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.
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.