Devil Hunter is a 1980 Spanish/West German horror feature film directed by Jesus Franco [as Clifford Brown]; has also been released as The Devil Hunter, Chasseurs d’Hommes, Jungfrau under Kannibalen, The Man Hunter, Mandingo Manhunter. The movie stars Ursula Buchfellner, Werner Pochath and Al Cliver.
88 Films is releasing Devil Hunter on Blu-ray in the UK on April 8, 2019. The release has been restored for its digital release (see “grading” video below).
A Vietnam veteran heads to an island inhabited by cannibals to save a kidnapped model not only from her kidnappers, but also from the cannibals’ lurking devil god…
The demon’s bug-eyes were apparently created with ping-pong balls that had tiny holes poked in them to allow the actor to see.
This movie is often confused with Jesús Franco’s similar movie from the same year, White Cannibal Queen (aka Cannibals) as the plot is similar and it also features Al Cliver.
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“It really isn’t that gory or as shocking as most of the other entries into the cannibal cycle, but it certainly isn’t boring. It has enough quirks and unintentional humor to make it a worthy addition to anyone either collecting Jess Franco movies or attempting to watch all of the video nasties. It remains a tantalizingly tasteless example of fascinating Franco.” Shock Till You Drop
“It sounds good, but keep in mind the thin film of slime, shocking scenarios, subcutaneous racism and plentiful nudity are all tempered by pathetic, woeful gore, and utter lack of tension, acres of tedium and cannibal-god action so grating you’ll want to tear the DVD out of its player and slash your TV-screen to ribbons before doing the same thing to yourself.” DVD Talk
The Devil Hunter was briefly available in the UK as a pre-cert (and now very rare) VHS on the Cinehollywood label before being banned and placed on the DPP list of official so-called ‘video nasties‘. It is probably still one of the top five most expensive collectible nasty video tapes. Devil Hunter was finally passed fully uncut by the BBFC in 2008.
- Ursula Buchfellner
- Werner Pochath – The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire; Bloodlust; Terror Express!
- Al Cliver – The Black Cat; The Beyond; Zombie Flesh Eaters; White Cannibal Queen
- Antonio Mayans – Zombies’ Lake; Oasis of the Zombies; 2014 remake of Vampyres