First it was Faces of Death, and now it looks like the infamous Cannibal Holocaust will be the next gratuitious, exploitative horror flick to get in line for the remake treatment. A company called Relevant Entertainment has obtained the rights, and the movie will be produced by Steve Whitney (who also co-executive produced The Amityville Horror remake). We’ve mentioned the original Cannibal Holocaust a bunch of times here on Film Junk, and it is probably the most disturbing film I’ve seen to date. Italian director Ruggero Deodato shot real animal deaths in the film, along with scenes that include a brutal rape, a human fetus being destroyed, and a penis being torn off. Deodata even spent time in jail because the documentary style was so realistic that people thought the actors involved had actually died. Sounds like it should fit in nicely alongside upcoming remakes like Day of the Dead and Near Dark, right? Uhh… yeah.
While I’m sure there’s an interesting concept that can be pulled from the original somewhere, I don’t really see the point of doing a movie like this without all the gruesome imagery and gritty low budget style. I mean, isn’t that the only point it was made in the first place? I’d hesitate to even call the original a horror movie since it’s not really scary… just repulsive. On the other hand, people still love cannibals just as much now as they did back in the 80’s, so why not? Production on the remake is expected to start sometime this summer.» Related Link: Variety