Mondo & Shockumentaries

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1. Mondo cane (1962)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Horror

A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence.

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Rossano Brazzi, Yves Klein, Henning Skaarup

Votes: 3,207

2. Mondo Cane 2 (1963)

R | 102 min | Documentary

The official sequel to the original shockumentary, presenting new and bizarre behavior from around the world, including cruelty, graphic gore, and strange rituals.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Henning Skaarup, Peter Ustinov, Madame Nhu

Votes: 710

4. Savage World Today (1985)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

A new age Mondo film that explores the realm of urban decay and various oddities of the modern world, ranging from underground club scenes to sex change operations.

Director: Stelvio Massi

Votes: 125

In the Netherlands & Germany released as "Mondo Cane 3".

6. Experiments in the Revival of Organisms (1940)

20 min | Documentary, Short

This film shows experiments preformed by Soviet scientists reviving the lungs, heart, and even the head of dead dogs.

Director: D.I. Yashin | Stars: S.S. Bryukhonenko, Walter B. Cannon, J.B.S. Haldane

Votes: 135

7. Karamoja (1954)

Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary

The filmed record of an expedition to the African interior, with scenes of animal life and native customs and practices.

Director: William B. Treutle

Votes: 26

8. Cannibal Island (1956)

75 min | Documentary

Though the release date says 1956, this film consists mostly of footage from a 1931 documentary called "Gow the Killer." It was the first sound film to deal with cannibalism, as it ... See full summary »

Votes: 19

9. Naked Africa (1957)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary

A documentary about the Xhosa tribe of Cape Nguru, Africa.

Directors: Ray Phoenix, Cedric Worth | Star: Quentin Reynolds

Votes: 24

11. World by Night No. 2 (1961)

114 min | Documentary

A montage of cabaret and variety acts from around the world.

Director: Gianni Proia | Stars: Fortunata Ubertini, Bettie Jacknowitz, Dan Howard, Shelley Jacknowitz

Votes: 19

12. This Shocking World (1963)

100 min | Documentary, Musical

A documentary highlighting some of the oddest, strangest and more grotesque examples of human behavior. Included are a tour of the Grand Guignol theater in Paris, a man who sticks long ... See full summary »

Director: Gianni Proia | Stars: George Sanders, Alexander, Maria Ansaldi, Laura Betti

Votes: 71

13. Basic Autopsy Procedure (1961)

51 min | Documentary

This U.S. Army training film demonstrates in graphic detail how to perform basic autopsy procedures.

Votes: 12

14. Naked Terror (1961)

74 min | Documentary

A documentary on African Zulu tribes.

Star: Vincent Price

Votes: 9

17. Taboos of the World (1963)

86 min | Documentary

An early shockumentary, a mondo style production that spins all over the world.

Director: Romolo Marcellini | Stars: Laila Novak, Vincent Price, Stefano Sibaldi

Votes: 16

18. Macabro (1966)

88 min | Documentary

Documentary showcasing various strange practices around the world, including tribal circumcision ceremonies, male Japanese geishas and headhunting Indian tribes in the Brazilian jungles.

Director: Romolo Marcellini | Star: Marvin Miller

Votes: 5

19. Naked World (1963)

92 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Director: Francesco De Feo

Votes: 9

20. Women of the World (1963)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

"The camera strips woman right down to her skin," proclaimed the ads,"...lays bare the secrets of her mind and body!" Using outtakes from MONDO CANE as their foundation, Directors Gualtiero... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Belinda Lee, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 277

22. Mondo Inferno (1964)

89 min | Documentary

This shockumentary takes us on visits to a restaurant that serves up delicious dog meat dishes, mud-wrestling clubs, a chastity belt store. We get to see bizarre funeral rites, snake ... See full summary »

Directors: Antonio Margheriti, Marco Vicario | Stars: Coccinelle, Stephen Garret, John Hart

Votes: 19

23. Kwaheri: Vanishing Africa (1964)

R | 80 min | Documentary

"Documentary" about an expedition through darkest Africa in search of a jungle medicine man who performs bizarre (and illegal) skull surgeries. Along the way there is much footage of ... See full summary »

Directors: Thor L. Brooks, Byron Chudnow | Stars: Kwaheri, Les Tremayne

Votes: 62

24. Malamondo (1964)

110 min | Documentary

This documentary looks at strange behaviors and practices in Europe, including nude skiing in Switzerland, hog-butchering in Italy, and an orgy in a graveyard.

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Don Backy, Adriano Celentano, Riccardo Cucciolla, Marvin Miller

Votes: 39

25. There Are Still Slaves in the World (1964)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

The film documents modern slave trade through a number of Arabian and African countries, under muslim rule. The filming was conducted both in public places, and sometimes with the use of ... See full summary »

Directors: Maleno Malenotti, Roberto Malenotti, Folco Quilici | Stars: Robert Lamoureux, Robin Maugham, Allen Swift

Votes: 61

27. Witchdoctor in Tails (1966)

96 min | Documentary

In true Mondo form the film starts off with a visit to a slaughterhouse and then takes off on a non-stop sonic run through Africa in search of firewalkers, Snake charmers, babes in bikinis ... See full summary »

Director: Paolo Cavara | Star: George Sanders

28. The Forbidden (1966)

66 min | Documentary

This documentary explores assorted "forbidden" topics from all over the world. Among the subjects depicted herein are a racy TV commercial for a female martial arts school, rowdy teenagers ... See full summary »

