‘Cannibal Holocaust’ Director Was 83 – The Hollywood Reporter

Italian director Ruggero Deodato is behind the 1980 horror and controversial film Cannibal massacreDied Thursday in Rome, The Il messaggero The newspaper reported. He is 83 years old.

Produced in documentary style and filmed in Colombia, Cannibal massacre It stars Robert Kerman and uses “found footage” taken by a sadistic American film crew during an expedition into the Amazon jungle to track down indigenous tribes.

It depicted murder, mutilation, torture, gang rape and animal slaughter and was banned in several countries, including Deodato, whose film was seized by Italian authorities and the prints destroyed shortly after it hit cinemas.

Deodato was tried and sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering the actors, but he brought the presumed dead to court and the charges were dropped (the actors had signed agreements to disappear for a year). However, obscenity was fined.

Deodato did Cannibal massacre In response to sensational news reports about terrorism that appeared on Italian television at the time. And in a 2011 interview the watchmanHe defended the scenes of animal cruelty.

“In my youth, growing up, I spent a lot of time in the country close to animals and therefore often saw the moment of their death,” he said. “The death of animals, however unbearable – especially in today’s urban mentality – always occurs in story and in reality in order to feed the film’s characters or crew.”

he said The Telegraph In November “All the animals were eaten. They didn’t just die for the picture.

Deodato cameo as a cannibal in Eli Roths Hostel Part II (2007), and used the American Horrmeister Cannibal massacre As inspiration for his own film Cannibals, Green Inferno (2013)

Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone have also cited him as an influence.

Born on May 7, 1939 in Potenza, Italy, Deodato worked as an assistant director to Roberto Rossellini. Il General della Rovere (1959) and Escape the night (1960) and for Sergio Corbucci in Spaghetti Westerns Django And Ringo and his golden pistolBoth were released in 1966.

He made his directorial debut Hercules, the wicked prisoner (1964)

His resume is also included Live like a cop, die like a man (1976), Jungle Massacre (1977), A house on the edge of a park (1980), Body count (1986), barbarians (1987), washing machine (1993) and Deathsember (2019)

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