8 Shocking Acts Of Animal Cruelty In Film Production

Wednesday, February 8 by

Apocalypse Now

During the filming, an ox was sliced almost completely in half. Nobody said it was easy to feed Marlon Brando.


In a particularly brutal scene, a donkey is cut open and bled to death. In protest of this completely disgusting act, John C. Reilly left the project refusing to have any association with something so cruel and savage. As a result, the scene was cut from the film’s release. Which must have added insult to injury to that donkey’s proud mother.

Cannibal Holocaust

This Italian horror film from the awesomely named Ruggero Deodato was anything but awesome toward animals. Though he’s later condemned his own actions, Deodato was cruel to a wide array of animals. A large turtle is decapitated and disemboweled on camera, a pig is kicked and shot in the head, a coatimundi is murdered with a knife, a machete is used to kill a spider and a snake, and a squirrel monkey has the top of its he


  • A coatimundi (mistaken as a muskrat in the film) is killed with a knife.
  • A large turtle is captured in the water and dragged to shore, where it is then decapitated and its limbs, shell, and entrails are removed. The actors proceed to cook and eat the turtle.
  • A large spider is killed with a machete.
  • A snake is killed with a machete.
  • A pig is kicked twice and then shot in the head with a shotgun at close range.
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