Shameless to release Cannibal Holocaust with only 14 seconds cut
15th Apr 11
Keen readers may have noticed we leaked this info over a week ago now, and quickly pulled the story out of respect for Shameless Films, who quite rightly wanted to break the news first. But now the news has broken, it's time to add our tuppence.
Yes, the film which inspired all those other 'found footage' movies (you know who you are Blair Witch Project) is finally getting a UK release with only 14 seconds cut. And the cut is literally one sequence cut in its entirety - it's the scene where the muskrat is spiked through the head with a knife.
In conversation, Deodato has advised Shameless that, in his
mind, the muskrat scene was the only animal-killing in the film
where the animal was sacrificed, all of the other animals were
eaten as was normal practice in that part of the world.
The BBFC feels that all previous cuts to the scenes of sexual
violence can now be waived as the scenes in question are horrifying
and repugnant, and clearly not designed to eroticise or promote
As for the other animal cruelty scenes (the
turtle, monkey and pig), the BBFC’s view is that these killings
were quick, clean and humane and therefore do not contravene BBFC
Shameless has now decided to release not one, but two versions
of the film!
This means that the Shameless release will feature
this longest ever UK version and Deodato’s 21st Century Edit, which
will see the animal cruelty toned down. As a result, Deodato’s
version will contain less animal cruelty than the BBFC classified
The boat is out as to whether this means the UK version will become the definitive edition, what with the US version having a splendid 60 minute doc and the German Red Edition coming in a double set with The Beyond (why is anyone's guess), but it's great to see this classic finally available over here. And on blu-ray, no less.