I think this movie's in-your-face shock tactics and overall mean-spiritiveness place it on a much higher level than any other gore/exploitation movie I've seen that came out of that cheerful era of Italian filmmaking, for better or worse.
I bought the Grindhouse DVD version of Cannibal Holocaust a little over a year ago and watched the movie for the very first time. After the movie was over, I felt that anyone who isn't truly disturbed by at least a couple of scenes in this movie has to be deranged and sociopathic. Then I turned on Frasier and ate a TV dinner.
So yeah, if you can handle a movie full of real animal mutilations, rape (including a bizarre gang rape scene in which peaceful music plays in the background), and a dude getting his junk hacked off with a sharp rock while being beaten over the head, this movie is something to look out for. I don't know anyone who has watched this movie and said "Dude that rocked!". Rather, it's simply a situation where you can say "Yeah, I really saw that movie. Seriously, the whole thing". Kinda like Eraserhead.
Definitely a classic and I happily defend it whenever anyone sees it on my shelf or if they see it in my collection online. The animal killings bother me, no doubt, I've grown up in a house full of animals so I've been an animal lover but...the film is simply excellent and not pointless exploitation. It had meaning behind it and that's what separates it from the rest of the pack.
Post by SleepawayCamp661 on Jun 19, 2012 22:27:29 GMT -5
This is the only film to date that I have ever had to stop for a minute because I felt so disturbed which never happens when I watch horror movies. It is truley effective for what it is and is a pure horror film for that matter. That scene with the women impaled through the stake looks so real it's just one of those things that you won't forget.
Post by Drayton Sawyer on Jun 25, 2012 16:37:01 GMT -5
I still haven't watched it and don't plan to. If it has real animal killing I couldn't handle it. I'm not a member of PETA or a vegan, but I love animals so seeing them being killed is something I'd prefer to avoid. ;D
A coatimundi (mistaken as a muskrat in the film) is killed with a knife. A large turtle is captured in the water and dragged to shore, where it is then decapitated and its limbs, shell, and entrails are removed. The actors proceed to cook and eat the turtle. A large spider is killed with a machete. A snake is killed with a machete. A squirrel monkey has the top of its skull chopped off with a machete. A pig is kicked twice and then shot in the head with a shotgun at close range.
Eli Roth is making a cannibal themed movie and needed to convince some Amazon villagers who had never seen anything on a TV before to be extras. His choice of film was none other than Cannibal Holocaust. Their reaction? They loved it and thought that it was a comedy.