By today’s standards, Ruggero Deodato’s 1979 Italian cult horror film Cannibal Holocaust is definitely not as shocking as it was during its initial release. You see, a movie like that released today wouldn’t lead to the eventual arrest of the director, a reality Deodato faced when the movie’s effects were deemed so real by Italian police that it was believed to feature real murder. Complicating matters were the contracts the actors signed which kept them from making media appearances, adding to the realistic allure of the movie. The actors were eventually forced out of hiding and aided in Deodato’s release, but the controversy didn’t end. The movie depicts the slayings of real animals. A turtle, pig, tarantula, coatimundi, and two squirrel monkeys were actually butchered, inciting claims of animal cruelty. Currently, the film is banned in countries like New Zealand, Malaysia, and Finland.