Mondo x Chiller Presents

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST

Director Ruggero Deodato
Year 1979
Starring Robert Kerman, Carl Yorke, Francesca Ciardi, Luca Barbereschi, Salvatore Basile, Perry Pirkanen
Run Time 96min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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The first installment of our new Mondo x Chiller series, this screening celebrates Mondo's vinyl release of the CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST soundtrack.

Considered one of the most notorious films ever released and banned in over 50 countries for many years, Ruggero Deodato’s most brutal film (and surely one of the first ‘found footage’ films) still retains the power to shock to this day, focusing on film reels found in the jungle it charts a team of documentary filmmakers as they go deep into the jungle to find and film the indigenous tribes of the area. Not for the faint hearted, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST does feature real animal killings that are very hard to watch, but for me this isn’t the most shocking aspect of the film. That falls to the various brutalities committed by the so-called ‘civilized westerners’ as they sensationalize their documentary along the way with staged events and become more feral and crazed as the film goes on.

One thing that always stuck out like a sore thumb when viewing CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST was Riz Ortolani’s score, which is beautifully composed,and recorded, offering a mix of traditional orchestration and early synth work. As a stand alone piece of music it’s staggering and I honestly think that if CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST had a more traditional horror score it would be even more uncomfortable to sit through. As it stands, Maestro Ortolani’s score offers some respite from the violence onscreen and the juxtaposition between the sights onscreen and musical soundtrack have in my opinion never been bettered. (Spencer Hickman, Death Waltz Recording Company)

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