Cannibal (2006)

Warning: This film is not for the faint of heart. Based on the horrifying real-life account of Armin Meiwes, CANNIBAL tells the story of a vicious Internet predator who preys on homosexual men online. He is secretly searching for a partner that will share in his ultimate sexual fantasy: to eat a man alive. What follows is a disgusting, disturbing, and utterly shocking descent into the darkest recesses of the human mind that is fully unrestrained. Marian Dora takes a daring approach in directing this as an art house picture and not a straight horror film, which gives it a gritty sense of realism with a voyeuristic style. With virtually no dialog, Dora is left to rely solely on the physical performances of her male leads to carry the film. Carsten Frank and Victor Brandl fully commit to the lurid sex scenes and revolting acts of gross bodily harm, going far beyond the call of duty while performing the unspeakable deeds in sickening detail. It is not the sight of male homosexuality that so alarming, but rather the pornographic intensity of the sex and violence that is enough to initiate the gag reflex in even the most hardened veterans of shock cinema. Unfortunately, Dora makes a fatal error by crossing over into the exploitation genre in the final act, where she allows her shots to linger on the gratuitous gore for sheer reaction. CANNIBAL will NOT appeal to all audiences based on the graphic content, but horror extremists that are looking for the next big thrill after NEKROMANTIK will find it here.

Rating: 8/10.

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  1. I passed on this one for whatever reason back when it came out. The same company also released BLACK SUN: THE NANKING MASSACRE the nauseating sequel to MEN BEHIND THE SUN, the CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST of the 1980s. Good, concise review, Carl!

  2. This one is out of my price range for now, but I would make the buy. I just got BONE SICKNESS for some reason from Unearthed, it was $0.16, about what it is worth. Try to catch this one if you can V, it is gut-wrenching but morbidly captivating.

  3. This flick is on many most sick twisted flicks lists. Maybe if I feel like going over the edge again with my fringe horror, I'll watch it.

  4. JV I am pretty sure I learned about the film from you originally, so a big thanks on the recommendation! Took me a while to get to it lol..