Cannibal Holocaust

Cannibal Holocaust ★★★★★

Few films are so brutal in terms of commentary and execution. Cannibal Holocaust achieves it's shock value through its sense of realism. The film begins as we join a professor on the trail of a group of students that have gone missing in the Amazon after heading off to shoot a documtary. The first half of the film is almost a travelogue as we watch the professor and his guides negotiate the jungle and become acquainted with the local tribes. The second half of the film is where we find the guts; as we learn how the excursion into the jungle went for the four documtary filmmakers. The film really doesn't flinch in its portrayal of the brutality of the jungle. The film is so rich in terms of themes that its difficult to take everything in at once. Cannibal Holocaust earns it's status as one of the most shocking ever made but strangely it's not for the gore but for what the gore represents. Much of the film is difficult to sit through (not just the animal cruelty) and that is credit to its overall power. Cannibal Holocaust is a film often brushed off as trash but for me it's one of the real masterpieces of the twentieth century. And that soundtrack!!...

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