“Cannibal Holocaust” is a 1980 cannibal film directed by Italian filmmaker Ruggero Deodato. The movie has an infamous reputation and is one of the most controversial movies of all time. Many countries banned the film upon release and in some countries it remains banned to this day. However it is a film that was very much ahead of its time and has a place in horror history as one of the first found footage films.
A group of documentary filmmakers go to the Amazon to shoot a film about the area’s local cannibal tribes. However the group goes missing. Harold Monroe, a New York University professor, goes to the Amazon to find the missing crew. He returns home with their footage and learns about the gruesome events that happened to the crew.
Horror fans know about this film but the general public is not aware of it, and to be fair it is not a film for everyone. Even some horror fans have a hard time making it through this one as it is very hardcore and brutal. It is so intense that it was believed to be a snuff film and Deodato had to go to court to prove the actors were still alive. Also, I have make a note of this: Seven animals were killed in the making of the film and six of the kills were featured on screen. However on the DVD there is an option where you can watch the film without the animal violence.
A very controversial film but one that was ahead of its time and worth a watch. Deodato does not get the credit he deserves. Without “Cannibal Holocaust” there probably would be no “The Blair Witch Project” “Paranormal Activity,” or “Cloverfield.” If you looking for a brutal, shocking film that is extremely realistic than this one is for you.