Cannibal Holocaust
Cannibal Holocaust (1979)

An anthropologist heads a rescue party into the South American jungle to find a missing film team making a documentary on cannibal tribes but can only return with their footage, which reveals their crueler intentions.

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Rated: NC-17
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 1, 1979
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2005
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Time Out

Its pointed attack on exploitative film-making seems somewhat rich in the circumstances, but this is well made, uniquely unpleasant and almost deserving of its huge cult status.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Apart from being a truly disturbing film, "Cannibal Holocaust" serves up a cold plate of scathing social commentary.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Basically perfect: it achieves its goals in virtually every respect. Deodato made a movie whose purpose is to make me feel awful, and I do.

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Brian Orndorf

Rough, but it's an interesting type of sensationalism from a (thankfully) bygone production era. It's not a film to be enjoyed, but it certainly offers a singular genre bite that's impressively gonzo.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Cannibal Holocaust is certainly unpleasant, uncomfortable, even offensive - which is to say that it is uncompromisingly true to its genre - but that is not to undermine its fierce, probing intelligence.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is, bar none, the most revolting, weird and disturbing cannibal film I have ever seen.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An enormous master work from Ruggero Deodato whose own film has pretty much guaranteed to outlive its creator.

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Ed Whitfield
What Culture

Deodato became confused and made the very thing he was ostensibly criticising.

Fernando F. Croce

Ruggero Deodato's purposefully unwatchable opus questions the film image's validity while debasing it

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
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The real animal killing is revolting but still this controversial and trashy piece of B horror delivers well what it wants to say about the media and… More
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Greg S
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Matthew Roe
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Kevin Cookman
This is one of the very few films that, after viewing, make me feel the most ultimate sensations of repulsion, hopelessness, and awfulness. This is vile and… More