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Sex & Nudity

  • There is alot of nudity displayed throughout this movie including genitals and full frontal nudity and back.
  • A man takes off all his clothes and goes into a lake. Several nude native women come out from behind a bush and join him. They are seen touching him, including touching his genitals as he exits the lake.
  • In more than one instance a character is seen naked while being beaten or killed. See violence & gore for more details.
  • In a slightly disturbing prolonged sex scene, a couple is seen having sex at the site of a hut they previously burned down which killed multiple people. Buttocks, breasts, and a brief shot of pubic hair are seen as well.
  • A group of people tease eachother in a scene when a couple of them who are implyed they just showered, their towels are pulled away exposing full nudity (not sexual). They then try to get their towel back. Although its highly explicit, this scene is also seen as comical.
  • Couple scenes depicting violent sexuality/rape. These scenes are disturbing for obvious reasons including that some appear to be real and are often followed up with graphic violence. See violence & gore for more details.
  • With the sex & nudity alone, absolutely no one under 18 should be able to view this film. As a couple depictions described above can appear as slightly pornographic.
  • A man removes his clothing and stands in the open fully nude and calls out to get the natives attention. The natives are spotted and a gun is fired to scare them away. He then puts back on his clothing.
  • There are many rape scenes and sex scenes

Violence & Gore

  • (This scene is very disturbing and said to be the most graphic in this movie). A nude woman is dragged off a boat and onto a muddy shore. A rock is seen being thrusted multiple times inbetween her thighs, followed by a larger object that appears to have points or be sharp. She is seen covered in mud and blood and is then struck in the head multiple times and appears to be dead. Then is dragged back to the boat.
  • 3 men are seen taking turns raping a tribe member while a seprate character is yelling and worried about something else instead of someone getting raped. The tribe member is then fatally shot shortly after. This is extremly shocking and is uncomfortable to watch.
  • A violent scene depicts a brief shot where a mans penis is cut off. This is graphic and shocking but is short. Afterwards he is brutally hit many times with a bunch of sticks and killed.
  • A couple acts of cannibalism (obviously) depict a group of tribal people are seen eating meat off of human bones. Also in another scene a man is obligated to take a bite out of a human heart. Other acts of cannibalism is implied throughout. These arent too graphic but are not for anyone squeamish.
  • This movie is said to be one of the most violent and controversial movies ever and pushed the limits of the nc-17 rating during its 1980 release. Definatly not okay for teens and younger. Also not recommended for all adult audiences. This movie depicts brutal and gory violence, including rape, and actual animal cruelty.
  • A disturbing scene of an abortion depicts a newborn fetus is pulled out of the woman by a group of people and is buried. They then hit her with sticks for a couple seconds, her face is seen with blood on it as well as her genital area.
  • A mans leg is cut off with a machete after a venemous snake bite.
  • Some natives are chased through the woods by soilders and are shot dead. One is taken captive.
  • A dead woman is implied to have been killed by being impaled vertically with a pole through her body and out her mouth after the characters find this. She is completly nude and covered in blood.
  • After the characters exit the woods into a clearing, a corpse is seen being mutilated and disemboweled by natives.
  • A woman is briefly seen being held on the ground and raped anally by a native. Both are nude and we see some very explicit shots of this.
  • Blood is frequently seen before, during, and after depictions of violence.
  • After the killing and disembowelment of a character the natives cut off his head and are seen holding it up in the air.
  • A soilder is shot in the neck with a dart and sits on the ground in pain, some blood is seen coming out of his neck. Natives approach him and are seen cutting open his arm before the camera cuts.
  • People are chasing natives through the woods and shoots one in the leg, some blood is seen. This is disturbing as they shot the native so they could go slower, they continue to follow the limping native.
  • 2 groups of natives fight eachother and are seen killing eachother with stick like weapons. Not too graphic as this fight is seen from a distance.
  • 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 cat having its throat cut; and a tarantula spider and a snake being cut in two with a machete. (These scenes are ONLY cut out in the animal cruelty cut version of this movie).
  • A man is wounded with a spear and shot dead (off-screen) before the natives carry him off. They then proceed to hack his upper torso apart and feed him to a pit of zombies
  • 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. This scene is very intense.
  • In some cuts of the film, what is purported to be fake documentary footage of firing squad executions can be seen.
  • a man is chased by zombies into a pit of mud and clay. he screams as zombies come out of the ground and tear at him.


  • The profanity and language is more mild when compared to other content of the movie but that does not make it appropriate for a non adult audience.
  • Some mild language hell, damn, a*s, s**t
  • 7 f*cks and 1 piece of a** (not used too crudely). The middle finger is flipped towards the camera twice.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • 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.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This movie is one of the goriest movies ever made.
  • Suggested MPAA rating: NC-17 for extreme bloody violence and gore, including animal cruelty and a brutal rape scene
  • Not okay for anyone under 17. Even for adults this movie is iffy containing a lot of gore and sex and nudity, including rape.
  • Most viewers may find content not as much frightening or intense as they may find it more disturbing or even vile.
  • A group of people wade accross a river, an alligator is seen swimming nearby and it is a bit intense and peril as they move accross the river.
  • Cannibal Holocaust is often considered to be one of the most controversial, graphic, and disturbing films of all time.
  • All of the violence against humans is staged. But it is widely known that real animals were killed on camera
  • The zombies are extremely deformed and graphic. Some are deteriorating while others look like deformed people.
  • 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.
  • There is a scene where a tent and a campfire is set in the middle of the jungle. We then see limping figures come out of the trees as they move closer. the viewer can clearly see that they are zombies. They move past the characters tent unnoticed. this scene is extremely disturbing and suspenseful.


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Violence & Gore

  • We learn the documentary crew is commiting acts of violence and disturbing things to later make their doccumentary more intense. Some of these include betraying people by killing them, and being violent and cruel towards the natives, as well as killing and disemboweling a turtle and killing a couple other animals. These acts are disturbing.
  • The final minuites of the in movie documentary are very violent and shocking and also depict a gang rape of a female character.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • We discover that the missing film crew is dead when a character discovers a throne made out of what is implied to be their bones remains and their camera.

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