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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 »

Director:

Eloy de la Iglesia

Writers:

Eloy de la Iglesia (story), Antonio Fos (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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)
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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....

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

Was the first movie to use the "vomit-bag" gimmick. Theatres offered free barf bags with the tickets to increase the sales of this 'violent' film. 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 »

Connections

Featured in Don't Scream: It's Only a Movie! (1985) See more »

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excellent film!

I would have to agree with the previous comment regarding THE CANNIBAL MAN. It's an excellent film in the vein of DERANGED (1974), HENRY and CONFESSIONS OF A SERIAL KILLER, though it predates all three.

THE CANNIBAL MAN took a couple viewings to really come together and I think part of the problem was the English dubbing. Anchor Bay's recent release has superb picture quality, but unfortunately they didn't include the original language track with subs as they did with TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD.

Regardless, the acting is well-done - Vincente Parra plays a particularly relatable man, one with whom the viewer can sympathize. In accordance with the film's original title, WEEK OF THE KILLER, Parra takes the part of the titular role, slowly spiraling downward into insanity while dispatching one victim for each day of the week. Along the way, there are some interesting twists and turns as well as some restrained, well-used scenes of violence and gore.

There are also some truly surreal scenes, such as the swimming pool sequence and the tense denouement. And, as with any Spanish horror film, nearly all the women are gorgeous. All in all, this is a must-see for genre fans, but be warned, THE CANNIBAL MAN is a subtle film, not one that will immediately jump out at you.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Apartment on the 13th Floor See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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