Devil Hunter (film)

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Devil Hunter (aka Man Hunter)
Devil Hunter DVD cover.jpg
Severin Films 2008 DVD cover
Directed by Jesús Franco (as Clifford Brown)
Produced by Julián Esteban (as Julián Esteban Gómez)
Daniel Lesoeur
Karl Spiehs
Screenplay by Julián Esteban (as Julius Valery)
Jesús Franco (as Clifford Brown)
Story by Julián Esteban (as Julius Valery)
Starring Al Cliver
Ursula Buchfellner
Music by Jesús Franco (as Jess Franco)
Cinematography Juan Soler
Edited by Nicole Guettard
Federico Vich
J.E. Films (Julian Esteban Films)
Release date
  • December 5, 1980 (1980-12-05) (West Germany)
Running time
102 min.
Country West Germany
Language German

Devil Hunter (also known as Man Hunter, Mandingo Manhunter and Sexo Caníbal) is a 1980 splatter film directed by Jesús Franco under the pseudonym "Clifford Brown" and written by Franco and Julián Esteban (under the pseudonym Julius Valery). It was shot back-to-back with Franco's Mondo Cannibale (also 1980). It is one of the infamous "Video Nasties" that was banned in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.

Lina Romay co-directed this film, while Franco's first wife Nicole Guettard edited it. This shows that Franco was still with Nicole as late as 1980. (Eventually they broke up and she was replaced in Franco's life by Lina Romay.) Pierre Chevalier was the art director on this film.


The film was released on 5 December 1980 in West Germany as Jungfrau unter Kannibalen, and in Spain as Sexo Canibal. It was theatrically released in the USA, England and Italy as The Man Hunter, but was later released to video in the U.K. as Devil Hunter. It also appeared on USA video as Mandingo Manhunter. It was banned as a video nasty in the United Kingdom in the early 1980s.

Critical reception[edit]

Devil Hunter has been critically panned. Kurt Dahlke of DVD Talk called it a "horrible, trying piece of dreck that should have remained legendary and lost. That said, it's pretty fun stuff."[1] DVD Verdict, similarly, called the film "trash" and writing that "the storyline is threadbare and the characters are idiots (the horrid dubbing makes their dialogue endlessly entertaining) but Jess Franco does not hesitate in blasting out the nipples and bloodshed."[2]


  • Al Cliver as Peter Weston
  • Ursula Buchfellner as Laura Crawford (as Ursula Fellner)
  • Antonio Mayans as Jack (as Robert Foster)
  • Antonio de Cabo as Thomas
  • Bertrand Altmann as The Devil (as Burt Altman)
  • Gisela Hahn as Jane
  • Muriel Montossé as Girl on Yacht (as Victoria Adams)
  • Werner Pochath as Chris
  • Melo Costa as Pablito (as Leonardo Costa)
  • Aline Mess as Cannibal Priestess (as Lynn Mess)
  • Claude Boisson as Cannibal Chief


  1. ^ Dahlke, Kurt (25 October 2008). "Devil Hunter : DVD Talk of the DVD Video". DVD Talk. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  2. ^ Johnson, David (14 November 2008). "DVD Verdict Review – Devil Hunter". DVD Verdict. Archived from the original on 31 August 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.

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