Ruggero Deodato at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
Ciardi [right] together with Carl Gabriel Yorke [left] in the film Cannibal Holocaust.

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

- Francesca Ciardi

The film was shot in the Amazon Rainforest for a budget of about $100,000, and starred Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, and Carl Gabriel Yorke.

- Ruggero Deodato
Ruggero Deodato at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

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Italian theatrical release poster

Cannibal Holocaust

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Italian theatrical release poster
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.

Played by Carl Gabriel Yorke, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, and Luca Barbareschi, the crew had gone missing while filming a documentary on local cannibal tribes.