Ruggero Deodato, director of ‘most controversial film of all time’, dies at 83

Ruggero Deodato – known as the director of “the most controversial film of all time” – has died aged 83.

Deodato – who is said to have inspired American filmmakers such as Oliver Stone, Eli Roth and Quentin Tarantino – was responsible for directing the legendary 1980 horror film ‘Cannibal Holocaust’.

As of Thursday, his official cause of death is still unknown, according to Italian news source Il Messaggero.

His most infamous film featured acts of sadomasochism and actual animal slaughter, sparking outrage around the world and resulting in the film being banned in several countries.

In order to make the film more “authentic”, Deodato allegedly convinced the actors to completely disappear for a year. Police then seized all copies of the film – and prosecuted Deodato for allegedly killing its actors.

The filmmaker – risking 30 years in prison – managed to convince the actors to appear in court to prove that they were still alive.

In order to make the film more “authentic”, Deodato managed to convince the actors to completely disappear for a year after the making of “Cannibal Holocaust”.
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The film featured acts of sadomasochism and actual animal slaughter, sparking worldwide controversy and resulting in the film being banned in several countries.
The film featured acts of sadomasochism and actual animal slaughter, sparking worldwide controversy and resulting in the film being banned in several countries.
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Deodato later claimed that he improvised most of the film's plot during filming.
Deodato later claimed that he improvised most of the film’s plot during filming.
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As of Thursday, the cause of death is still unknown.
As of Thursday, Deodato’s cause of death is still unknown.
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Deodato later claimed that he improvised most of the film’s plot during filming.

“Tomorrow we’ll impale a girl, tomorrow we’ll kill the cheating wife… tomorrow we’ll kill a pig, because a crew member is sick of eating fish,” the director said in a November interview. “I couldn’t kill real people, so the animals were killed, but all the animals were eaten. They didn’t just die for the movie.

Several people paid tribute to the late director.

“RIP Ruggero Deodato. A legend of cinema and one of the kings of Video Nasties”, writes James Simpsonauthor of “Video Nasty Mayhem: The Inside Story of VIPCO”, in a tribute on Twitter.

“Rest in peace Ruggero Deodato. Truly an extraordinary filmmaker”, added Joko Anwar, director of the cult film “Satan’s Slaves”.

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