Cannibal (2006)


AKA: Cannibal – Aus dem Tagebuch des Kannibalen
Year: 2006
Directed by: Marian Dora
Starring: Carsten Frank (Cannibal), Victor Brandl (Flesh)
Country: Germany, European Cinema
Language: English
Runtime: 01:29:05
Genres: Based on a True Story, Cannibalism, Sexual-Violence against Men, Gore-Gruesome-Splatter, Gay, Internet Perversions

Plot – Spoilers:
Cannibal has Marian Dora’s staple atmosphere and squishy crawlies but offers a more straightforward plot and linear narrative. It is based quite closely on the Rotenburg Cannibal, Armin Meiwes.

A lonely gay man who often watches snuff films and videos of animal slaughter is overcome by an irresistible urge to eat a willing male victim. He hangs around chatrooms and meets potential meals, but they all eventually back out or don’t fit his menu. Finally his luck turns a corner and an eager man who refers to himself as ‘Flesh’ turns up with just one condition – “I don’t want to suffer.”

The Flesh is more enthusiastic about his looming death and even assumes a dominant role when they fuck, while the Cannibal finds himself chickening out and worse, is repulsed by the taste of Flesh’s cock.

Flesh is disappointed and asks to be dropped back to the train station. But that’s only the halfway mark in the movie…

Random Thoughts:
This is a great effed up movie for a number of reasons, but mostly for two:
1. With Cannibal, you get a de-glamorized and de-sanitized take on effed up scenarios. The shit that you’d actually have to be insensitive to is captured pretty well here.

2. Cannibal also details an oft-overlooked aspect – it’s one thing to have a fantasy, another to actually follow it through.

However, by the end of the movie, you wonder if the Cannibal having crossed certain boundaries will be as loving and concerned about his next victim’s needs, and more importantly, if his next victim will necessarily be a consensual one.

5 thoughts on “Cannibal (2006)

  • January 18, 2019 at 7:06 am

    “He hangs around chatrooms and meets potential ‘meals’”.

    Some editing required…

  • October 3, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Goddamnit, I got tricked into watching gay porn.
    Eh, it’s an “okay” movie.

  • October 18, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Unless we get VERY lucky and someone leeks the tape, This is as close as we’re gonna get to seeing the “Process”
    I’m just getting to know Marion Dora, I’m excited to see his other works. Hope to see all of them by the years end.
    Over all, fine film. The actors were convincing and I actually felt uncomfortable the first few times watching. It seems like an interesting point of conversation. We all have thoughts, don’t we?

  • December 29, 2019 at 2:29 am

    My favorite horror film.

  • February 19, 2020 at 3:17 am

    Stunning film. The homosexual pieces, while repulsive to me, are shot in a way that eroticizes death. Extremely well done in every aspect. The most astounding piece of the film is the sound. The sound is amongst the best I’ve heard in modern cinema. At times, there are three layers of sound to be heard: the ambience of the actual goings on, a soundtrack of some type (be it music or literally just sounds being made instruments), and a third track of barely audible noise- coyotes howling, low frequency low amplitude pitch, and other similar occurrences. This third track is something unique to this film and it is astounding what a difference it makes. Bravo to the director.

    As always, thank you to the folks at effed up for hosting this content. Without their dedication to preserving extreme cinema, I wouldn’t have seen this. Thanks!


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