air and a quick penis shot...lame. He should have been more in pain, we should have seen his penis SLOWLY cut off and him SLOWLY gutted, it seemed as if he were dead already, what's the point? Then Fay get's hers, well, we see her get raped enough (very fake looking, the natives are humping ALONGSIDE her, obviously getting nowhere near penetration) and when she gets bludgeoned, camera shakes from afar, no deep cuts, and then they hold up a very fake looking head. The head looked so fake that a tree was obviously used to cover the flakiness of the shot. I did not watch any of the scenes FRAME BY FRAME either...I WATCHED IT IN ONE SITTING AND let IT PLAY THROUGH AS IT WAS Meant TO BE SEEN....VERY FAKE!! Ater this, the two remaining crew members are taken care of by having the natives rush the camera, the camera spins around, and a head covered in Caro syrup lays before the fallen camera while the natives do a little dance behind him.
PUH-lease! The gore at the begging was so effective when the cannibals were eating that arm and then when the Dr. had to feast with the cannibals and also the remains of the crew (or any remains for that matter) looked so great that I was really excited for the rest of the film, looking forward to the climax.
Nope...there is no justice to be had and we don't get the pleasure of seeing these bastards torn limb from limb as the film promises. The whole film was a giant tease, paying off in the beginning and promising more that would never come.
Instead, we're treated to snuff crap and a cop out ending and some of the dumbest revelations ever (we are savages in our own right, NAW! YOU THINK!? Yeah, "civilized" wars are so much better than "uncivilized" wars - sarcasm if you can't tell) Still...it was a nice attempt, although when the executives become disgusted with the footage and the one of the phone says he wants it all burnt it feels like the cheesy "moral learned by all" ending.
The crew had done immoral things for their past documentaries (Last Road to Hell ( which was real footage - yup they killed that little kid and now you know what it looks like to see a child die, aren't you a better person?) was supposedly set up by the crew as well, the woman states that Allen "payed the soldiers to do a bit of acting" and Allen says while burning the villagers alive "Yeah, a set up like in (forgot name of place, but referred to Last Road to Hell, I'm not gonna look it up or watch the movie again)")in the past and...what? Is this suppose to be the last straw? Bullcrap! So it's OK for them to pay soldiers to kill people but NOT OK for them to kill people themselves? Yeah right. If the execs supposedly ate up Last Road they would LOVE Green Hell and edit it to their liking and release it. Anything for a crowd pleaser, that's how media really are in many instances.
Thus the film really started out with something special, but then gave us a really stupid resolve. We don't witness the punishment of the true bad guys and the point of it all is thrown out the window. Supposedly this is a commentary on how media is obsessed with violence and suddenly violence disturbs the execs to the point of destroying what they were seeking.
Not the smart movie it promised to be...just a dumb exploitation film...and not even a good one at that. Watch the first third and the mondo scenes if you MUST, but if you're the kind of person to seek this film out then you have seen worse...trust me.