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Hostel director Eli Roth presents the uncut version of the notorious cannibal caper from Italian cult filmmaker Umberto Lenzi.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS FILM CONTAINS SCENES OF EXTREME VIOLENCE. VIEWER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED.
I love the Italian cannibal sub-genre from the late seventies and early eighties. The two undisputed maestros of the genre, Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi, battled back and forth to reign supreme as the Cannibal King. I've shown Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust lots of love in the past (Deodato even did a cameo as a cannibal in Hostel: Part II), but I also want to show my appreciation for the great Lenzi and see how grisly and visceral his work looks projected in 35mm. I've never seen this film projected, so for me it will be like seeing it for the first time as it was meant to be seen, in a theatre with an audience full of horror fans, in all its uncut Italian glory. -Eli Roth
Venturing deep into the jungles of the Amazon to prove their thesis that cannibalism doesn't exist, a group of friends encounter two men who have tortured and enslaved a cannibal tribe while searching for emeralds, and are now on the run from the vengeful (and hungry) tribespeople. Taking a cue from the explicit scenes of primitive barbarism in such mainstream fare as A Man Called Horse and Apocalypse Now, cult filmmaker Umberto Lenzi's notorious Cannibal Ferox (also known as Make Them Die Slowly) upped the ante in the way only the Italians can, its ad campaign reading more like a dare than a come-on: "24 scenes of extreme and explicit violence banned in 31 countries." You've been warned!