Cannibal Holocaust has become synonymous with unethical filmmaking; a deplorable exercise in shocking exploitation designed to illicit primal disgust. Still, the film directed by Ruggero Deodato remains relevant; it deserves credit for establishing the found footage subgenre of horror and the aftermath of the film’s production is a fascinating backstory. And while it’s easy to dismiss Cannibal Holocaust as utter trash, the film actually has a message.
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The way it communicates its message (that news has become just another form of violent entertainment) is extremely problematic, as the production stands in stark contrast to the film’s supposed morality. In other words, it stoops to the level of those it seeks to condemn. Our favorite Irish film critic and academic, Ryan Hollinger, explores this complex hypocrisy of Cannibal Holocaust in his most recent video: Exploring Cinema’s Most Controversial Horror Movie.
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Cannibal Holocaust stars Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, and Perry Pirkanen.