Directed and written by Ruggero Deodato himself.
In 1980, Italian director Ruggero Deodato made cinematic history with the release of Cannibal Holocaust, a film in which a documentary crew goes missing while investigating cannibal tribes in the Amazon rainforest.
The movie – which laid down the foundations of the ‘found footage’ genre which would later be popularized by titles like The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield – was controversial from the moment it was released; following its premiere in Italy, it was ordered to be seized by a local magistrate. Deodato was arrested on obscenity charges, only to later be also charged for murder as it was erroneously believed that several of the on-screen deaths were in fact real (Deodato had made the main stars sign contracts that forbade them from appearing on-screen for a year to reinforce the notion that they were, in fact, missing in the Amazon).
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