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Cannibal Holocaust (1980) is a controversial exploitation horror film directed by Ruggero Deodato, telling the tale of four documentarians who journey deep into the Amazon rainforest to film the indigenous tribes. When they fail to return, anthropologist Harold Monroe leads a second expedition to rescue the first group. He ultimately finds their lost cans of film, through which he learns of both what the filmmakers got up to during filming, and their grisly fate.Controversy followed this infamous "video nasty''; after its premiere in Italy, the film was seized and Deodato arrested on obscenity charges. He was later accused of making a snuff film due to rumors that actors were killed on camera. While he was cleared on all charges, the film was banned in Italy, the UK, Australia (where it was eventually passed uncut), and several other countries due to its graphic depiction of gore, sexual violence, and the inclusion of six genuine animal deaths.In 1981 a rip-off was made by Umberto Lenzi called Cannibal Ferox.
Played straight, to a degree, with the Yanomamo. They're a tribe of cannibals and warriors... and they sequester the film crew's film cans in a distant part of their village because they think it bears evil magic.
Forever War: The Yanomamo and the Shamatari, the Tree People and the Swamp People respectively. These tribes have been going since the dawn of time and are still locked in a fierce war of rape, murder, and cannibalism.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One of the more famous images from the film shows a native girl impaled lengthwise so the point of the stake comes out her mouth. No points for guessing where it went in.
Averted twice, in that the scene where they cut off a monkey's face with a machete was actually shot twice. You read that right.
A coatimundi (mistaken as a muskrat in the film) has its jugular veins cut open by Miguel.
A large turtle (about three feet long) is captured in the water and dragged to shore, where it is then decapitated and its limbs, shell, and entrails are removed. The turtle is then cooked and eaten.
A large spider and a snake are killed with machete.
A pig is kicked twice and then shot.
Noble Savage: While not exactly the prime example of this trope, the natives are certainly not evil. They allow the search party to look for the film crew and as soon as they follow the rules and show respect to the tribe, they're welcome and accepted. The only reason they killed and ate the film crew was because they killed many of their tribesmen and raped one of their women.
Rape and Revenge: While the film crew had done plenty of ugly things to the natives, the Yanomamo tribe finally set out to kill the filmmakers when one of their women is gang-raped by the crew, leading to one of the most horrific revenge scenes ever filmed.
Rape, Pillage, and Burn: The film crew burning down the Yacumo village to stage a scene for their documentary. In fact, all of the film crew's actions; in a literal way, they managed to score each of the three.