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Devil Hunter (1980)

El caníbal (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 5 December 1980 (West Germany)
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.


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Cast overview:
Ursula Buchfellner ...
Laura Crawford (as Ursula Fellner)
Peter Weston
Jack (as Robert Foster)
Antonio de Cabo ...
Bertrand Altmann ...
The Devil (as Burt Altman)
Gisela Hahn ...
Muriel Montossé ...
Girl on Yacht (as Victoria Adams)
Werner Pochath ...
Melo Costa ...
Pablito (as Leonardo Costa)
Aline Mess ...
Cannibal Priestess (as Lynn Mess)
Claude Boisson ...
Cannibal Chief
Tibi Costa
Óscar Cortina
Ana Paula


The story is set amongst jungle tribes that live in fear of the devil. Laura Crawford is a model who gets kidnapped by a gang of thugs whilst working in South America. They take her into the jungle and demand a huge ransom. Laura is guarded by some ridiculous looking native who calls himself "The Devil" and has to go through all manner of unpleasantries until the gang get their ransom. Chained maidens are offered in supplication and the devil demonstrates eating pussy in a grossly excessive literal manner. Enter Peter Weston, the devil hunter, who goes into the jungle in true Indiana Jones style to try and rescue her. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Hunted, raped, and tormented out of her mind...




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5 December 1980 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Sexo Cannibal  »

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1.85 : 1
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The film was briefly available in the UK as a pre-cert (and now very rare) video before being banned and placed on the DPP list of official video nasties. It was finally passed fully uncut in 2008. See more »


Jack: [having a flashback] Peter!
Peter Weston: What's the matter, Jack?
Jack: It was just like this place... all those bombs. Oh! Oh my poor head. I hate the jungle and its humidity.
Peter Weston: Come now. It's all over now.
Jack: ...and these shadows...
Peter Weston: We're not in Vietnam now.
Jack: This heat...
Peter Weston: Come on!
Jack: The blood was all over the place. I can't take it. Not again. Get me outta here. I can't get these painful memories out if my head
Peter Weston: Calm down. Come on... you most control yourself
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Devil Hunter
30 October 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Devil Hunter, The (1980)

** (out of 4)

A producer is showing off his beautiful actress (Ursula Buchfellner) when terrorists kidnap her and hold her for ransom in the jungle. The producer hires a specialist (Al Cliver) to go in after her but he must battle cannibals and the monster they worship to try and save the beauty. I had previously seen the German version of this film but this new one released by Severin features nearly twelve-minutes worth a new footage and brings the running time up to 102-minutes. I was worried about this but the added running time actually helps the movie. If you know Franco then you know sleaze is his specialty and that's what we get here. There's a whole lot of sleaze in this thing ranging from non-stop nudity to some bloody violence. Speaking of the nudity, I really don't think there are many frames in this film where a woman isn't naked and if there is then it doesn't last more than thirty-seconds or so. As usual, Franco knows how to film a naked body and his camera doesn't shy away from scanning the woman from head to toe and that includes one of the new scenes where a woman does a tribal dance and the camera goes as close as you can to capture those lower regions. Cliver is best known for his role in Lucio Fulci's Zombie but he makes for a good hero. His acting isn't the greatest out there but he does look the part well. Buchfellner is fairly good in her role as well but I'm sure it was her naked body that caught Franco's eyes. The film has a fairly weak story but it does make for some good sleaze if that's what you're looking for.

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