The Long Road Back From Hell: Reclaiming Cannibal Holocaust - The Latest Cine-Excess Documentary
In 1979, Italian director Ruggero Deodato created Cannibal Holocaust, a film that was to revolutionise and scandalise the nature of realist horror cinema. Deodato’s film centres on four intrepid documentary filmmakers who go missing in the Amazonian wilderness, leading to fears that they have been butchered by local ‘savages.’
However, when a famous anthropologist discovers the group’s final filmed diary, a far more shocking tale emerges…
With its complex narrative and innovative use of documentary techniques, Cannibal Holocaust initiated a trend of ‘found footage horror’ that continued through to The Blair Witch Project (1999) and beyond. However, the film’s stylishness was overshadowed by it savage imagery, which led to the movie being banned and heavily censored in many European countries such as the UK.
In 2011, staff at Brunel’s Cine-Excess festival framed the official BBFC submission for the new HD master of Cannibal Holocaust, resulting in a landmark ruling that allows the most complete cut of the film to be nationally released in September of that year.