El caníbal Film Details
Overview: A Vietnam veteran heads to an island inhabited by cannibals to save a kidnapped model not only from her kidnappers, but also from the cannibals’ lurking Devil god.
Tagline: Hunted, raped, and tormented out of her mind…
Review: Sexo Cannibal, or Devil Hunter as it’s more commonly known amongst English speaking audiences, starts with actress & model Laura Crawford (Ursula Buchfellner as Ursula Fellner) checking out locations for her new film along with her assistant Jane (Gisela Hahn). After a long days work Laura is relaxing in the bath of her room when two very dubious character’s named Chris (Werner Pochath) & Thomas (Antonio Mayans) burst in & kidnap her having been helped by the treacherous Jane. Laura’s agent gets on the blower to rent-a-hero Peter Weston (Al Cliver) who is informed of the situation, the kidnappers have Laura on an isolated island & are demanding a 6 million ransom. Peter is told that he will be paid 200,000 to get her back safely & a further 10% of the 6 million if he brings that back as well, faster than a rat up a drain pipe Peter & his Vietnam Vet buddy helicopter pilot Jack are on the island & deciding on how to save Laura. So, the kidnappers have Laura & Peter has the 6 million but neither want to hand them over that much. Just to complicate things further this particular isolated island is home to a primitive tribe (hell, in all the generations they’ve lived there they’ve only managed to build one straw hut, now that’s primitive) who worship some cannibal monster dude (Burt Altman) with bulging eyes as a God with human sacrifices & this cannibal has a liking for young, white female flesh & intestines… This Spanish, French & German co-production was co-written & directed by the prolific Jesus Franco who also gets the credit for the music as well. Sexo Cannibal has gained a certain amount of notoriety here in the UK as it was placed on the ‘Video Nasties’ list in the early 80’s under it’s alternate Devil Hunter title & therefore officially classed as obscene & banned, having said that I have no idea why as it is one bad film & even Franco, who isn’t afraid to be associated with a turkey, decides he wants to hide under the pseudonym of Clifford Brown. I’d imagine even the most die-hard Franco fan would have a hard time defending this thing. The script by Franco, erm sorry I mean Clifford Brown & Julian Esteban as Julius Valery who was obviously another one less than impressed with the finished product & wanted his named removed, is awful. It’s as simple & straight forward as that. For a start the film is so boring it’s untrue, the kidnap plot is one of the dullest I’ve ever seen without the slightest bit of tension or excitement involved & the horror side of things don’t improve as we get a big black guy with stupid looking over-sized bloodshot eyes plus two tame cannibal scenes. As a horror film Sexo Cannibal fails & as an action adventure it has no more success, this is one to avoid. Director Franco shows his usual incompetence throughout, a decapitated head is achieved by an actor lying on the ground with large leaves placed around the bottom of his neck to try & give the impression it’s not attached to anything! The cannibal scenes are poor, the action is lame & it has endless scenes of people randomly walking around the jungle getting from ‘A’ to ‘B’ & not really doing anything when they get there either. It becomes incredibly dull & tedious to watch after about 10 minutes & don’t forget this thing goes on for 94 minutes in it’s uncut state. I also must mention the hilarious scene when Al Cliver is supposed to be climbing a cliff, this is achieved by Franco turning his camera on it’s side & having Cliver crawl along the floor! Just look at the way his coat hangs & the way he never grabs onto to anything as he just pulls himself along! The gore isn’t that great & as far as Euro cannibal films go this is very tame, there are some gross close ups of the cannibals mouth as it chews bits of meat, a man is impaled on spikes, there’s some blood & a handful of intestines. There’s a fair bit of nudity in Sexo Cannibal & an unpleasant rape scene. Sexo Cannibal must have had a low budget & I mean low. This is a shoddy poorly made film with awful special effects & rock bottom production values. The only decent thing about it is the jungle setting which at least looks authentic. The music sucks & sound effects become annoying as there is lots of heavy breathing whenever the cannibal is on screen. The acting sucks, the whole thing was obviously dubbed anyway but no one in this thing can act. Sexo Cannibal is a terrible film that commits the fatal mistake of being as boring as hell. The only good things I can say is that it has a certain sleazy atmosphere to it & those close ups of the cannibal chewing meat are pretty gross. Anyone looking for a decent cinematic experience should give Sexo Cannibal as wide a berth as possible, one to avoid.
Country: Spain, France, West Germany
Duration: 102 min
Also known as: The Devil Hunter,Il cacciatore di uomini,Sexo Caníbal,Chasseur de l’enfer,Jakten Pa Kidnapparna,Sexo Cannibal,Секс с канибали,Сексуальный каннибал,El caníbal,Sexo-Canibale,O Raptor,Дьявольский охотник,Manhunter – O Seqüestro,Devil Hunter,To anurwpokynhghto,Chasseurs d’hommes,The Man Hunter,El cazador de hombre,Jungfrau unter Kannibalen