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Cannibal Holocaust

Powerful? Yes. Visceral? Yes. Disturbing? Definitely yes.
The movie earns its title of “The Most Controversial Movie Ever Made.”
Made in 1979 (released in 1980), Cannibal Holocaust is regarded by many critics as the finest film in the entire subgenre. Director Ruggero Deodato manages to create a classic on-screen gore in an Italian exploitation flick.

The film revolves around few young filmmakers who enters into the South American jungle to find a lost tribe of cannibals, but they never return. A professor (Robert Kerman) goes in search of them after roughly one year. However instead of finding the filmmakers he finds the footage shot by them. The footage tells the story of the event occurred in the jungle.
If we talk about performance we don’t have much to talk except Robert Kerman, who was decent as an actor, and the cannibals. But this movie was not made for performances. It was all about gore. And it bangs on target. The FX work of Aldo Gasparri (White Slave, Django 2) is impressive, especially considering that this movie was made in the '70s with a limited budget and little of today's FX technology. Scenes like the woman impaled on a pole -- through her vagina and out her mouth -- are incredibly realistic and much more powerful than any of today's big-budget CGI horror FX. Other atrocities caught on camera include: a castration, some beatings with large hammers, gut munching, some real-life cruelty to animals (sadly, several real animals are killed on tape), and a few rapes. So kids stay away from this one.
It was one the first of the movies to receive an outright banning in Britain, and it was even banned in Deodato's homeland, Italy. In fact, in an unprecedented move, Deodato had to endure an obscenity trial after being unable to convince Italian authorities that the footage was indeed staged. Deodato lost the original trial, and all prints were to be destroyed. He managed to have the ruling overturned in the early '80s.
Gianfranco Clerici's (Jungle Holocaust, New York Ripper) script is better than required, as he managed to keep balance between exploitation and moral messages. The movie puts the question into the mind of viewer that who is the real savage, the civilized or the cannibals. It even gives the answer but in a more heavy-handed way.
Finally, Cannibal Holocaust is a powerful film which demands more than a casual viewing. Once seen one would never be able to forget the scenes and images of the depravity of morals.
A must watch for the people who love disturbing, violent and visceral flick.

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