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The Cannibal Man (1972)

La semana del asesino (original title)
R | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | June 1973 (USA)
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 »


Eloy de la Iglesia


Eloy de la Iglesia (story), Antonio Fos (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vicente Parra ... Marcos
Emma Cohen ... Paula
Eusebio Poncela ... Néstor
Charly Bravo Charly Bravo ... Esteban
Fernando Sánchez Polack ... Señor Ambrosio (as Fernando Sanchez Polak)
Goyo Lebrero Goyo Lebrero ... Taxista
Vicky Lagos ... Rosa
Ismael Merlo ... Jefe de personal
Rafael Hernández ... Agustín (as Rafael Hernandez)
José Franco ... Tendero (as Jose Franco)
Valentín Tornos Valentín Tornos ... Obrero (as Valentin Tornos)
Antonio Orengo Antonio Orengo ... Camarero
Antonio Corencia Antonio Corencia ... Obrero burlón
Antonio del Real Antonio del Real ... Obrero burlón (as Antonio Fernandez del Real)
José Félix Montoya José Félix Montoya ... Vigilante de servicio (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 her 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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Despite the English title ("The Cannibal Man"), this is not a film about cannibalism. The correct translation of the original Spanish title is "The Week of the Killer". See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was listed on the DPP 72 list of video nasties in the UK and successfully prosecuted and banned. It was finally released on the Redemption video label in 1993 after 3 secs of BBFC cuts to a throat slashing. See more »

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Gripping serial killer flick
8 August 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Contrary to what it's title suggests, Cannibal Man has nothing to do with cannibals or people being eaten; it's more a story about insanity in the mould of the 80's classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, only the blame is deflected onto society rather than the character himself. Despite not being about cannibals, the movie features more than enough blood and the opening scene, which takes place in an abattoir, will adequately set most audience members up for what is to follow. What follows is a rampage of violence, as our character slips deeper into insanity and kills the people around him. It all starts with the (sort of) accidental death of a taxi driver. After that, our hero kills his girlfriend for fear that she might tell the police, and follows that murder up with his brother's, his brother's girlfriend's etc etc. This chain of murders could become rather dull, but the relaxed tone of the film and the way that we always focus on the escapades of the central character throughout his decent into insanity ensures that the film never turns into a riotous slash-fest.

Aside from the fact that Franco was in power, I really don't know anything about Spain at the time that this was made. Cannibal Man reflects life in the country at the time, but to be honest; whatever social study there is really gets lost under the murders and putrid atmosphere of the film. Rather than looking for social comments, I recommend viewing this film more as a look at insanity, as it can be enjoyed much easier that way. If looked at as an insight into insanity; Cannibal Man is a rather potent film, which shows insanity doesn't have to be something that a murderer is born with. The atmosphere that director Eloy de la Iglesia has created is fabulous. The film feels rotten, like a slab of meat left out at the abattoir, and this helps to ensure that we always view our central character's plight with disgust and regret, rather than simply enjoying the killings. Many of the murders in the film are standard stuff, with the exception of one great one that sees a thrown hatchet lodged in some poor guy's face! On the whole, despite the homoerotic tone towards the end; Cannibal Man is cleverer than it looks and even if viewed without intelligence - the film can be enjoyed.

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June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Apartment on the 13th Floor See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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