Ranking The Banned Cannibal Films

Cannibalism. One of the most infamous and vile taboos in the world. Whenever we hear or see a story in the news which includes cannibalism, we are repulsed, but also intrigued. Generally, we may be disgusted, but that does not mean we are not interested in the story behind the horror. For example, the story of German cannibal Armin Meiwes was incredibly shocking but very interesting. So, with this in mind, here is the rating of the banned cannibal films.

8 – Cannibal Apocalypse

After watching this, it is no surprise that lead actor John Saxon has tried all he can to forget the film was ever made. For a man who starred in such classics as Enter The Dragon and the original Nightmare On Elm Street to star in this garbage is embarrassing. The story idea is kind of interesting, about a group of Vietnam vets who come home from the war craving flesh, but it is so bad in almost every other department that it makes watching the film a painful slog.

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7 – The Cannibal Man

Putting this film on the list could be debated because, despite the title, no cannibalism occurs whatsoever in the film. The plot focuses on a young man, who is a butcher. He accidentally kills someone and to avoid being caught, he must kill more people, which causes him to slowly descend into madness. This Spanish film actually contains a half decent performance from lead actor Vincent Parra, but the rest of the movie is forgettable and as mentioned, is NOT a cannibal film.

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6 – Devil  Hunter

This one is pretty dull. It is also trash, plain and simple. Now, a lot of the trash can be entertaining in some ways, but most of the time it is just trash. Focusing on a Vietnam vet who travels to an island to rescue  a model, this is not a good movie. Yeah, it is filled with gore and nudity, but considering the quality of some of the later films on this list, this is one to avoid.

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5 – Cannibal Terror

This one was released towards the end of the cannibal craze and to anyone who has seen more cannibal films that are not on this list, it may seem familiar. That is because loads of the footage in the film was used in a different cannibal film, called Cannibal World. The plot here is that two failed kidnappers hide out in a friend’s house, do some horrible stuff to a woman and are then eaten by a cannibal tribe. Yawn.

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4 – Prisoner Of The Cannibal God

Starring Ursula Andress, who is most famous for being the Bond girl in original 007 film Dr. No, Prisoner Of The Cannibal God is about a woman who treks into the deepest jungles of New Guinea to find her missing husband. That is the reason to travel into the wilds and encounter the flesh eaters once again. This film is not too bad. It is not amazing, but it is OK. This one might be worth a watch if you are a fan of the genre.

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3 – Cannibal Ferox

Now we are getting into the better films. Cannibal Ferox is seen as one of the two most notorious cannibal films to ever be released. The plot follows three people who are attempting to prove that cannibalism is a myth. On their travels, they find evidence to the contrary. With Ferox, its most distressing scenes are those which contain real animal torture. But, if you can stomach them, or can find one of the more cut versions which removes these scenes, this is one to recommend.

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2 – Deep River Savages

In the silver medal position, Deep River Savages, also known as Man From Deep River, was directed by Umberto Lenzi, the same director as Cannibal Ferox. The plot is simple and once again uses the same person goes to jungle plot, but how else would these films work? It is a simple idea but the film is really good, with some very strong performances. The reason for banning is once again animal cruelty, but as all versions available now seem to have removed these scenes, this is one definitely worth watching.

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1 – Cannibal Holocaust

Here it is. The daddy. The king of the cannibal genre, and quite frankly, how could top spot on this list be anything else? This is the film that pretty much created the found footage genre long before The Blair Witch Project. It featured revolutionary special effects and is still receiving homages to this day, with a recent example being the last season of popular TV show American Horror Story.  Whether you see this as nothing more than gore-filled exploitation or an intelligent social commentary, this is one you definitely need to see. This film is genre-defining.

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