Cannibal Holocaust Review
Written by: Doctor Death, M.D.
Here We Have The Mighty CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST... What Can Be Said About this film that hasn't already been said? Quite Possibly nothing, I Just thought I'd put in my perspective of the movie out there for curious readers. It simply just has to be seen! It has been billed as "the most controversial movie ever made" and "the most brutal and savage motion picture in modern history" and to some that might just seem like an overused marketing technique but I say watch the movie and try to find something that equals it on ALL levels...but there's another way I that I'd like to describe this film; just as The Exorcist or Halloween; in my opinion CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST is "Timeless". And before you judge my statement, I would like to explain my reasoning through this review.
First off... There is no substitute for actually seeing this movie, you can read all the reviews you want but seeing is believing.
For those who are not familiar with the story it is based around a group of 4 filmmakers who travelled into the amazon jungle to shoot a documentary about the primitive tribes within it. Ultimately those filmmakers did not come back, and a Professor at NYU goes into the jungle to either find them or discover what happened to them. Eventually he comes across the last remnants of there lives; their film cans.
What was found on these tapes, they did not expect to find nor could have anyone wished to see, the cruel and barbaric footage the Four had created.
I Do Not wan't to spoil the shocks for anyone so I won't say anything other than that this film contains probably the most graphic and unrelenting violence, torture, rituals, dismemberments and rape in put in a movie ever. It's the worst I have ever seen. Also the animal violence was real and is quite unbearable as well.
As you probably have heard the director and producers were arrested upon the movie's release and it's easy to see why: these scenes are no joke! yes indeed they are fake and staged, but had I not known that they were I would have thought it was real. This is incredibly realistic, gritty, nasty and gory...There are not enough words to describe this picture!
This movie is Timeless to me because of the underlying theme's within that apply to all mankind and also the way that CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST apply's just as much today as it did in the 70's-80's (just listen to some of the lines between Professor Monroe and his team of Anthropologists) and all I know after countless viewings of this film, the hype is true. Each time I have watched it, the powerful cinematic scenes of shock have not let up with impact and partly that is because of the solid story and the way that Ruggero Deodato pulls you into the screen through those 16mm camcorders. I am a firm believer that this movie is one of the greatest horror films of all-time, if not one of the greatest movies ever made!