DREAD X: CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST/DEATHCEMBER Director Ruggero Deodato’s Top 10 Genre Films

Legendary filmmaker Ruggero Deodato is one of the directors of DREAD’s upcoming horror anthology Deathcember. He most famously (and infamously) known for his uncompromising and controversial shocker, Cannibal Holocaust (released in 1980).

In today’s edition of Dread X, Deodato recounts his Top 10 favorite genre flicks. Check it out below the Deathcember‘s trailer and synopsis.

In other Deathcember news, the film is enjoying its Irish premiere today as part of the IFI Horrorthon in Dublin!

A collection of 24 films that take a look at the dark side of the festive season. 24 international directors with the most diverse ideas and styles; linked by short animated segments that deal with the Advent calendar itself.

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The Shining

A beautiful thriller set in a non-claustrophobic space. A movie full of twists and inventiveness; for example: the child on his tricycle riding through the hotel corridors. And a great Jack Nicholson. All this makes for a superb Stanley Kubrick film.

A Clockwork Orange

The Kubrick film that many directors, myself included, have tried to imitate. All young people should see this movie because it represents them very well.

Rosemary’s Baby

This one is especially impressive because of the scene with the baby with demonic eyes of fire. A film that paralyzes the viewer from the very first minutes.

The Others

A film that scares you from the beginning until the end. I watched it with my wife, and we had to hold each other in our arms because we were both terrified.


I watched it together with my colleague Lamberto Bava and the movie’s director, Pascal Laugier. At the end of the movie we were the only ones left in the cinema. It’s brutal.

The Sixth Sense

This movie will be remembered for many years to come. It’s an example of good cinema.

Cannibal Holocaust

It has built up a faithful following of fans who still love it and keep commenting on it online. After nearly 40 years. I guess that has to mean something.

The Exorcist

I consider myself a realistic and Rossellinian director. This is the reason why I love The Exorcist. Blatty was inspired by a case of possession that took place in 1949 in Cottage City, Maryland. The protagonist of the tragic story was a young boy of 14 whose identity was kept secret and for whom a pseudonym was used.


It is said that when working on his Psycho remake, Gus Van Sant brought the original Hitchcock film from 1960 with him to revise the lesson. When he noticed a mistake (for example a door being opened without a key), Van Sant decided to repeat the same mistake in his film. Van Sant copied well!

Profondo Rosso/Deep Red

I can’t fail to include a movie by my great “adversary” Dario Argento in my list. In his artistic career, Deep Red is the film that marks the transition from the thriller to the horror phase that started with Suspiria. I was amazed by the terrifying special effects by Carlo Rambaldi, and I liked the Goblin rock music.

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