Directors: Benjamin Andrews, Lee Frost | Stars: Baby Bubbles, Bob Cresse, Pat Hall

Votes: 39

29. Africa: Blood and Guts (1966)

R | 122 min | Documentary

The cruel acts of animal poaching and violence, executions, and tribal slaughtering, all taking place on the African continent.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Sergio Rossi, Jomo Kenyatta, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Julius Nyerere

Votes: 1,177

30. Mondo Bizarro (1966)

80 min | Documentary, Adventure

A faux travelogue that mixes documentary and mockumentary footage. The camera looks through a one-way glass into the women's dressing room at a lingerie shop, visits a Kyoto massage parlor,... See full summary »

Director: Lee Frost | Stars: Claude Emmand, Bob Cresse, Lee Frost, Dick Osmun

Votes: 145

31. Secret Africa (1969)

103 min | Documentary

Documentary about French Equatorial Africa, including sequences on adult circumcision rites of Bariba tribe; whipping of young Peuls; a secret asylum in the jungle; new-born tattooing in ... See full summary »

Directors: Alfredo Castiglioni, Angelo Castiglioni, Guido Guerrasio | Star: Riccardo Cucciolla

Votes: 16

32. Africa Uncensored (1971)

X | 98 min | Documentary

A taboo / forbidden look into the sex rites of African tribes.

Directors: Alfredo Castiglioni, Angelo Castiglioni, Guido Guerrasio, Oreste Pellini | Star: Riccardo Cucciolla

Votes: 77

33. Goodbye Uncle Tom (1971)

Unrated | 123 min | Drama

Two documentary filmmakers go back in time to the pre-Civil War American South, to film the slave trade.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Dick Gregory, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Ernest Kubler

Votes: 1,249

35. Journey Into the Beyond (1975)

R | 95 min | Documentary, Horror

A "journey" into the world of the supernatural.

Director: Rolf Olsen | Stars: John Carradine, Rolf Olsen, Paul Ross, Edgar D. Mitchell

Votes: 47

36. Magia nuda (1975)

X | 100 min | Documentary

This film is about tribes in Africa and South America who turn toward magic as a means of survival and way of life. The Mundari tribe in Africa herd cattle but do not slaughter them for ... See full summary »

Directors: Alfredo Castiglioni, Angelo Castiglioni, Guido Guerrasio | Star: Mac Mauro Smith

Votes: 178

37. Savage Man Savage Beast (1975)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

A notorious mondo film depicting unbelievable and bizarre rituals, animal killing and cruelty, and people being killed and eaten, all by either animals or humans against each other or themselves.

Directors: Antonio Climati, Mario Morra | Stars: Giuseppe Rinaldi, Pit Dernitz

Votes: 311

Savage Man, Savage Beast.

38. This Violent World (1976)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Horror

The film documents various scenes of graphic behavior in an attempted exposé of worldly violence.

Directors: Antonio Climati, Mario Morra | Star: Giuseppe Rinaldi

Votes: 108

39. Meat (1976)

112 min | Documentary

mid 70's documentary that shows how livestock are raised, sold, and processed in the United States.

Director: Frederick Wiseman

Votes: 151

40. Sharks and Men (1976)

PG | 88 min | Documentary

Add a Plot

Director: Bruno Vailati | Star: Bernard Tiphaine

Votes: 13

41. Brutes and Savages (1978)

Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary

Fascinated by forbidden rituals and ceremonies, world explorer Arthur Davis takes a crew with hidden cameras to Africa and South America to secretly record the beauty and horror of the "law... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Davis | Stars: Arthur Davis, Richard Johnson

Votes: 130

43. Des morts (1979)

Unrated | 105 min | Documentary

This morbid, unusual, and critically acclaimed documentary was filmed in the most exotic locations all over the world. Of the Dead (Des Morts) deals with death, the soon dead, and the ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Pol Ferbus, Dominique Garny, Thierry Zéno

Votes: 117

44. Days of Fury (1980)

PG | 91 min | Documentary

An obscure collection of examples of today's problems, featuring tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tidal waves, locust swarms, fires, floods, plane crashes, racing accidents, assassinations, riots and animal killing.

Director: Fred Warshofsky | Star: Vincent Price

Votes: 32

45. Great White Death (1981)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary

Glenn Ford appears and narrates in this lesser known documentary/mondo style film about the search for the Great White Shark. Contains some recreations of shark attacks that appear to be ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Patrick Lebel | Stars: Glenn Ford, Henry Borsk, Norm Craig

Votes: 65

46. The Killing of America (1981)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Crime

A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a great footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more.

Directors: Sheldon Renan, Leonard Schrader | Stars: Chuck Riley, Ed Dorris, Thomas Noguchi, Sirhan Sirhan

Votes: 1,639

47. Shocking Africa (1982)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary

A look at the fast disappearing tribal customs of North Africa.

Directors: Alfredo Castiglioni, Angelo Castiglioni

Votes: 87

48. Camps of Death (1983 Video)

Documentary, History, War

Human torture. Factories of death. War atrocities. The crimes that haunt the pages of history are chronicled in the piercing documentary Camps of Death. Following Hitler's murderous career,... See full summary »

Stars: André Baruch, Jackson Beck, Eva Braun, Adolf Hitler

Votes: 27