Ruggero Deodato at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
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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)

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

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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.

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Ruggero Deodato at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

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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).

In the 1980s, he starred in several Italian horror films, including Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust, and Umberto Lenzi's cannibal films Mangiati Vivi and Cannibal Ferox.

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.

The film was considered so realistic, that shortly after the film was released, its director Ruggero Deodato was arrested for murder.

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Ultimo mondo cannibale

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Ultimo mondo cannibale (English: Last Cannibal World; also known as Cannibal, Jungle Holocaust and The Last Survivor) is a 1977 Italian cannibal exploitation film directed by Ruggero Deodato.

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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The House on the Edge of the Park (La casa sperduta nel parco) is a 1980 English-language Italian exploitation horror film written by Gianfranco Clerici and Vincenzo Mannino, and directed by Ruggero Deodato.

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

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The Blair Witch Project

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1999 American supernatural horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez.

1999 American supernatural horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez.

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Joshua Leonard played a fictionalized version of himself in the film.
A missing person poster showing Heather Donahue (left), Joshua Leonard (middle), and Michael C. Williams (right) as part of the film's marketing campaign tactic to portray its events as real

Some critics have also noted that the film's basic plot premise and narrative style are strikingly similar to Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and The Last Broadcast (1998).

Although Cannibal Holocaust director Ruggero Deodato has acknowledged the similarities of The Blair Witch Project to his film, he criticized the publicity that it received for being an original production; advertisements for The Blair Witch Project also promoted the idea that the footage is genuine.

Scene from Cannibal Holocaust

Snuff film

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Genre of video that purports to show scenes of actual homicide.

Genre of video that purports to show scenes of actual homicide.

Scene from Cannibal Holocaust

The Italian director Ruggero Deodato was charged after rumors that the depictions of the killing of the main actors in his film Cannibal Holocaust (1980) were real.