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)

10 Responses to “Eli Roth showed Amazonian villagers Cannibal Holocaust, and they thought it was hilarious!”

  1. Ian Wood says:

    I guess Paolo Bacigalupi was correct.

    Odd.

  2. Robert Cruickshank says:

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

  3. MollyMaguire says:

    I seem to be more disturbed by the fact that Eli is wearing a t-shirt with his name on it.

  4. Øyvind says:

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

    • wysinwyg says:

      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?”

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        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.

  5. Sirkowski says:

    Either they’re laughing to appear strong in front of the outsiders. Or (inb4 flame) they’re uncivilized.

  6. enterthestory says:

    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.” 

    • Little Mouse says:

      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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