The Canon 48 | 10/26/15
Cannibal Holocaust
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An expert in chills and thrills, spoOoOky Sam Zimmerman of the On-Demand horror service Shudder joins Devin & Amy to nominate the 1980 Italian cannibal exploitation horror film Cannibal Holocaust on a special Halloween episode of The Canon! It's a story of a missing documentary film crew who had gone to the Amazon to film cannibal tribes. The film was banned in Italy, Australia, and several other countries due to its portrayal of graphic brutality, sexual assault, and violence toward animals. Some nations have since revoked the ban, but the film is still banned in several countries. Tune in if you dare -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote!


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fuzzymcfae
fuzzymcfae
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A yes from me. Brutal but essential. And the score is surprisingly beautiful

bowiecoen
bowiecoen
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I vote a yes, though I don't really think anyone should ever watch this film.

spooky_mike
spooky_mike
2 posts

I vote yes. A disturbing and powerful film. They don't make them like this anymore.

frankcobretti
frankcobretti
1 posts

No. To make the canon, a film needs to be more than just an example of its genre. It need to merit significant study, and Cannibal Holocaust doesn't clear this hurdle.

sixfootthree
sixfootthree
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No. I get the message Deodato is pretending to convey here, and I agree with him about the sensationalist nature of the media (hello reality TV), but he goes about it the wrong way. After the 3rd time he killed a live on animal on screen, it was clear that he made an exploitation film that pretends to have a conscious. The joke is on the viewer who thinks they are watching a film with a true message. There are plenty of great exploitation films out there that are worthy of the Canon, but this isn't one of them.

nhelgren
nhelgren
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I don't listen to these in order or on time so I am late to the party. I have owned this on DVD since back in the days when it was difficult to get. I love watching this moving. I enjoy how breakthrough, and dark, and disturbing it is. That said though, if The Canon is a group of films that <b>everyone</b> must see, and not just a list of great films, then I would have to sign with Amy as a no. This film just isn't for everyone and shouldn't be.

dylanquarles
dylanquarles
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Yes. If anything, CH shows that Italians still love their bloodsport