Eli Roth showed Amazonian villagers Cannibal Holocaust, and they thought it was hilarious!

In one of the most delightfully disturbing stories you will read today, director Eli Roth screened 1980's Cannibal Holocaust for 200 Amazonian villagers who had never seen a movie before. While Roth was scouting for locations for his own cannibal-themed movie, The Green Inferno, he found a remote area with "no electricity, no running water, nothing." As a courtesy, he wanted to give the people living there an idea of what he was going to be doing in their backyard, so he showed them Cannibal Holocaust, and "[t]he villagers thought it was the funniest thing they’d ever seen." So, there's your nervous, cannibalism-related giggle of the day, plus a bonus cannibal cop! (via Movieline)


  1. “Wow, we’re shooting in the middle of nowhere but Craft Services always seems to have barbecued ribs for us! This is great!”

  2. They found it funny because it’s an over-the-top movie, or funny because “that’s exactly how it is!”?

    1. In Don’t Sleep There Are Snakes Dan Everett describes his attempt  to translate the Bible into the piraha language.  He made a tape recording of himself reading one of the gospels and the villagers were completely uninterested — except for the part where John the Baptist is decapitated.  Everett relates a typical response: “They cut his head off?  Cool.  Can we listen to that part again?”

      1. When Dallas was a hit on international television, apparently JR was considered a positive character in many countries because he was willing to destroy anyone to enrich his family.

  3. It’s a cultural thing. I have aspergers and to me almost all TV and movies are just silly: pretentious puff. Especially the ones trailed as “hard hitting” and “moving.” 

    1. I don’t have aspergers, but I still think the same things about almost all TV and movies. I think it’s because a lot of it is actually silly and pretentious puff, whether it’s labelled as “hard hitting” or “moving” or not. :)

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