Shawn and NGL are back discussing some of the most controversial movies of all time. This time it’s a double whammy, of Cannibal Holocaust (1980) and Cannibal Ferox (1981) also known as Make Them Die Slowly.
Both movies are incredibly controversial. They feature all the taboos, from the killing of animals, through castration, to eating a brain while the victim is alive. Basically fun for all the family.
The director of Cannibal Holocaust, Ruggero Deodato, was actually arrested and taken to court as they thought he had actually filmed some of the actors’ deaths. It was made in 1980, so it is very impressive that the practical effects fooled the authorities.
Cannibal Ferox was released uncut on video in the United Kingdom circa 1982 by Replay, but the film’s transgressive imagery and scenes of real animal torture and slaughter resulted in the film promptly being targetted under the Obscene Publications Act, as a result of the “Video Nasties” moral panic.
The full version of the movie was finally released in 2018. In Australia, where it was released as Woman from Deep River, the film also faced censorship issues, being given numerous censored releases.
Which one of the movies is worst, or better, depending on your viewpoint?