Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Director: Ruggero Deodato

Starring: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Perkanen

Runtime: 1:35

Rant: I figured I'm having a good day. Woke up bright and early, got some exercise in. Why not ruin it? Why not watch real animals get killed in a crappy Italian horror film?

So a film crew goes missing in the jungle. Harold Monroe, played by Robert Kerman, goes in to find them with the help of two military guys. They discover two rival cannibal tribes and we see some gruesome shit. Eventually Harold finds out the film crew is dead, but he finds a documentary they shot and takes it back to New York. The second half of the movie is Harold watching the footage the dead film crew shot.

My main problem with the story is that Harold Monroe is our main character and he's already back home and safe in New York half way through the movie. We already know the film crew is dead so we don't really have much to worry about. Nothing but seeing how gruesome they're killed. We eventually find out that these guys were dicks. They treat the natives like shit, and you end up sort of wanting them to die. The cannibals end up being less scary and more human. They make it out as if civilized people are the bad guys. That may actually make the movie better but I'm still deciding on that. It has some depth. I expected something similar to Zombie Holocaust, but this isn't completely pointless. It's a creative decision that was made and it may actually create discussion if you watch it with a group of friends. Except I don't know any group of friends that will say anything like "Hey fellas! I got Cannibal Holocaust on DVD! Let's all have some snacks and treats and enjoy it!" This is a movie losers like me sit and watch alone, whilst chain smoking.

The music is surprisingly good. Some of these strange Italian movies have terrible scores but I like this one a lot. Very weird almost dream-like music. A lot of it seems like it wouldn't fit but I think it does. Just adds to the ridiculousness of this movie. There's tons of nudity. Full male and full woman. Not the kind you like though. Filthy, muddy nudity and tons of swinging dicks.

The gore is incredible. It's extremely realistic and I could see how some people thought it was real. The animal killings are pointless. They make this film crew out to be total assholes, going into a jungle and doing the things they do, but in reality, the real life film crew went into the jungle and killed a bunch of animals. I'm not an animal rights activist and I don't honestly give a shit about anything but it's unnecessary. Adds nothing. Actually cheapens the film. Makes it more of a shock value type of thing instead of a decent little semi-thought-provoking whatever the fuck you wanna call it. Other than that, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It's by no means great, but for gore fans I'd give it a watch. This is a unique awful horror movie.

Fun facts: After seeing the film, legendary film maker Sergio Leone wrote director Ruggero Deodato a letter that read "Dear Ruggero, what a movie! The second part is a masterpiece of cinematographic realism, but everything seems so real that I think you will get in trouble with all the world."

Horror film: 6
Entertainment: 7
Gore: 9.5
Overall rating: 7.1