A report on Cannibal Holocaust

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Director Ruggero Deodato
Carl Gabriel Yorke and Francesca Ciardi
The film's impalement scene was one of several scenes examined by the courts to determine whether the violence depicted was staged or genuine.
Ruggero Deodato with Eli Roth on the set of Hostel: Part II (2007)

1980 Italian found footage cannibal horror film directed by Ruggero Deodato and written by Gianfranco Clerici.

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Ruggero Deodato at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

Ruggero Deodato

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Italian film director, screenwriter, and sometime actor.

Italian film director, screenwriter, and sometime actor.

Ruggero Deodato at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

His most notable film is Cannibal Holocaust, considered one of the most controversial and brutal in the history of cinema, which was seized, banned or heavily censored in many countries, and which contained special effects so realistic that they led to Deodato being arrested on suspicion of murder.

Cannibal film

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Cannibal films, alternatively known as the cannibal genre or the cannibal boom, are a subgenre of horror films made predominantly by Italian filmmakers during the 1970s and 1980s.

Cannibal films, alternatively known as the cannibal genre or the cannibal boom, are a subgenre of horror films made predominantly by Italian filmmakers during the 1970s and 1980s.

Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust, released in 1980, is often considered to be the best-known film of the genre due to the significant controversy surrounding its release, and is one of the few films of the genre to garner mainstream attention.

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Ultimo mondo cannibale

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1977 Italian cannibal exploitation film directed by Ruggero Deodato.

1977 Italian cannibal exploitation film directed by Ruggero Deodato.

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It is the precursor to Deodato's notoriously controversial Cannibal Holocaust (1980), but was originally slated to be directed by Umberto Lenzi as a follow-up to his prototypical 1972 cannibal film Man from Deep River.

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The House on the Edge of the Park

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1980 English-language Italian exploitation horror film written by Gianfranco Clerici and Vincenzo Mannino, and directed by Ruggero Deodato.

1980 English-language Italian exploitation horror film written by Gianfranco Clerici and Vincenzo Mannino, and directed by Ruggero Deodato.

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The entire film was shot on a low budget, in only three weeks in September 1979, after Deodato had finished production on Cannibal Holocaust.

Kerman in Debbie Does Dallas (1978)

Robert Kerman

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American actor who had a noted pornographic acting career during what is considered to be the "golden age" period of the porn film industry during the mid-1970s to the early/mid-1980s.

American actor who had a noted pornographic acting career during what is considered to be the "golden age" period of the porn film industry during the mid-1970s to the early/mid-1980s.

Kerman in Debbie Does Dallas (1978)

He was one of few adult performers to have an appreciable mainstream acting career, with his most widely known leading role being Professor Harold Monroe in the controversial horror film Cannibal Holocaust (1980).

Italian director Ruggero Deodato revolutionized the found footage style of narrative filmmaking with Cannibal Holocaust (1980), the first horror film using this technique

Found footage (film technique)

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Cinematic technique in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings.

Cinematic technique in which all or a substantial part of the work is presented as if it were discovered film or video recordings.

Italian director Ruggero Deodato revolutionized the found footage style of narrative filmmaking with Cannibal Holocaust (1980), the first horror film using this technique
Still from Cannibal Holocaust (1980).

The most common use of the technique is in horror films, such as Cannibal Holocaust, The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, Diary of the Dead, REC, Cloverfield, andTrollhunter, where the footage is purported to be the only surviving record of the events, with the participants now missing or dead.

Ciardi [right] together with Carl Gabriel Yorke [left] in the film Cannibal Holocaust.

Francesca Ciardi

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Italian film actress.

Italian film actress.

Ciardi [right] together with Carl Gabriel Yorke [left] in the film Cannibal Holocaust.

She was one of four actors whom the Italian police believed had been murdered in the making of the 1980 horror film Cannibal Holocaust.

Poster for the silent exploitation film The Road to Ruin (1928)

Exploitation film

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Film that tries to succeed financially by exploiting current trends, niche genres, or lurid content.

Film that tries to succeed financially by exploiting current trends, niche genres, or lurid content.

Poster for the silent exploitation film The Road to Ruin (1928)
Poster for the independent film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971)
Argentine actress Isabel Sarli, one of the biggest stars of the sexploitation genre, in La mujer de mi padre (1968).

The best-known film of this genre is the controversial 1980 Cannibal Holocaust, in which six real animals were killed.

Perry Pirkanen

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American actor.

American actor.

He is best known for starring in the 1980 Italian cannibal film Cannibal Holocaust.

Carl Gabriel Yorke

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American actor.

American actor.

He was one of four actors who the Italian police believed had been murdered in the making of the 1980 horror film, Cannibal Holocaust.