Ruggero Deodato–the Italian filmmaker who directed the controversial Cannibal Holocaust–has passed away at the age of 83, according to a report in Variety.
Cannibal Holocaust–a 1980 found-footage horror film considered to be one of the goriest ever made–was banned in several countries due to its depictions of violence, sexual assault and animal cruelty.
The director–nicknamed Monsieur Cannibal in France–was even arrested and accused of murdering several actors on camera to achieve his vision of realistic brutality, but was later cleared of all charges. The horror pic follows an American rescue team searching for missing filmmakers who were working on a movie about cannibal tribes in the Amazon rainforest.
Born in Potenza, Italy, Deodato helmed several musicals and comedies before turning to horror with 1977’s Last Cannibal World, which was censored in the UK for scenes of animal cruelty.
Following Cannibal Holocaust, Deodato directed such horror features as Body Count and Phantom of Death, and even had a cameo in Eli Roth’s Hostel: Part II–as a cannibal.
The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Deodato’s family, friends and colleagues.