Ballad in Blood (2016)

Ballad in Blood
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Writer: Ruggero Deodato, Jacopo Mazzuoli, Angelo Orlando
Based on: the murder of Meredith Kercher
Cast: Carlotta Morelli, Gabriele Rossi, Edward Williams, Roger Garth, Ernesto Mahieux, Noemi Smorra
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 25.9.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

After spending Halloween night partying, Lenka (Carlotta Morelli), Jacopo (Gabriele Rossi) and Duke (Edward Williams) wake up in Lenka’s apartment to find her roommate Elizabeth (Noemi Smorra). Still in a haze and barely able to piece together the events of the night before, the three of them try to figure out what happened.

Ballad in Blood was modelled after the Meredith Kercher murder, and then reworked so it was far enough from established facts that nobody would get sued. In a case like this one where everything has been unclear and sensationalized, this is already a problematic approach. It’s made worse by the fact that Deodato decided to go with the most misogynistic and sexist version of events possible.

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Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Cannibal Holocaust
Director: Ruggero Deodato
Writer: Gianfranco Clerici
Cast: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi, Carl Gabriel Yorke, Salvatore Basile, Ricardo Fuentes
Part of: Viennale


After a young film crew goes missing in the Amazon where they wanted to do a documentary about the native tribes, anthropologist Harold Monroe (Robert Kerman) goes after them to find out what happened to them – and whether the rumors about the natives being bloodthirsty cannibals are actually true. But when he finds the film material they shot, it defies all expectations.

Cannibal Holocaust is a movie like a punch to the guts. I had difficulties sitting through it because its violence is just so realistic. Which is exactly what makes it so damn good.

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