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“The mythical lie of Cannibal Ferox was an alibi created to justify the greed and cruelty of the conquistadores,” preaches the young anthropologist as she and her colleagues sail through the Amazon. Oh how quickly she is proven wrong. Within the next hour, any high-minded ideals about colonial racism are demolished by a visual onslaught of humans chowing on the extracted intestines of other humans, forced castration, and several counts of animal cruelty. When it was released, Umberto Lenzi’s Cannibal Ferox (1981) was decreed “The most violent film ever made” and banned in 31 countries. The pre-Saw gorefest is surprisingly creative in its many and varied forms of aggression, with a plot solely to flesh out more opportunities for extended brain-eating sequences. You can witness the feast tonight as part of the “Nitehawk Nasties” series.

Fri., May 3, 11:59 p.m.; Sat., May 4, 11:59 p.m., 2013

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