Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cannibal Man (1972) aka La Semana del asesino aka The Apartment On The 13th Floor aka Week Of The Killer

5 / 5
Tagline: When the butcher goes berserk...
Directed By: Eloy de la Iglesia
Written By: Antonio Fos, Eloy de la Iglesia, Robert Oliver
Actors Include: Vicente Parra, Emma Cohen, Eusebio Poncela
Genre: Horror
Length: 98 minutes
Banned: Sweden
Country: Spain

I can't remember how I came across this film, or why but I'd never heard it mentioned until recently at all...and darn it, I'm always looking for good horror films. This was a wonderful surprise, one of the best I've seen in a while. Somehow the lead character is a murderer, yet we like him, he's funny and actually a reluctant killer. Still we are treated to plenty of fast paced casualties, great writing, interesting plot and tons of fun at every turn. We start out with our hero and his girlfriend making out in a cab. Well this ticks off Mr. Cabbie and he kicks them out of the cab in the middle of nowhere. Well our hero refuses to pay and so the cabbie starts trying to assault the girlfriend. Mr. hero steps in to save his dame and gets stabbed (i's hard to tell) by the cabbie so he throws a rock at his head and kills him. From this point on in the film it's all gravy! See our hero's girlfriend starts being a pain in the ass and threatening to turn him in so he has no choice but to off her. He's not really sure what to do with bodies, so he just throws them in the spare room. Soon friends and noisy relatives start showing up and wanting to look in the room (and he's a nice guy so he tries to talk them out of it) but he ends up having to kill one after the next. What I didn't mention is that he works in the meat area of a soup plant, and his eventual solution (aside from ten bottles of perfume) is to bring pieces of the body to work to dispose of in the meat grinder (or rather large fancy looking mailbox). So that is where the cannibal part comes in, just in case you were wondering. The great part is that he isn't the cannibal, in fact he's repulsed by the idea which gives this another dimension. No matter how I describe this I assure you it's even more entertaining than I can get across but this is a lost gem and a must see.

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