Review Date: May 12, 2000
Released by: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release date: 5/23/2000
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: Yes
Anchor Bay has released director Eloy De La Iglesia's 1971 Spanish horror film, Cannibal Man (aka La Semana del Asesino), onto the format we all know and love - DVD! Lets take a closer look.
Marcos (Vicente Parra) works at a slaughterhouse during where they slaughter cows and use the meat in soups. He's dating a young girl from a rich family - the two are in love and hope to get married once Marcos gets a better job. One night on a date the two catch a cab and instruct the driver to bring them into town. During the ride into town the love birds starting "making out" in the back seat. This quickly upsets the driver - he pulls the cab over and tells them to leave immediately. The love birds leave but Marcos refuses to pay the driver. Soon the driver and Marcos begin to fight. Once Marcos is knocked to the ground he begins to attack his girlfriend. Marcos jumps to his feet and hits the driver on the head with a rock. The couple flee the scene in a panic.
The next day Marcos finds out that the cab driver has died. He tells his girlfriend that no one has seen them and that they can get away with this crime. She panics and insists on confessing to the police. Before she can do that, however, Marcos murders her in an attempt to save himself from going to prison. When the guilt begins to get to him Marcos confesses his murders to his brother, but his brother also insists he go to the police to turn himself in. When Marcos refuses his brother warns him that he'll drag him to the police if necessary. Marcos agrees to go but soon kills his brother before the police visit occurs.
Soon more and more people come looking for the people Marcos has killed, and soon more and more bodies pile up as Marcos further descends into madness. Marcos is now faced with the problem of disposing of all these bodies. Fortunately for Marco he works at a slaughterhouse, where it's quite easy to dispose of meat. Soon a nosy neighbor who has been spying on Marcos confronts him and Marcos soon realizes this neighbor knows all the crimes he's committed. But why hasn't the neighbor turned him in? What are his intentions? If he was going to turn Marcos in surely he would've done so and saved some lives. Marcos is confused and struggles to to decide his next step - kill the neighbor or find out his true intentions.
Gore fiends may be satisfied with this one given it has a fair amount of bloody scenes in the film, but it didn't do much for me. It didn't have the disturbance factor of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the only chills I got were from seeing them butcher cows at the beginning of the film. This is the type of film where they try to use excessive gore to provide the chills. I know some people crave that but for me it hardly ever satisfies my desire to be scared, chilled or "creeped out". The acting is decent but you won't see any of these people up for Oscar nominations.
Anchor Bay always shines in this department and Cannibal Man is no exception. The film is presented in its original theatrical ratio of 1.85:1 and is 16x9 enhanced. Colors are a bit faded but that is to be expected from a 1971 film. Transfer is clean with almost no blemishes appearing. Image was sharp and clear throughout.
Presented in it's original Mono soundtrack Cannibal Man sounds perfect. No distortion was heard during the film.
Anchor Bay went for a standard DVD release on this one providing just a theatrical trailer on the DVD itself. Included with the DVD is a small insert that gives some background on Spanish cinema and director Eloy De La Iglesia. This insert was written by a gentlemen who has been very help to this web site - Michael Felsher.
Gore fiends should enjoy this film. Everyone else may want to give it a rental to see if it suits your tastes. Extras consist of only a trailer but Anchor Bay delivers a superb audio/video presentation here.
Movie - C
Image Quality - B+
Sound - A
Supplements - C
- Running time - 1 hour 38 minutes
- Not Rated
- 1 Disc
- English Dolby Mono
- Theatrical trailer
- Insert about Spanish cinema and director Eloy De La Iglesia