Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
It's a classic tale, isn't it? The one where a Nam vet goes to a deserted island and tries to save a model from cannibals and their evil god? Yeah, it is truly a fairy tale.
Is it good movie?
Although I consider myself to be a fan of the horror genre, I will not lie- I find these old exploitation horror flicks pretty difficult to watch. This isn't because they're gruesome or nasty, but because I have a pretty hard time relating to them. The acting is usually awful and although there are plenty of tits and blood that doesn't mean I want to sit through it for a few hours.
With that being said, Devil Hunter is no real exception to the old, terrible horror movie rule. Coming from the famous screw-loose director Jess Franco, this one is slightly off the wall. There really isn't much plot to deal with- there's a mean cannibal with ping pong ball eyes (seriously) who has kidnapped some movie star and would like to eat her.
Al Cliver is our hero, who is motivated by a cut of the ransom money (and a pretty terrible cut, considering). He's awful too. At one point in the film, he actually falls on his ass- I'm not kidding, he falls over and the director left it in the movie, why? The effects are awful too, as this one sports some of the worst blood effects and some of the worst 'flesh' and gore scenes I've ever seen including a truly terrible beheading.
There are also plenty of boobs, in almost every scene. But really now, this movie is terrible and there's no being saved by boobs no matter how plentiful. The dialogue is awful, the editing is bizarrely terrible, the blood is pink, the gore is hilarious and the enemies have PING PONG BALL EYES. What more do you want to know?
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.85.1 widescreen and the original film looked terrible. This one looks as good as it can, but it's an ugly print to begin with.
Audio comes in Dolby Digital 5.1 and is really hissy and muddled.
We only get one extra here, and it's an interview with Franco himself. It runs about 15 minutes long. Franco is a hideous, hideous man who looks like an aging Cuban drug dealer from the movies. He goes fairly in depth and tries to explain where he was coming from but even this added context doesn't help much.
Devil Hunter (originally called SEXO CANIBAL-a way better title) is a terrible film. It has lots of wieners and boobs and terrible gore and laughable action. It's not entertaining unless you love bizarrely awful films. Besides die hard collectors, who could like something like this, ping pong fanatics?