Thursday, November 24, 2005

We’re Going to Eat You

When the relatives just won’t leave or if the turkey just doesn’t do the trick, why don’t you simply slip out of the house and take in a cannibal film? That’s if you live in Eugene, Oregon, of course. This Thanksgiving weekend the wonderful Bijou theater is going to show three classics of the genre: Ruggero Deodato’s brutal and unforgettable masterpiece, Cannibal Holocaust, Antonio Margheriti’s Cannibal Apocalypse, and Wes Craven’s classic piece of revenge mayhem, The Hills Have Eyes. All of them are worthy of attention if you have the stomach for this particular kind of gut-munching horror, though don’t blame me if your life passes before your eyes while watching Holocaust. Margheriti’s and Craven’s productions are intense and great fun in their ways. But Deodato’s contribution to the genre is. . .well, just keep telling yourself it’s only a movie. . .a movie. . .a movie. . .a movie. . . .

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