8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2003
When I saw Cannibal Holocaust I was sickened and disgusted. I could see the point the Director was making- juxtaposition of the twisted savages from tribes' people to film-maker - but did it have to be so graphic?? Perhaps the shock factor helped to make it's point, but each scene became increasingly gory, until I began to wonder how much more shocking the film could get. Either the acting is some of the best I've ever seen, or the 'actors' really are absolutely terrified.
Make no mistake, this is NOT a film you can just turn off when you've finished watching and go to bed with your cup of cocoa. It is without doubt the most graphically disturbing film I've ever seen (and I've seen a few), and is only to be watched if you can distance any kind of emotion you may be feeling from what you are seeing. I still can't believe it's legal.
I've given the film 5 stars not because I enjoyed it or ever want to see it again, but because it fulfilled it's purpose - to make this film one of (in fact probably) the most emotionally challenging films you'll ever see.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2002
This is a great film in its original form and can not be fully appreciated in its expurgated version, however judiciously edited. I feel somewhat patronised watching a film where the music soundtrack (which is excellent accompanying the brutal murder sequences with harrowing effect)is broken-up at times and thoroughly disjointed indicating that whole sections of the film have been removed. To add to this (if not already obvious signpost) plot points make little sense. My point is a simple one...why shouldn't mature adults over 18 be allowed to watch this film as the director intended it to be and judge it accordingly? Surely, some scenes will distress even the hardest of people, but this is not your average Saturday night material and anyone who buys this WILL ALREADY KNOW about its content! So good film...YES, good DVD presentation...YES, a chance to own possible the most disturbing visceral AND hauntingly beautiful horror film of all time...well, sadly NO! Sorry, but another black mark for the BBFC in my book.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2012
Cannibal Holocaust is still as disturbing now as it was 30 years ago. This isn't a movie for the faint hearted. Yes the animal killings were unnecesary but i'm a firm believer that censorship should take place before the film is shot, not afterwards.I don't like animal violence but would've rather have had the uncut version released. This new "2011 Deodato re-edit" basically addresses some of the directors and the publics concerns and exorcises some of this material. Why not all you say? well thats anyone's guess, but the BBFC have NOT cut all the animal violence out, most are redited with scratchy film inserts obscuring shots and lengthy scenes have now been trimmed down. The turtle's death is still on here as the BBFC class this as "slaughter", so it being a quick death is deemed ok. The Muskrat killing is gone coz the BBFC classifield this as unnecessary cruelty. I don't miss these scenes particularly, i've seen them on the Grindhouse U.S edition anyway.
The new blu ray print looks superb. You can actually now see what a well made film this actually is. Ruggero Deodato is a superb director.
There are 2 documentaries each running about 40 mins. One has various critics and academics discussing the controversry on the film, the other has interviews with director Deodato and star Carl Yorke. Both are worth checking out.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2001
This release is highly likely to have a high number of cuts!
Cannibal Holocaust follows the misadventures of a film making crew in South America. They fall foul of the natives while attempting to produce a documentary film of their day-to-day lives. As you may have guessed, the natives are cannibals. Que the dismemberment, beheading, impaling and the gut eating. I urge caution if this is an uncut version as the violence is extremely explicit! It is NOT for the faint hearted! The uncut version also contains a number of REAL footage of animal killings and dismemberment. Even though this film contains explicit violence, the likes of which is not seen else where, it does seem to be justified within the context of the film. It is about cannibalism, so you see cannibalism in all it's horrific glory, also, animals would be killed and butchered if you were on an expedition in the jungle. I feel the content is justified but certainly very difficult to watch. The reason why this film has been awarded 5 stars by me is due to the superbe effects, the brilliant camera work (blair-witch eat your heart out), the INCREDABLY creepy music and just the whole 'in-your faceness' of it. Highly recommended to horror fanatics and those with a strong stomach! This is a land mark, pioneering film NOT to be missed. It's infamy is deserved, you can't call yourself a film buff if you haven't seen this blood soaked original!
A truely moving, disturbing and powerful film.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2008
I just acquired the Deluxe Collector's Edition of Cannibal Holocaust (I'm not telling where!) and watched it immediately. I'm surprised to see it on Amazon as it would seem to be the uncut version, which unlike the Grindhouse release doesn't give you the option of an "animal cruelty free" version. There are a few extras, notably a clunkily-made but fairly interesting series of interviews with the director.
First up, while Cannibal Holocaust is very definitely an exploitation movie, it has more depth than the usual high body count / frequent nudity examples of the genre. Perhaps if it had been made with a little more panache, it would have become unbearably intense to watch, but as it is as if the flaws in acting and continuity allowed me to do the "it's just a movie, and a dated one at that" thing and find some distance from what I was viewing.
That said, the violence and gore are relentless, and unsparing. Many viewers really struggle with the real-life animal cruelty, so DON'T watch if you can't handle that. Oddly, as a committed Vegan , that element didn't trouble me too much (perhaps because I've already accepted that vast amounts of animals are being killed constantly for a wide variety of reasons, including as recreation - for example bullfights or other forms of hunting) though their suffering and death are shown so graphically and unflinchingly it still surprises.
As to the film overall, it plays (I think that "play" IS the right word - there's a certain dark wit at work throughout Cannibal Holocaust, not least in the odd juxtapostion of imagery and music) with themes of exploitation and power, sometimes with a semblance of subtlety as a satire of a self-important but amoral media, and more often bluntly sledghammering it's point home with gruesome bloodshed.
Cannibal Holocaust deserves it's place in cinematic history, for establishing the documentary styled horror film taken in different directions by Blair Witch, The Last Broadcast and more recently the likes of [REC] and others, for sheer savagery, and for me at least for making me want to see the horrible brattish film crew face retribution for their actions but then making the payback so horrendous I had to question my own desire.
