Ruggero Deodato, Director of the Notorious Horror Film ‘Cannibal Holocaust,’ Dies at 83
Ruggero Deodato is the Italian director responsible for the controversial 1980 film. Cannibal Holocaust, died Thursday, in Rome, the Il Messaggero newspaper reported. He was 83.
Filmed in Colombia in documentary style. Cannibal Holocaust Robert Kerman starred in the film, which used purported “found footage” that was taken by a sadistic American crew during an expedition into Amazon jungle to find indigenous tribes.
It featured murder, mutilation and torture and was banned in many countries, including Deodato’s. The film was confiscated by the Italian authorities and destroyed shortly after it hit theaters.
Deodato was tried for murdering actors. He faced 30 years imprisonment, but he presented the supposedly dead men to court and the charges were dropped. The actors had signed contracts to disappear for one year. However, he was fined for obscenity.
Deodato stated that he made Cannibal Holocaust In response to sensational news reports on terrorism that were being shown on Italian television at the moment. In a 2011 interview, he also spoke out about the terrorist attacks in Italy. The GuardianHe defended scenes of animal cruelty.
He said that he spent a lot time in the country as a child, and witnessed the moment of their deaths. “The death of animals, even though it is unbearable, especially in an urban setting, was necessary to feed the characters or crew in the film, both in reality and in the story.”
He said The Telegraph November saw the “eating of all the animals”. They weren’t just killed for the film.
Deodato got a cameo as a cannibal in Eli Roth‘s Hostel Part II (2007) and the American horrormeister Cannibal Holocaust As inspiration for his own film about cannibals, The Green Inferno (2013).
Deodato was born in Potenza, Italy on May 7, 1939. He worked as an assistant director at Roberto Rossellini. Il Generale Della Rovere (1959) Escape by Night (1960) and Sergio Corbucci’s spaghetti Westerns Django And Ringo and his Golden PistolBoth were released in 1966.
He made his directorial debut on Hercules, Prisoner for Evil (1964).
His resume also included Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976), Jungle Holocaust (1977), The House on the Edge of the Park (1980), Body Count (1986), The Barbarians (1987), The Washing Machine (1993) Deathcember (2019).