Poster for Cannibal Holocaust

Cannibal Holocaust

Director: Ruggero Deodato Run Time: 95 min. Format: 35mm Rating: UR Release Year: 1980

Starring: Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Robert Kerman

Go on a trip of a lifetime with Nitehawk Nasties to see the most controversial film ever made, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (a 35mm presentation).

Italian courts, and the rest of the world, might have found Cannibal Holocaust to be distasteful upon its release but this film-within-a-film ignited what we now know as the found-footage genre. In fact, so convincing was Ruggero Deodato’s faux-documentary about New York anthropologist Professor Harold Monroe’s journey ill-fated journey to South America, that audiences believed what they saw to be fact. Ahead of its flesh-eating time, Cannibal Holocaust is two layered. On the one hand, the film shows Monroe’s recon mission to find out what happened to a missing documentary crew who were filming about primitive cannibal tribes in 1979. Then, there’s the only thing that remains of the crew: their film reels that reveal their shockingly brutal fate. Watch this movie and decide who the real cannibals are.

Part of the 2016 Nitehawk Nasties I EAT CANNIBALS program.