Ruggero Deodato returned to the cannibal scene in 1980 (following 1977's Ultimo mondo cannibale) with the infamous Cannibal Holocaust, a brutal and shocking film that pretty much closed the lid on this Italian exploitation genre and has since been raved about by many as one of the best and most influential horror films of all time.
Seeing as we're now in 2005 (the 25th anniversary of Holocaust - perfect timing, eh?) and Deodato hasn't made a film since The Washing Machine in 1993, it's perhaps more wishful thinking on Deodato's part that Cannibal Holocaust 2 will go ahead rather than anything yet set in concrete.
The director spoke to Fangoria (see here for the full news story) - “I want to do it — I have written two stories. One is a very metropolitan story, like CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST but set in Rome. The other is closer to the original, and set in the jungle. I hope that it will be possible to shoot it, but I don’t know. Just now in Italy, it is not easy to find financing.”
Still, is the world really ready for a sequel to one of the most shocking films of all time, and even if we were, surely a sequel could never top the excesses of the orginal, especially in terms of the gruesomely gratuitous real-life animal killings. Surely in today's current climate, real-life deaths can longer be justified. Deodato apparently agrees. “No — I am finished with that, no more,” he says. “I was stupid to introduce animals.”
Deodato is currently busy until February shooting his new serial for Italian television.
1st Nov 04 Above all though, it is the relationship between John and Laura Baxter which is the film’s central focus throughout, and the gradual disintegration of their relationship amidst a haze of grief.