AKA: Cannibal – Aus dem Tagebuch des Kannibalen
Directed by: Marian Dora
Starring: Carsten Frank (Cannibal), Victor Brandl (Flesh)
Country: Germany, European Cinema
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…
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.