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Cannibal Holocaust

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A new cut for this infamous video nastie

Cannibal review

Ruggero Deodato’s video nasty poses an ethical dilemma.

A film of two halves – the first showing the search for a documentary crew lost in the Amazon, the second made up of their shocking “found footage” – it’s a confrontational exposé of man’s inhumanity to man (and woman and animal). But it adds to the misery with scenes of unsimulated animal slaughter.

This Blu-ray features two good docs and a director’s cut purporting to solve the issue, but actually dodging it.

Deodato’s re-edit can’t bring the poor animals back, or lessen the film’s extraordinary power.

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