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El caníbal (1980)

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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Jesús Franco (as Clifford Brown)

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Julián Esteban (story) (as Julius Valery), Julián Esteban (screenplay) (as Julius Valery) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Ursula Buchfellner ... Laura Crawford (as Ursula Fellner)
Al Cliver ... Peter Weston
Antonio Mayans ... Jack (as Robert Foster)
Antonio de Cabo Antonio de Cabo ... Thomas
Bertrand Altmann Bertrand Altmann ... The Devil (as Burt Altman)
Gisela Hahn ... Jane
Muriel Montossé ... Girl on Yacht (as Victoria Adams)
Werner Pochath ... Chris
Melo Costa Melo Costa ... Pablito (as Leonardo Costa)
Aline Mess Aline Mess ... Cannibal Priestess (as Lynn Mess)
Claude Boisson Claude Boisson ... Cannibal Chief
Tibi Costa Tibi Costa
Óscar Cortina Óscar Cortina
Ana Paula Ana Paula
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After World War 2, Senior Japanese Officials and their followers were killed and buried together in China, after being defeated and forced to give in. The Japanese Evil People of Nine Chrysanthemum have sworn revenge and are secretly plotting against China after sealing the graves of the Officials. Before their conspiracy can come to an end, Chinese police Captain Li and Taoist master Mao Yuan Feng discover the conspiracy and kill some of the Japanese Evil People. The members who survived used then their blood to call them back from Hell and became Devil Masters. But before their Japanese Imperialist Agressive Ambition can succeed, Captain Li and Taoist Master Mao Yuan Feng kill them and defeat their plot of revenge for good. Written by Eric Louzil

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

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Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France | West Germany

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 December 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sexo Cannibal See more »

Filming Locations:

Archena, Murcia, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The demon's bug-eyes were created with ping-pong balls that had tiny holes poked in them to allow the actor to see. See more »

Quotes

Jack: [having a flashback] Peter!
Peter Weston: What's the matter, Jack?
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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) See more »

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Incredibly dull cannibal movie despite the sex and violence
8 April 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

An actress making a movie in Africa is kidnapped and taken into the jungle where she is held for ransom. The producer hires some one to go and bring her back. Complicating everything are the cannibals in the jungle who worship a really ugly looking "god" who likes to eat naked women.

This is a gory sleazy movie. There is copious amounts of nudity and violence, not to mention violence against nude people. Its an exploitation film designed to appeal to the deepest darkest parts of our being, and if the movie wasn't so boring this film would be a classic. Lets face it, despite the gore, the nasty sex and abuse,and the ugly monster this movie is a snoozer. The pacing is all off kilter and it puts you out. There are multiple plot lines that all seem to be happening separately from each other, even though its ultimately all one story. Worst of all, almost no one says anything. Most of the minimal dialog concerns the cruelty or one characters protestations that "I'll do what I want". Its such a quiet and dull movie that if it weren't for the frequent screams of the victims I'd recommend this as a sleep aide.

This is a movie to avoid unless you need sleep, or unless you need to see every Euro-cannibal movie.

(An aside. VideoAsia just released this as part of their Terror Tales series. Their print is oddly letter-boxed which looks to be the result of taking their print from a Japanese source (there is fogging) that was cropped to remove the subtitles. Their print also has no opening titles)


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