Because animals deserve better. Maybe we are far to different, but I can’t imagine seeing an animal suffering and being able to enjoy a movie. I’d be upset, not be mention enraged. Those animals experienced those events, they felt them, they felt pain. I don’t think a movie justifies that pain, and eating them doesn’t justify their torture. I think people are far to detached from the reality of these situations. They’re so used to seeing suffering that they can’t tell the real from the fake, even if they understand it to be real.
And regardless, why is everyone saying that these animals would be killed anyway? I’ve read that they killed another spider monkey after the first one because they didn’t get the shots right. How is that justified? Because it would be disturbing in a movie? Are we so materialistic that we will allow some of the most vulnerable creatures on the planet to be tortured and exploited for our entertainment? Shouldn’t beings that consider themselves to be the most advanced creatures on the planet be a little more compassionate to those are considered below us?[/quote]I take it you’ve never been hunting eh? Me personally, I don’t hunt (none of my parentals have ever been into it) but I’ve seen enough deer, rabbits, squirrels, etc. killed and then skinned that this sort of stuff doesn’t leave a very deep mark on me. I’m also not a vegan and am not naive about how my dinner gets to my plate. I’m also not bothered by this, as I feel it’s entirely in our nature to hunt and feed. So, believe me, I can understand where you are coming from and wouldn’t push you on watching this film - I just think those of us who can handle watching this should allow ourselves to be open minded enough to understand the situations behind the film and the various cultures that helped produce the film. If you don’t, you miss out on a highly intriguing statement film that is true uncondensed power put to celluloid.
The monkeys killed in the film were killed in an immediate fashion and I doubt they felt anything. I realize that still doesn’t change the fact that they died, but just to let you know. Their brains are considered a delicacy in many countries including the one that the film was shot in - and they were eaten by members of the crew. So, in that instance it doesn’t seem so incredibly horrible, but that’s just me. I figure, if these guys are living out in the jungle and eating monkey brains on a daily basis - if it contributes to the film and the audience can handle it (as Italian audiences loved looking at primitive cultures back in the late seventies) then I don’t feel a large moral detraction from it. Essentially average happenings caught on camera and the way it’s shot it might as well have been stock footage. The muskrat in the film to me was probably a bit excessive - but only because it was able to vocalize it’s pain. If you’ve ever seen a rabbit killed though, it’s equally as brutal. Smacked over the head + throat slit is the usual way it’s done, but rabbits aren’t so loud. God, what was it, Nekromantik that showed such a death? Far more brutal than anything in Cannibal Holocaust I thought, and it appeared to be stock footage from some farmer.
I’m not saying you in particular should be able to watch this with no problems. Being that eating animals goes against your principals, this would probably offend you in a far worse degree than most - but for those of us who eat meat every day, what happens in the film looks most like a primitive version of what happens in slaughter houses the world over.
I think the reason I feel the way I do is because at it’s heart, Cannibal Holocaust feels like more than just simple exploitation in my view. When I first heard about it… like, eight years ago or something, I thought to myself “that’s sick, I’ll never watch that!”. I really did, and I grew up around squirrels being decapitated and skinned on my front porch. I thought it sounded like a lame excuse for animal torture on merit with pornography. However, eventually after seeing so many other films I had to bite the bullet and let curiosity get the better of me. I was disturbed after my first viewing, no doubt and still wasn’t sold. Then I caught more of Deodato’s other films and I realized his films were of a whole higher level quality than so many of these other films. I’m certainly not saying “no one should be disturbed at this” or even that Deodato is 100% free of using these animals deaths to sell tickets. However, I feel the film has tremendous worth and is an incredible piece that unfortunately is shrouded by it’s own controversy and possibly steers away those who might would find the impact of the film worthwhile. For horror fans out there, I highly recommend it to expand their horizons and to grow as fans. It’s shocking, but not without reason.