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Writers:
Julián Esteban (story)
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Release Date:
5 December 1980 (West Germany) See more »
Tagline:
Hunted, raped, and tormented out of her mind...
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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More exotic, hugely padded-out crap from Jesus. See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ursula Buchfellner ... Laura Crawford (as Ursula Fellner)
Al Cliver ... Peter Weston

Antonio Mayans ... Jack (as Robert Foster)
Antonio de Cabo ... Thomas
Bertrand Altmann ... The Devil (as Burt Altman)
Gisela Hahn ... Jane
Muriel Montossé ... Girl on Yacht (as Victoria Adams)
Werner Pochath ... Chris
Melo Costa ... Pablito (as Leonardo Costa)
Aline Mess ... Cannibal Priestess (as Lynn Mess)
Claude Boisson ... Cannibal Chief
Tibi Costa
Óscar Cortina
Ana Paula
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russel Case ... Jack / Peter (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jesús Franco  (as Clifford Brown)
 
Writing credits
Julián Esteban (story) (as Julius Valery)

Julián Esteban (screenplay) (as Julius Valery) and
Jesús Franco (screenplay) (as Clifford Brown)

Produced by
Julián Esteban .... producer (as Julián Esteban Gómez)
Daniel Lesoeur .... associate producer
Karl Spiehs .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jesús Franco  (as Jess Franco)
 
Cinematography by
Juan Soler 
 
Film Editing by
Nicole Guettard 
Federico Vich 
 
Art Direction by
Pierre Chevalier 
 
Set Decoration by
Pierre Chevalier 
 
Makeup Department
Guillermina Guerrero .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joaquín Domínguez .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Pierre Ducroux .... assistant director
Lina Romay .... assistant director (as Rosa Maria Almiral)
 
Special Effects by
Manuel Archilla .... special effects
Antonio Molina .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luis Colombo .... camera operator (as Luis Dura Colombo)
Ángel Ordiales .... camera operator
Gerard Singer .... camera operator
 
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Nicole Guettard .... assembler
 

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Also Known As:
"El caníbal" - Spain (original title)
"The Devil Hunter" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title)
"The Man Hunter" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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102 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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This movie is often confused with Jesús Franco's similar movie from the same year, White Cannibal Queen (1980).See more »
Quotes:
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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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) (TV)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
More exotic, hugely padded-out crap from Jesus., 25 October 2007
Author: Bloomer from Sydney, Australia

When a man who doesn't have Alzheimer's can't remember how many films he's made, he probably is the world's most prolific director after all. That man is Jesus Franco, the king of so-called 'eurotrash'. His 1980 flick Devil Hunter is as rushed, opaque, stupid, lazy and exploitative in the truest sense of the word (the film's title is misleading, for starters) as any other Franco film I've seen. That makes it sound pretty awful, and it is... Yet Franco does have some kind of inimitable sensibility, a generous way with the baldly outrageous, with nudity and sleaze and violence, and even with his stupid cheap editing which tries to pave over the extreme haste with which all his films were made. The mix of all these elements causes you to ride his films out, even while you're mostly waiting for them to end because they're so very tedious.

Devil Hunter is nigh on incomprehensible for the first half an hour. The kidnap by strangers of a white woman who seems to be a model or film star is intercut with a bunch of native action in South America. There's lots of naked writhing, dancing, and endless repeated zoom-ins on an ugly totem pole. You need to get used to the repetitive zoom-ins and the technique of cutting back to the same shot about three times in a row right away, as these are Franco's main methods of extending a film out to feature length.

The monster who looks like the totem pole is actually kind of scary. He has raw bug eyes and his presence is always signalled on the soundtrack by cacophonous groaning, apparently recorded in an echo chamber. Early in the piece he chews on a native lady strapped to a tree, and it's hard to know what really happens here but I think he ate her stomach (or her genitals, sweet Jesus!).

Anyway, the adventure begins properly when a studly guy and his freaked out Vietnam vet pal are sent to the island to recover the white girl from the kidnappers. The flakey guy has an accent which, as dubbed, is half Brooklyn-American, half English-Liverpudlian and all retarded. All of the dialogue and dubbing is ridiculous and laughable, making for another layer of the film which can somehow hold your interest.

Not too much really happens from here on in, and it happens pretty sluggishly, studded with the odd bit of outrage like a rape. The nebulous action is fleshed out (haha!) by acres of 360 degree nudity from the natives and the two female leads, and even from the monster himself. That he walks around with his penis exposed makes wrestling him an unappetising prospect for the tough guy hero, but it's gotta be done at some point, and it's nice to note that the director will show anyone's genitals on camera.

The best feature of Devil Hunter is the location filming. Franco can be extremely cheap with the structural and story aspects of film-making, but he doesn't muck around with sets. You get real islands, jungles, helicopters and mountains, all in widescreen. This is something that is really cool to experience in these days of crappy CGI sets and backdrops ad nauseam.

Ultimately, issues of recommendation where this film is concerned seem moot. If you're trying to see all the Video Nasties, you will have to watch this at some point, and you'll be made as restless as I was. If you like Franco, you'll watch this anyway. If you fall into neither of the above categories, the odds are you'll never come across this film. Copies of it aren't just lying around, and I could hardly recommend the seeking out of it. It's Franco. Lazy, crazy Franco.

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