Monday, March 10, 2008

Discrediting The Greats of Roth

Here's that damn cover:





"To this immensely overrated filmmaker, horror has nothing to do with scares, or disquieting moods, or the power of suggestion; blood and guts are the end all, be all. No surprise that set photos have caught the director wearing a Cannibal Holocaust t-shirt, as his modus operandi is not unlike that of Ruggero Deodato's infamous shlocker: to repulse audiences with notoriously taboo material (Deodato cameos for good measure.)"

- Nick Schager, Slant Magazine

Later in the pamphlet Eli praises Cannibal Holocaust:

"This film is very, very disturbing, mainly because of the amount of animals that were killed during the making of it. Director Ruggero Deodato defended the film saying that all the animals were eaten, and that this was happening all around them so they incorporated it into the film."

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"What's really inexcusably evil about Cannibal Holocaust is the callous, systematic on-screen animal slaughter. And I don't mean that in the PC/PETA sense, to be easily refuted by misguided appeals to "the needs" of "the artist" to be absolved from "the constrictions" of "morality," usually mounted by hipsters citing Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game. I mean it in the sense that the punctuations of animal snuff throughout the film are used solely as a cheap nausea-prime, a means by which to validate the film's already uncannily realistic human violence and keep the audience's gastric juices at full boil...The film's puke-worthy coup de gross is when the four documentarian punks drag a giant (endangered) turtle out of the river, flip it on its back, hack off its head (you don't really know it's still alive until that point, when it's chubby little legs start flailing wildly), and pry open its shell to reveal the soupy mess inside. In Bill Landis and Michelle Clifford's Sleazoid Express (a vivid and exacting critical appraisal of grindhouse's heyday), the film's star Kerman confirms that Deodato gladly sanctioned the murders."

- Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine

Thanks, Slant, for enunciating some common sense. If Cannibal Holocaust's animal snuff is acceptable in the context of a horror film, then Michael Vick's only error of judgment was not writing a script.

And no, I haven't seen Hostel Part II yet.

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