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Calum Waddell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325116

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325116.001.0001

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Spectres of War in Cannibal Holocaust

Spectres of War in Cannibal Holocaust

(p.49) Chapter 2: Spectres of War in Cannibal Holocaust
Cannibal Holocaust

Calum Waddell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter talks about Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust as the first of the Italian flesh-eating films since Man from Deep River that was shot in the same area of Leticia, Columbia in which its story is set. It mentions Cannibal Ferox, a film that drew on cocaine trafficking and was inspired by the actual narcotics trade within Colombia and specifically Leticia's role as a trading port. It also examines the US theatrical poster for Cannibal Holocaust, which boasted that the production was actually filmed in the Amazon jungles. The chapter analyzes the use of a legitimate location with illegitimate representations of their inhabitants that allowed Cannibal Holocaust to ground its own fake-documentary in a neorealist sense. It discusses how Cannibal Holocaust touches on thematic ideas that would have been better suited to a Southeast Asian locale.

Keywords:   Ruggero Deodato, Cannibal Holocaust, Italian flesh-eating films, narcotics trade, Leticia, neorealist sense

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