The 'Cannibal Holocaust', a horror film, is a fascinating tale

The 'Cannibal Holocaust', a horror film, is a fascinating tale ...

Ruggero Deodato chose to pursue a filmmaker career. It was not expected that he would be charged with murder. Cannibal Holocaust was, after all, a movie that attracted attention in the same way as Andy Warhol's. This was just one of many chapters in his seminal horror Cannibal Holocaust, which would, in one way or another, brand him a legendary degenerate.

Deodato had been filming since the 1960s, with a trademark style: flashy, grimy pictures with a hardened edge and plenty of sex and violence. Although released after the Holocaust, his other cult classic, House On The Edge of the Park, was made before the Holocaust, and this film also explored social issues, and many ideas worthy of cinematic examination.

Cannibal Holocaust is the story of a professor traveling to the Amazon to discover what happened to a film crew of missing brave young Americans, only to realize that this portrayal couldnt have been more different. The film examines how the mass media portrays its fellow Americans, the marginalization of those outside the land of the free, and what it means to be civilized. Only by his accepting the tribespeople and metaphorically speaking their language will he piece the puzzle together.

The anchors in New York are jokingly anticipating a new documentary that will be even more sensational than the crew's previous works. His girlfriend Faye (Francesca Ciardi) can understand him, and his two associates Jack (Perry Pirkanen) and Mark (Luca Giorgio Barbareschi) are equally accustom to him, as they are raging assholes. This is because they are so keen on the film's subject matter that they never even

The second half of the film concentrates on the recovered film, instilling a new visual narrative that would become a staple of the horror genre: found footage. This is one of many details that help to blur the lines between fiction and reality that had never been explored in films before, including some truly remarkable gore effects.

Despite the criticism that found footage is a lazy form of filmmaking, it is nonetheless a beautiful example of Dolly Parton's cleverness.

What is the fate of the filmmakers? What unsettling reality is contained within those celluloid reels? If they came across as unlikable in their previous footage, they are proven to be terrible, perhaps even deadly today. Fayes' only complaint is that documenting their violence is a waste of precious time.

The last sequence of film is so beautifully directed: the camera is so fast moving - almost vibrating - that it forgets all of the noise in the background. Eventually, the execs in the viewing room abandon the project and order the footage burned, retaliating against the shambolic truth. Dr. Monroe returns to New York's concrete jungle, contemplating who the real cannibals are.

From the start, this notoriously torturous filming process - As The Jungle - was a nightmare. Conditions were wet, humid, and unpredictable, and they resulted in extensive physical injury for the crew, as well as significant psychological damage. Deodato avoided many of the common forms of filmmaking, allowing the more extreme and controversial scenes to be filmed without legal challenge.

Cannibal Holocaust is not just an old-school exploitation film that was seized on the grounds of obscenity; the people who made it were so ruthless in their crimes that they were even allowed to film an official premiere! Perhaps even more appropriate, countries around the world were overturning the restriction on it, or at the very least censoring it heavily.

All of this conflict occurred at the appropriate time, when home video was flourishing. Video distributors were too quick to keep up with, and soon viewers everywhere were watching the film, only spurred on by obscenities and bans. Cannibal Holocaust was featured prominently in the Video Nasties list and the wider moral panic surrounding the underregulated video market and the effects of violence on audiences.

Cannibal Ferox was released in 1981, almost identical to Holocaust, and even borrowed actors from it. This style would take a while to catch on, but when it did, it was absolutely revolutionary. In 1999, the Blair Witch Project was the first film of this kind to truly impact mainstream cinema, and it was popular amongst those who followed it. Eli Roth, Jaume Balaguero, and Paco Plaza used found footage to inspire their own films.

Although most movies may stumble into the sensational or blatantly off-putting, there is often a message beneath the surface that they desire people to consider for years, even decades. Cannibal Holocaust has a lot to say about humanity if viewers are open to hearing it.