Often regarded as “the most controversial movie ever made”, Ruggero Deodato’s 1980 cult classic Cannibal Holocaust has been brought back to life with a stunning new poster created by Randy Ortiz. I don’t love the film, but man do I really dig this poster; it’s absolutely gorgeous and easily one of my favorite pieces from Ortiz to date.
With his art, Ortiz wanted to capture the fundamental idea behind Deodato’s controversial cannibal film:
A ﬁlm crew fabricating a village slaughter who end up paying the ultimate price is something I wanted to capture in my poster as opposed to doing a rendition of the straight forward “impaled girl” that the ﬁlm is most known for. I feel going this route pays tribute to the more underlying story Ruggero Deodato wanted to convey to his audience.
Cannibal Holocaust innovated the found footage style of narrative ﬁlm making and is known for its graphic violence that sparked a great deal of controversy. In fact, after the film’s premiere, Deodato was arrested on obscenity charges. He was later charged with making a snuff film because of the rumors claiming some actors were actually killed on camera—which isn’t hard to believe because even to this day the film as an unsettling realness to it that is absolutely jarring.
He was later cleared of all charges but the damage was already done as the film was banned in several countries due to its disturbing portrayal of graphic brutality, sexual assault, and animal violence. It’s one of the hardest films that I’ve ever had to sit through, so for that I’d say it did its job.
Ortiz’s print will be the ﬁrst release for Grey Matter Art, a new ofﬁcially licensed poster company who are based out of New York. It will go on sale Tuesday, April 8th at a random time between 1:00-2:00PM EST. Get more info here.