Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Cannibal Holocaust (Deodata 1980)

This episode we found a copy of the uncensored, undedited version of the classic Cannibal Holocaust. With a reputation for gore and publicity, this film sparked an intensely intellectual discussion of representation, ethics, realism, and meta-commentary in films.


TOPIC INDEX – Cannibal Holocaust (Deodato 1980) (times are approximate) 

0:00 – Introductions
2:30 – Related episodes for context:

I Spit on Your Grave (Zarchi 1978)
I Spit on Your Grave (Monroe 2010)
The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (Six 2011)

3:27 – Spoilers
4:20 – Film discussion begins
8:16 – Laura’s meta-meta critique of a meta film
11:26 – Comparison to Midsommar (Aster 2019)
How can you address and represent an exploitative or explore a problematic topic
How can you comment on what you are representing when you are representing it?
18:46 – Justifying killing animals on screen
22:24 – Could a film be made that would accomplish this?
23:48 – Depictions of sexual assault
33:44 – Comparisons to The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (Six 2011)
35:20 – The Collective Nightmares ratio
36:05 – Meta-film commentary on itself
42:51 – Comparison to Midsommar
50:23 – Laura grades the film
56:26 – Marshall argues for additional points
56:37 – Sociology moment – film structure and ethnocentrism
1:02:12 – Animals, actors, and ethics, oh my!
1:08:31 – Killing geese in Denver City Park
1:09:00 – The ethics of film production

Related Episodes

This was another film that involved rape-revenge. We have done a series of episodes about this sub-genre. Other episodes include:

Midsommar (Aster 2019) (Coming soon!)
I Spit on Your Grave (Zarchi 1978)
I Spit on Your Grave (Monroe 2010)
The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence (Six 2011)

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