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The Cannibal Man (1973)
"La semana del asesino" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  June 1973 (USA)
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A young man, Marco, working as a butcher, accidentally kills a taxi driver. His girlfriend Paula wants to go to the police so he has to kill her too. He then has to kill his brother, his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vicente Parra ...
Emma Cohen ...
Eusebio Poncela ...
Charly Bravo ...
Fernando Sánchez Polack ...
Señor Ambrosio (as Fernando Sanchez Polak)
Goyo Lebrero ...
Vicky Lagos ...
Ismael Merlo ...
Jefe de personal
Rafael Hernández ...
Agustín (as Rafael Hernandez)
José Franco ...
Tendero (as Jose Franco)
Valentín Tornos ...
Obrero (as Valentin Tornos)
Antonio Orengo ...
Antonio Corencia ...
Obrero burlón
Antonio del Real ...
Obrero burlón (as Antonio Fernandez del Real)
José Félix Montoya ...
(as Felix Jose Montoya)


A young man, Marco, working as a butcher, accidentally kills a taxi driver. His girlfriend Paula wants to go to the police so he has to kill her too. He then has to kill his brother, his brother's fiancée and his father, who have become suspicious. He gets rid of the bodies by taking them to a slaughter house... Written by Mattias Thuresson

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When the butcher goes berserk....


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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June 1973 (USA)  »

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Cannibal Man  »

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Was the first movie to use the "vomit-bag" gimmick. Theatres offered free barf bags with the tickets to increase the sales of this 'violent' film. See more »


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Cool quirky film!
28 October 2007 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

I finally watched this overlooked Spanish film and I have to say that I enjoyed it a lot, much more than I expected. I rarely heard anything from it and the reason I saw it was because I'm collecting VHS tapes released by Anchor Bay during the late 1990s and CANNIBAL MAN was part of those horror films. It's a horror film but the horror aspects are not what makes it work. It's more the tone, the actors and the whole look which are all excellent and unique. In fact, the horror elements are at times pretty weak and unconvincing and anyone watching it as a horror film will probably be disappointed. The killings or the repetitive reasons for the man in question to kill are not always convincing but that's because the film is totally symbolic of the time it was made. When you view CANNIBAL MAN as that, the film becomes unique and almost brilliant. I won't describe anything about the film itself. I'll just leave it up to you to see and decide.

The closest thing I can compare it to is APARTMENT ZERO, which I now believe was probably , eh, "inspired" by CANNIBAL MAN. The ending is a bit murky but the better for it. It gives me something to think about. Well worth watching for fans of quirky cinema.

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