Cannibal Holocaust

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database


Main Details

  • Released in 1980
  • Color
  • Running Time: 95 min | USA: 90 min (animal cruelty-free version) | Canada: 86 min (Québec) | UK: 89 min (heavily cut)
  • Production Co: F.D. Cinematografica
  • Distribution Co: United Artists (1980) (Italy) (theatrical) | Transcontinental (1985) (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed)
  • Directed by Ruggero Deodato
  • Written by Gianfranco Clerici
  • Starring Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi, Salvatore Basile, Ricardo Fuentes
  • Produced by Franco Di Nunzio, Franco Palaggi
  • Original Music by Riz Ortolani
  • Cinematography by Sergio D'Offizi
  • Film Editing by Vincenzo Tomassi

Also Known As

  • Cannibal holocausto (Argentina) (video title) / Venezuela
  • Ad kannibalov (Russia)
  • Holocausto caníbal (Spain)
  • Kannibaalien polttouhrit (Finland) (censored version)
  • Kannibal massakren (Denmark)
  • Nackt und zerfleischt (Germany)
  • Nadzy i rozszarpani (Poland)
  • To Olokaftoma ton kannivalon (Greece)
  • Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust (USA) (complete title)


  • Ripout! Barbeque! Devour! How long can you take it? | They eat and they are eaten! | The most controversial movie of all-time | The most savage and brutal film in modern history | Can a movie go too far? | The most controversial movie ever made. | Better to rest in peace in the warm body of a friend than in the cold ground | The men you will see eaten alive, are the same who filmed these incredible sequences | Don't turn away! Look at it! These are men, men like you! | The one that goes all the way! | You won't believe that what you're seeing could have happened! | Cruel * Barbaric * Authentic | The film they did not want you to see! | This is not an imitation, this is the original, the one that goes all the way | In 1979 four documentary filmmakers disappeared in the jungles of South America while shooting a film about cannibalism... Six months later, their footage was found | The film that can't be shown on television (France re-release) | Welcome to the jungle | Those who filmed it were devoured alive by cannibals! | Savage! * Terrifying! * True! | Eaten Alive! The Ultimate Terror Movie | The most grueling film ever made. | The mother of all cannibal films.


  • The film was inspired by the Mondo films of Gualtiero Jacopetti and Italian media coverage of Red Brigade terrorism. The coverage included news reports Deodato believed to be staged, an idea which became an integral aspect of the film's story. Cannibal Holocaust was filmed primarily in the Amazon Rainforest with real indigenous tribes interacting with American and Italian actors. (Wikipedia)
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