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Planet der Kannibalen (2001)

A futuristic television station sets out to hire newly arrived alien cannibals for a game show.
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Minh-Khai Phan-Thi ... Emma Trost
... Adam Singer
Vadim Glowna ... Kannibale Oskar Wagenknecht
... Heike Hasselhoff
Heikko Deutschmann ... Hanno Jungbluth
... Vera Frostenthal
... Dienstag
Peter Fitz ... Professor Dr. Dr. Best
Udo Schenk ... Roberto
Lutz Herkenrath ... Prof. Ostheim
Hannes Hellmann
Patricia Thielemann
Horst Tomayer ... Bruno
... Mr. Dark
... Mirko Nebel
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In 2020, Germany is a police state. Two rival TV companies, Alphaplus and Eurolux, are battling each other in the ratings. The Government announces that shortly only one of them will be allowed to continue, so each station will do almost anything to beat the other. Eurolux's most popular show is "Cannibal Talk" in which a Hannibal Lecter-like serial killer gives advice to phone in viewers. Emma Trost works for Alphaplus and her boss Professor Dr. Best tells her that he has information that aliens not only exist, but live among humans unnoticed. He asks her to track them down so that Alphaplus can find a sure fire way of winning the ratings war. Before Emma can get over the shock of this request Best is assassinated and she is framed for his murder. On the run, she must try and clear here name, and increasingly believes that contacting the aliens is her only hope. Written by Infofreak

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Interesting German sci fi black comedy.
11 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

'Planet Of The Cannibals' is an interesting low budget German sci fi black comedy that deserves a LOT more attention! Set in 2020, two rival TV channels, Alphaplus and Eurolux, battle each other in the ratings. Their competition becomes even more intense when the Government announces that only one of them may continue to exist. Eurolux's most popular program features a Hannibal Lecter-like serial killer (Vadim Glowna, who appeared in cult favourites 'Cross Of Iron' and 'Deathwatch') who gives advice to phone in viewers. Emma Trost (Minh-Khai Phan-Thi) is a young and ambitious member of Alphaplus' team, and is called in by Professor Dr. Best (Peter Fitz) for a briefing. She is told that there is irrefutable proof that aliens exist and that three of them live in Germany, passing for human. He gives her the task in tracking them down so that they can be used to win the ratings war. While she is absorbing this shocking information he is murdered, and Emma soon finds herself framed and on the run. Not knowing who she can trust, and convinced that the aliens hold the key to everything, she forms an alliance with "media forger" Adam Singer (Florian Lukas). 'Planet Of The Cannibals' is a great example of what can be accomplished on a modest budget with a good script and a talented bunch of actors. All the cast are very good, but the real standout performance for me is by Vadim Glowna as Oskar, the cannibal superstar. He's just brilliant. The movie held my interest until the end and never ran out of steam. It's quite a modest movie in a way, but it's very successful in what it sets out to do, and lovers of black comedy and satirical science fiction will find a lot to enjoy here. Recommended.


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