Thursday, September 21, 2006

Cannibal Confusion

In celebration of the profoundly pants-wetting news that I finally won something from Buzz at Camp Blood, and the fact that I seem to do nothing lately except watch zombie flicks and shamble around the house til dawn, I've decided (mostly for my own edification) to clear up some of the most common misapprehensions surrounding the mouldy old cinematic subgenre I think of as 'Franco-Italian necrofetishism'. Spaghetti Horror, if you like.

Most of you reading this have, at some point (likely while drifting listlessly down the aisles of Blockbuster), asked yourself this burning question: "What's the difference between Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox, and which one did I see?"

Answering that would be a snap, but for the incestuous slew of coterminous films produced at the time that (even in this IMDB age) are frustratingly interchangeable in theme, pedigree, and title.

So here, listed chronologically, are the Italian mutilation-exploitation features that your memory may have confused, conflated, miscegenated or otherwise misremembered. Fittingly, like the Hills of Rome, there are seven of them.

Jungle Holocaust - 1977
Zombi 2 - 1979
Cannibal Holocaust - 1980
Zombie Holocaust - 1980
Cannibal Apocalypse - 1980
Cannibal Virus - 1980
Cannibal Ferox - 1981

For details, consult the handy reference tables below.


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