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Added by Hexenkult on 25 Feb 2008 12:57
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Third World Cannibal Films

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The Main Course

The films listed below are collectively known as "Third World Cannibal Films". They began with Umberto Lenzi's Man from Deep River in 1972, which was basically an Italian version of A Man Called Horse, but substituting a cannibal tribe for the Native Americans in the former film. The scenes of cannibalism in the film were definitely gory for the time but rather brief. However, this early film already included all the ingredients for all subsequent films in the genre throughout the 1980's - gore, nudity, sex, survival, and the added brutality of animal cruelty, which was a deplorable 'shock factor' element lifted from the Italian "mondo films" of the previous decade. All these ingredients would be mixed to shocking perfection with Ruggero Deodato's 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust, arguably the best and definitely the most notorious of the entire sub-genre; followed closely by Umberto Lenzi's Cannibal Ferox (aka Make Them Die Slowly) in 1981. Cannibal Holocaust would prove to be an influential film itself, and is generally considered to be the first film cited in the relatively new sub-genre known as "Found Footage Films".
People who added this item 32 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.5
1972 - Italy - Umberto Lenzi
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People who added this item 53 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6
1977 - Italy - Ruggero Deodato
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1977 - Italy - Joe D'Amato
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1978 - Italy - Sergio Martino
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1978 - Italy - Joe D'Amato
People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 3.5 IMDB Rating 2.9
Primitives (1980)
1978 - Indonesia - Sisworo Gautama Putra
People who added this item 772 Average listal rating (480 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 5.9
1980 - Italy - Ruggero Deodato
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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 5.1 IMDB Rating 5.2
1980 - Italy - Umberto Lenzi
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People who added this item 94 Average listal rating (50 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 5.2
1980 - Italy - Marino Girolami
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People who added this item 69 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 5.6
1980 - Italy - Antonio Margheriti
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People who added this item 22 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 4.1 IMDB Rating 3.3
1980 - Spain - Jesus Franco
1980 - Hong Kong - Tsui Hark
1980 - Spain - Jesus Franco
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 2.9 IMDB Rating 2.3
1980 - France/Spain - Alain Deruelle
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People who added this item 129 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.2
1981 - Italy - Umberto Lenzi
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People who added this item 8 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 3.2 IMDB Rating 2.7
Horror Safari (1982)
1982 - Italy - Alan Birkinshaw
1983 - Spain - Jesus Franco
1983 - Thailand - Hong Lu Wong
People who added this item 26 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.8
1985 - Italy - Ruggero Deodato
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1985 - Italy - Michele Massimo Tarantini
1985 - Mexico - Rene Cardona Jr.
1985 - Italy - Mario Gariazzo
People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 3.3 IMDB Rating 3.8
1988 - Italy - Antonio Climati
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2003 - Italy - Bruno Mattei
People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 2.4 IMDB Rating 3.8
2003 - Italy - Bruno Mattei
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The Appetizers

These films listed below preceded the exploitation cannibal films which began in the 1970's. In some cases, they directly inspired and influenced later filmmakers. A direct line can be drawn from Five Came Back to The Naked Prey to Deodato's Ultimo Mondo Cannibale (aka Jungle Holocaust) and Cannibal Holocaust.
1931 - USA - Edward A. Salisbury
People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
1939 - USA - John Farrow
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People who added this item 4 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 7.1
1954 - USA - Lee Sholem
1956 - USA - John Farrow
(A remake, by the same director, of the previous film Five Came Back)
People who added this item 1 Average listal rating (1 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.2
1956 - USA
(This film is primarily edited together from Gow the Killer)
People who added this item 133 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.4
Mondo Cane (1962)
1962 - Italy - Paolo Cavara/Gualtiero Jacopetti/Franco Prosperi
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1966 - Italy - Gualtiero Jacopetti/Franco Prosperi
People who added this item 46 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
1966 - USA - Cornel Wilde

A list of the "third world cannibal" film subgenre. Titles are listed chronologically.

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