Director – Eloy de la Iglesia (The Creature, The Priest)
Starring – Vicente Parra (Daddy’s War, El Transexuale), Emma Cohen (The Dumfounded King, Alone in the Dark), and Eusebio Poncela (The Ministry of Time, Sleepwalker)
Release Date – 1972
Rating – 3.5/5
Blu Release – 3/5
With October quickly approaching I’m trying to knock out as many movies sent to me for review before I start on my 31 Days of Horror challenge. Most of the movies sent my way are horror but a few that trickle in from here or there are not. A few weeks back Severin and MVD sent over two new Severin releases that included The Cannibal Man and Overboard. Though The Cannibal Man was obviously horror the second film was clearly not. So, before October arrives, I wanted to knock these two releases out real quick so Overboard wouldn’t be sitting around until November. Like always I want to thank MVD and Severin for always supporting Horror Society.
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows a man that works at a meat processing plant who accidentally kills a taxi driver while on a date. The killing is in self-defense but his girlfriend starts to feel guilty and requests that they turn themselves in. Fearing a life in prison he reluctantly kills her too to cover his tracks. However, this murder begins a chain of murders for him to cover his tracks eventually leading to him becoming overburdened. **Spoiler Alert**
I really liked The Cannibal Man but the movie is not as gruesome as I was hoping for. In fact, it’s not as horrifying as I was expecting. It’s actually fairly tame considering the films artwork, title, and taglines. Regardless, I liked it a lot and can see other genre fans enjoying it just as much as I did.
The acting in this one is great. I really liked Parra as the lead. His character always seem calm and collected even after the bodies start to pile up he still seems relatively cool about the entire situation. I really loved that and his demeanor made the film for me. The supporting cast is just as fun but the characters doesn’t carry the film quite like Parra’s.
The story for this one is more of a character piece with a body count. We follow Parra’s character as he goes through his day to day life and how the one murder spirals out of control as he tries to cover up each murder with another murder. It does have these 6 or so kill scenes that are not that graphic with the exception of one but the overall story is not really that terrifying.
Finally, the film has several on screen kills. The kills, aside from one, are not that gruesome but a few do offer up some blood. We get some strangling, one hit with a rock to the dome, another has their throat sliced, but the hatchet to the face is the most graphic and rewarding death. I loved the effects used in this one. However, if livestock being butchered is something you are against then you may not enjoy this one. Overall, The Cannibal Man was a little milder than I was expecting but I really enjoyed it. Parra brought the film to life and it was great fun. I highly recommend this one to genre fans.
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