GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller Music directorFernando Garcia Morcillo CountrySpain
Release date1973 (1973) WriterEloy de la Iglesia (story), Eloy de la Iglesia (screenplay), Antonio Fos (screenplay), Dick Randall (dialogue: US version) CastVicente Parra (Marcos), Emma Cohen (Paula), Eusebio Poncela (Néstor), Charly Bravo (Esteban), Fernando Sánchez Polack (Señor Ambrosio), Lola Herrera (Carmen) Similar moviesThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Mad Max: Fury Road, I Spit on Your Grave III: Vengeance is Mine, Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker, Delirium, Cannibal Terror
TaglineWhen the butcher goes berserk....
The cannibal man 1973 trailer
The Cannibal Man (Spanish La Semana del asesino, literally "Week of the Killer") is a 1972 horror film, directed by Eloy de la Iglesia and written by de la Iglesia and Antonio Fos. Despite the international title, the film contains no scenes of cannibalism.
The film was featured on the British Director of Public Prosecutions' list of "Video Nasties".
After accidentally killing a taxicab driver, Marcos (Vicente Parra), a young man who works as a butcher, wants to cover up his crime. Marcos's girlfriend Paula (Emma Cohen), the only witness, wishes to go to the police, so he strangles her. Marcos finds himself killing others, including members of his family, as they become suspicious of his actions, butchering his victims' remains at his workplace in order to dispose of the bodies.
TV Guide opined that "this bloody, politically inflected drama is not at all what the exploitative English-language title suggests. [...] Though the US title suggests a zombie gut-cruncher and the marketing campaign was designed to make Eloy de la Iglesia's film look like a Last House on the Left (1972) knock-off, The Cannibal Man is both a study of an apparently ordinary person spiraling into madness and a slyly satirical evocation of life in Spain under the oppressive Franco regime."
Vicente Parra - Marcos
Emma Cohen - Paula
Eusebio Poncela - Néstor
Vicky Lagos - Rosa
Lola Herrera - Carmen
Charly Bravo - Esteban
Fernando Sánchez Polack - Señor Ambrosio
Goyo Lebrero - Taxista
Ismael Merlo - Jefe de personal
Rafael Hernández - Agustín
José Franco - Tendero
Valentín Tornos - Obrero
Antonio Orengo - Camarero
Antonio Corencia - Obrero burlón
Antonio del Real - Obrero burlón
PopMatters called the film "a refreshing forgotten gem". DVD Verdict called it "an extremely well-made Euro thriller with welcome social commentary and subtext. Suspenseful, disturbing and graphically violent, the film succeeds in its depictions of both physical and psychological horror."