A film not to be taken lightly and that in spite (or maybe because of) it's zeal for brutality left me with much to think about, somehow becoming a more cerebral experience than I would have expected.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2002
Having had the pleasure of seeing both this release and the uncut original I can tell you that this is an amazing film. I was suprised by the amount of violence left in this version after those pesky censors got the hands on it. The parts that have been cut (the scenes of animal killing and rape mainly) are of little consequence to the story and you should, if mentally stable, be able to live without seeing these. there is still plenty of blood and violence to keep all you little gore hounds amused. The story is pretty much the same as any other cannibal film: people go into jungle, upset natives, become dinner. But this is an extremly well wrote and directed film that leaves the rest (except Cannibal Ferox, which is almost as good) well and truly in the shade. I wont go into the story line as you probabally already know it, but I will tell you that it will keep you captured from begining to end plus the acting and effects, considering the year it was made and the usual standards on offer from this genre, I think are very good indeed. So in summary if you are not put off by explicit violence, i highly recommend that you see this film, and dont be put off by the fact that there are cuts made to this film. It is still a sick puppy of a film.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2011
...from the BBFC version.I promise,if you disregarded this as a dud,as I did after watching the pointless 18 cert BBFC offering then wait,put together this is easily the most disturbing film I have seen,it's horrific but not really a horror,no strange goings on in the dark,nothing like Fulci or Argento,Umberto Lenzi released Cannibal Ferox on the back of the success of Holocaust which upps the ante with some of the visual gruesome effects and similar animal deaths but is opportunistic and clumsy by comparison.Dedatos film is very different,I shifted uncomfortably ready to look away after about 20 mins until the end,the first 20 minutes seducing you into a false sense of security with Riz Ortolani's beautiful musical score playing over spectacular shot's of the sprawling rivers,lush greenery and exotic wildlife whick completely defy your expectations of such a notorious and luridly titled film.The documentary style in the way the film is presented is expertly done,smashing to bits the notion that The Blair Witch Project was an original idea,and making Bland Witch seem as menacing as a child brandishing a sawn off water pistol.That Deadato faced murder charges shortly after it's release as the Italian authorities actually seized copies of the film in the belief that the deaths on show really did happen,is testament to the realism of Holocaust.He had to prove in court that the film was fiction.The marrying of actual animal killings with extremely realistic and brutal staged human deaths and violence plays it's part,as well as the not inconsiderable feat of directing a real Amazonian tribe seamlessly along with the paid acting cast,this combination of factors tricks your brain into thinking everything is real,creating a quite unique sense of mounting dread and grim anticipation.I simply can't think of another film that comes close in this respect,a much maligned masterpiece,usually criticized by people who haven't watched the movie so don't realise or consider that despite the title and reputation it is a rather sophisticated and intelligent film that is beautifully shot with a good plot and structure and it's thought provoking theme of hypocrisy about media representations of violence is ever prescient,this is no mindless gore flick,yes it's savage,gruesome and exploitative,even in itself hypocritical I concede but this is why it still excites debate to this day and will do for years to come,elevating it far above any other titles that found infamy with the"Video Nasty"panic that swept Britain in the early 80s.For me the only downside,if you can call it that,is that all your other horror/exploitation films begin to look a little tame.Genius!
NOTE:since I published this review the BBFC have since released the film missing only one scene&directors edit from Shameless
Entertainment,still best uncut as the scene cut is crucial to the film,as it happens it's the scene that I allude to that wrenches away the comfort zone and turns the film disorientingly on it's head!
on 14 July 2010
After all the hype surrounding this film I was compeled to watch it. It is a pretty gruesome and cruel film and not really for the faint hearted (although I have seen far worse in films such as Saw, Decent and so on).
The first half of the story follows three men as they go in search of the four documentary film makers, while the second half focuses on the footage they find which reveals their fate. I found the film entertaining enough although I enjoyed Mountain of the Cannibal God more.
This version of the film has a few minor cuts which include, the giant turtle been killed, the muskrate been cut open and slight cuts on the rape scenes. The best thing about this movie was the Soundtrack and that stood out to me more than any of the violence.
DVD Quality= Very Good
Sound= Very good apart from the scene were the Turtle is killed were the it jumps slightly
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2001
How does one summarise one of the most notorious of all horror films in a few paragraphs? Simply put, Cannibal Holocaust is a truly gruelling viewing experience, extremely well made and definately not for the faint hearted (putting it mildly!). I won't bother with the details of the film - if you're interested in watching this, the best way to view it, is to watch without knowing anything about it - as Deodato originally intended.
The fact that it is finally legally on British shores and released by Vipco on DVD is excellent, but the more extreme material is cut from this version. All actual animal cruelty is (mercifully) taken out and all prolonged sexual violence (of which there is quite alot) has been removed. In total, the BBFC trimmed it by 5mins 44seconds. However, still good to see it finally available - sterling job by Vipco and BBFC for releasing it in any form!
Watch - but you have been warned!!
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2001
Directed by italian maestro ruggero deodato, 'Cannibal Holocaust' is a haunting, beautifully filmed masterpiece. Deodato, known for a spattering of mostly laughable eroto-horror, hit the mark with a few wonderful pictures, notably 'House by the edge of the park,' 'Jungle holocaust,' and this, his greatest film. Contrasting powerful, horrific imagery with a gorgeous, melodic soundtrack by composer riz Ortolani. the most impressive aspect of the film, however, is it's remarkable super-realism. I have seen very few horror films, if any, that are acted with such passion and naturality. The film is exploitative, extreme, brutal, and marvelous... see it! However, I do think that this particular release is cut by some six or so minutes.