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Archive for May 7, 2011

Ruggero Deodato

Ruggero Deodato the controversial Italian Director was born today in 1939. In the ’60s, he directed some comedy, musical, and thriller films, before leaving cinema to do TV commercials. In 1976 he returned to the big screen with his ultra-violent police flick ‘Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man’. In 1977 he directed a jungle adventure called ‘Jungle Holocaust’, then in late 1979 he released the movie that he will forever be associated with, the ultra-gory ‘Cannibal Holocaust’. With its release Deodato created massive controversy in both Italy and the UK which was wrongly claimed by some to be a ‘snuff film’ due to the overly realistic gore effects. Deodato was forced to reveal the secrets behind the film’s effects and to parade the lead actors before an Italian Court to prove that they were still alive. Deodato also received condemnation, rightly so, for the use of real animal torture in his films. He then released his 1980 thriller ‘House on the Edge of the Park’, which was the most censored of the video nasties in the UK for its graphic violence. In the ’80s he made some other slasher/horror films, including ‘Phantom of Death’, ‘Dial Help’ and ‘Body Count’. In the ’90s he turned to TV movies and dramas with some success. Recently, he made a cameo appearance in Eli Roth’s Hostel: Part 2 as a cannibal feasting on his victim’s leg. Happy birthday you sick bastard.