Cannibal Holocaust Gets A Remake!

Cannibal Holocaust Gets A Remake!

SirDeuce's picture

Film Junk article

First it was Faces of Death, and now it looks like the infamous Cannibal Holocaust will be the next gratuitous, exploitative horror flick to get in line for the remake treatment. A company called Relevant Entertainment has obtained the rights, and the movie will be produced by Steve Whitney (who also co-executive produced The Amityville Horror remake). Weve mentioned the original Cannibal Holocaust a bunch of times here on Film Junk, and it is probably the most disturbing film IÆve seen to date. Italian director Ruggero Deodato shot real animal deaths in the film, along with scenes that include a brutal rape, a human fetus being destroyed, and a penis being torn off. Deodata even spent time in jail because the documentary style was so realistic that people thought the actors involved had actually died. Sounds like it should fit in nicely alongside upcoming remakes like Day of the Dead and Near Dark, right? Uhhà yeah.

While IÆm sure thereÆs an interesting concept that can be pulled from the original somewhere, I donÆt really see the point of doing a movie like this without all the gruesome imagery and gritty low budget style. I mean, isnÆt that the only point it was made in the first place? IÆd hesitate to even call the original a horror movie since itÆs not really scaryà just repulsive. On the other hand, people still love cannibals just as much now as they did back in the 80Æs, so why not? Production on the remake is expected to start sometime this summer.

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destroyer3's picture

Should be great with movie technology now.

I also hear that Deodato is working on Cannibal Holocaust 2.

sickness's picture

THEY CAN'T TOP THE ORIGINAL.THEY KILLED REAL ANIMALS AND THE DIRECTOR WAS ACTUALLY ARRESTED BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT HE KILLED PEOPLE. THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO MAKE A MOVIE AS GRAPHIC OR REALISTIC AS THE ORIGINAL I THINK THEY SHOULD JUST LEAVE IT ALONE.

SheriMoonLover's picture

I totally agree, a complete waste of time trying to remake this one. Just let the classics be...

Adrian Brattelli's picture

i have to admitt.... it does have my attention....

JTK69's picture

quote:
i have to admitt.... it does have my attention....

Until you see it and become pissed off !

PaliAzzar's picture

First of all, I haven't seen the original. But my point has to do with all remakes. Yes, they are frowned upon. Name one that's been done and is good. I think the reason for making one is a love for the original.

If you've ever played a musical instrument, you know in the early stages you'll hear a song on the radio and you want to play it! Why? Because you like it! In essence, you are doing a remake. You'll try to get the same sound the original has, too. Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you don't.

I know being in your basement playing along with records (Records? I just dated myself ) is not quite the same as having a film distributed worldwide in thousands of theaters.

In short, I do not like the idea of remakes, but I understand the reason behind them.

sickness's picture

quote:
First of all, I haven't seen the original. But my point has to do with all remakes. Yes, they are frowned upon. Name one that's been done and is good. I think the reson for making one is a love for the original.

If you've ever played a musical instrument, you know in the early stages you'll hear a song on the radio and you want to play it! Why? Because you like it! In essence, you are doing a remake. You'll try to get the same sound the original has, too. Sometimes you succeed, sometimes you don't.

I know being in your basement playing along with records (Records? I just dated myself ) is not quite the same as having a film distributed worldwide in thousands of theaters.

In short, I do not like the idea of remakes, but I understand the reason behind them.

I'M GONNA HAVE TO DISAGREE I THINK THE REASON FOR ALL THESES REMAKES SEQUELS AND PREQUELS IS THAT HOLLYWOOD HAS RUN OUT OF IDEAS AND THEY'RE JUST TRYING TO MAKE MONEY.

kell's picture

I have to disagree with SirDuece on a few points- First, I guess I'm disagreeing with almost everyone because I don't find this film all that disturbing. When people say it's disturbing they always talk about the real animal killings first. Okay, that's gross and something ya don't see every day, but how far do we stand from the meat we eat. I mean you hunt something, you kill something you eat it, first you tear the shit out of it right. Hell, even gutting a fish is pretty disgusting. I guess my opinion of the animal killings is that they were shocking more then disturbing. The turtle killing made me flich a little, but left little lasting strain on my psyche. I've seen films from slaughter houses, that's fas more disturbing. The rape scenes are what everyone talks about next, well the rapists certaily overpower their victims, but the force they use doesn't take the form of outright aggression, the victims aren't severely beaten by their attackers -as is common to to so many real world rapes. Combining sexual force and outright physical violence is far more disturbing. The rape scenes in Cannibal Holocaust look more like -okay, we'll cover you in mud, you roll around and scream, and we'll roll on top of you. Again, it didn't disturb me much.

The scene that really did disturb me from the film was when the "film-makers" rounded up all the natives in a hut and set it on fire. Seeing the natives through the fire rang an echo with all the little genocides that mankind has perpetuated against itself through the years.

I also disagree with SirDuece about the elements of horror being hard to find in Deodato's work. Modern society is corrupt in the film-makers behaviors and the insistance of academia in the work being valuble even when the know the film was staged by using cruelty to get a response. The native are corrupt due to intertribal rape, and burying the fetus. The horror is in the implication that human nature itself is corrupt and perhaps irrideemible. I think the best horror reveals a darker side of human nature and that's what Deodato is seems to be striving to do with this film.

kell's picture

All that being said, I think I half agree with with SirDuece and totally agree with sickness, "they won't be able to make this movie as graphic or realistic as the original" so they should leave it alone. I have my problems with the movie, both in aspects of it's filming and elements of the script itself. I thought it should have been harsher then it was. Perhaps it was a good thing for Deodato that it wasn't. But, taking out the animal killings, or even more so taking out the rape (rape aint all that common in mainstream horror) would water it down to the point of being an absurd mockery of the orginal.

The animal killing created a thematic thread and commonality between the people of modern society and the primitives. You are what you eat and this film plays with that concept in more ways then one.

kell's picture

One last thing, I agree with sickness that the flood of remakes comes from a Hollwould that has ran out of ideas. It so much simplier for those who run the wonderful world of entertainment to keep trying to copy past successes then it is for them to accept the risky venture of trying something new. The keep hittin the tap till the keg runs dry.

That being said, I have to disagree with terrornights, I don't think that idea of remakes should totally be thrown out like moldy bread. Some remakes have been very good John Carpenter's version of The Thing, The Blob, and The Hills Have Eyes are some things that come to mind. A remake idea has to be evaluated on it's own merits. Something like Prom Night was fucking hopeless as an original and should never be remade. Something like Cannibal Holocaust shouldn't be remade because it will never dare to cross the boundaries it's predecessor did.

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