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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)




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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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Robert Kerman
as Harold Monroe
Francesca Ciardi
as Faye Daniels
Perry Pirkanen
as Jack Anders
Luca Barbareschi
as Mark Tomaso
Salvatore Basile
as Chaco Losojos
Paolo Paoloni
as Chief NY Executive
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Critic Reviews for Cannibal Holocaust

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

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.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Most of the enduring grindhouse movies lose the residue of sweaty misanthropy through the simple, inevitable obsolescence of their hard-candied centers of shock value.

October 6, 2005 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

The actual savages involved with Cannibal Holocaust are the ones behind the camera.

August 30, 2005 | Rating: D | Full Review…

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.

July 5, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

June 26, 2014 | Full Review…

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

November 14, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cannibal Holocaust


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 journalists who go way too far for the sake of insane sensationalism - even if Deodato seems to be doing the same in the process.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A crew of filmmakers goes into the Amazon jungle, torments a primitive tribe, and then gets the tables turned on them. The irony of this disturbing movie is that it posits that modern society is more savage than the primitive cannibals, then proves it by filming sadistic scenes of real animal killing. Unique, and effective at times, but utterly reprehensible.

Greg S
Greg S

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