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So, how many of you have heard of the Mondo genre? It's probably not something many people nowadays have heard about, but it still holds an infamous reputation for it's style of movies.

Mondo was originally the title of 1960's, Italian-made movie called Mondo Cane, which translates to Dog's World. The purpose of this movie was to show viewers incredibly shocking footage, and I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with shock sites or shock photos. The title has since become the name of a genre that defines movies like it.

Most of the films from the Mondo genre are notorious for their excessive amounts of blood & gore (real or fake), graphic depictions of sex, and/or shocking/frightening concepts. In the 1980's, the UK banned these films, deeming them inappropriate for public sale; however, this did not deter hard-core movie goers from experiencing the shock value of these movies. In fact, the idea that they were bad enough to become banned made it all the more enticing.

So far, the only one I have watched completely was Faces of Death, I started to watch Cannibal Holocaust, but I stopped about 40 mins into it after growing bored and I forgot about it =p Faces of Death was actually a rather interesting film, it is more of a documentary than anything, almost like a graphic health class film. However, I did find it was worth the watch, and it actually had some good messages in it.

That's pretty much it for my little review. So, if you want to learn more about the genre, I would suggest watching a film or two from the Mondo genre (but only if you're a big fan of graphic violence, which I am ;)) and enjoy :cool:

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