Cannibal Holocaust (1979)

Cannibal Holocaust (1979, ITA/COL) C-95m. * D: Ruggero Deodato. Starring Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi. When a team of four documentary filmmakers go missing in the Amazon jungle, professor Kerman follows their trail to confirm suspicions that they were killed by cannibals. Genre "classic" has a semi-documentary-like script but reveals its true nature when it resorts to showing cruelties towards animals and ultimately gross special effects. Considered by many insiders to be the best, most harrowing of the cannibal films, especially because of its shockingly realistic effects and a (perversely) beautiful score by Riz Ortolani. As a matter of fact, this one is pseudo-critical and sensationalistic and should be rejected. Lamberto Bava was assistant director.


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