May be we all haven’t seen a Cannibal movie in a long time; our movies have much better things to deal with these days I guess. But the 70’s saw the boom of a new genre, Cannibal Movies which were known for its violent storylines, cannibalistic acts, rapes, brutal tortures and animal cruelty.
Cannibal movies were a genre that has been inspired from Mondo Films which were known for its depiction of Taboo topics, Alternative but primitive cultures and such shocking practices like cannibalism hence interestingly known as Shockumentary too. These movies were always panned by the critics for its cliché storylines and heavy dosage of violence but many of them were able to be on the limelight as well.
Of course, almost everyone might have heard about Cannibal Holocaust that is the kind of notoriety the movie enjoys ever since its release. This is one of the most celebrated cannibal movie. The movie tells us the story of a documentary crew, went missing in Amazon while in search of cannibal tribes and an anthropologist who follows to find the crew. Cannibal holocaust became infamous for on-screen killing of animals and featuring various violent levels of human torture. One could not easily and peacefully sit through this movie for sure.
Cannibal Holocaust was a sequel to 1977 movie Jungle Holocaust or Ultimo Mondo Cannibale directed by Ruggero Deodato.
Cannibal Holocaust at the time of its release was banned and the director, Ruggero Deodato was arrested and charged on obscenity and sexual violence shown in the movie. From humans to turtles they kill and eat anything and everything in the movie, so watch at your own risk.
The 1999 thriller Ravenous is mystery thriller fiction about people practising cannibalism so as to cure their diseases and procure the diseased person’s powers. Set in the late 1840’s it tells the story of Lieutenant Boyd who gets exiled to an almost isolated Fort Spencer. There he meets a strange person who tells Boyd the story of a man who eats humans to gain their strengths and who eventually became a monster who thrives upon human flesh.
Ravenous shows gore on a minimal basis when compared to its predecessors but serves the same theme of cannibalism. Ravenous didn’t get much praise from the critics at the time of its release and had an average run at the box office. But still the movie does have a very big cult fan following.
Live alligator skinning, cannibalism, rapes, massive violence and nudity, Jungle Holocaust has all the good rights to be the prequel of Cannibal Holocaust. First installment of the trilogy by Ruggero Deodato, the movie was an inspiration to the boom of cannibal movies.
The movie like its predecessors was in the limelight for all the wrong reasons and was a great controversy at the time of its release. The makers claim that it is based on true events where a man tries to escape from a group of cannibal tribes. Comparatively the movie is less violent than the two other parts of the trilogy but interestingly remains as the keen inspiration for the predecessors. Besides the brutal content , the film got into a major controversy for the excessive nudity shown in it.
The mother of all cannibal movies, inspiration to the cannibal classics by Ruggero Deodato, first of its kind cinema which contributed to the beginning of the cannibal boom in the seventies, accolades for Man from the Deep River is never-ending.
Released in 1972 the Italian movie was notoriously known for its gore, bloodshed, nudity and barbarism on-screen for the first time. It was majorly inspired from Mondo Cinemas and an American movie called A Man Called Horse.
The rain forest sets, cannibal tribes, taboo practices and beliefs which the whole genre of cannibal movies follow got its origin from nothing but Man from the Deep River and stands as an icon for the genre. The movie was banned by several countries but the audience celebrated the sordid picture, wherever it was released and it managed to be a success at the box office.
Ever heard of Alfred Packer who was accused of cannibalism? Cannibal The Musical is a black comedy loosely based on the events that made Alfred Packer infamous for his cannibalistic acts. He was accused of slaughtering his five fellow companions and eating them so as to keep alive on their journey from Utah to Colorado.
Cannibal The Musical was directed by Trey Parker who later became famous for South Park and was released in 1993. The movie was a musical and the songs were all composed by Parker himself. Moreover Parker was just a student when he directed Cannibal The Musical .He created a legacy and an inspiration for many collages and their students to produce other version of Cannibal The Musical. Even though it’s based on cannibalism unlike the majority of its genre the movie contains less graphic violence and gore.
6. Wrong Turn 1
Most of us are familiar with the Wrong Turn series which is known for its high graphic gore. Wrong Turn (I) was released in 2003 and is the least violent film of the series with no sex and nudity. Still as the movie is about people chased by cannibal mountain men it does share its cup of gore and violence.
Wrong Turn was inspired from the late seventies and early eighties violent slash horror flicks. The backdrops of these old movies were changed into new identifiable environments and the ancient cannibal tribes were replaced with mutant cannibal mountain men. The story is set in an isolated forest in West Virginia, where several people are chased and hunted down by mountain men who thrives on human flesh.
These movies were criticized for its weak story content but became a five-part franchise in home release due its wide acceptance among people. All the other parts in the series are prequels to Wrong Turn (I).