THE CANNIBAL CLUB (2018) Reviews and overview

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‘Nothing like a home cooked meal’

The Cannibal Club is a 2018 Brazilian comedy horror feature film written and directed by Guto Parente. The Tardo Filmes production stars Tavinho Teixeira, Ana Luiza Rios, Pedro Domingues and Zé Maria.


” …the film does move at a snail’s pace in certain instances and does no justice for those seeking a bit of an introspective peek at the individuals who make up this conglomeration of skin munchers that fill the club’s ranks. The saving grace of this film is the work performed by the leading dastardly duo of Rios and Teixeira…” Brainwaves

“With a short runtime of 81 minutes, Guto Parente packs an elephant into a suitcase. If you have the palate for distaste… this is a feast […] Loved it.” CGiii

“You go into a movie called The Cannibal Club expecting that it will turn your stomach. It will, but not to the degree that you’d assume. Viscera flow in just a couple key scenes, expertly shot and effectively edited for some of the most—forgive me—tasty gore that you’re likely to find…” Cinebiter

“It’s not a dog-eat-dog world, it’s a few dogs eating all the other dogs: the kind of thing that tends to lead to heads in buckets and corpses hanging off bridges. The gore is relatively spare but beautifully executed and the performances, pitched as types and moods more than deep characterizations, are committed.” Film Freak Central

“…Parente and Lanthimos perhaps share similar aims in wryly jabbing at elusive social power-holders and their oppression of the oblivious, but pure working classes. For all its transitory silliness and occasional dullness, there’s nevertheless something satisfying about seeing the self-destructive nature of desperate power play, quite literally, laid bare.” Film Inquiry

“By the end (which is inevitable and deeply unsurprising), The Cannibal Club loses a lot of its intended satirical effect. Although a humorous diversion and a good laugh at the rich, it never goes beyond its surface-level Hannibal-esque pleasures to see what really lies beneath. In other words, this dish is cold.” Goomba Stomp

“Parente’s script deliberately eschews subtlety, but his stylish direction — making particularly effective use of Fernando Catatau’s sleazy, jazzy score — sugars the tartness of the medicine with a superficially sophisticated but essentially vulgar glaze.” The Hollywood Reporter

” …The Cannibal Club feels like a bit of a missed opportunity. The dark comedy isn’t there enough to make this some kind of satirical comedy, instead, it might just make you smirk every now and then. And the main story just seems to scratch the surface of something that could have been much more.” Nerdly

“Some of the film’s barbs are obviously meant for its homeland. But in a world where the divide between the rich and everyone else continues to widen most of its points are very universal. And on that level alone it should resonate with audiences everywhere. On the strictly cinematic level, it moves seamlessly from biting satire to tense horror without compromising either. It’s a brash, explicit, in your face film that isn’t watered down and doesn’t play it safe.” Voices from the Balcony

The Cannibal Club is blatant, vulgar, unrefined without a lot of the needed artistic expression. It’s gratuitous for gratuities sake. It goes for shock value but we’ve seen it all before. A cannibalistic society is built Fuad Ramses would gladly be part of. Even with language barriers some performances are obviously limited.” Without Your Head


Uncork’d Entertainment released The Cannibal Club theatrically on March 1, 2019, and it was available On Demand from March 5, 2019.

Original title: 

O Clube dos Canibais


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