A Canadian b-movie at it's finest! I really liked this movie, the look, sound and feel are classic 70's horror flick, perfectly vintage. The moustaches are quintessentially retro. Newer movies can only wish to achieve this genuine, authentic campiness. Cannibal Girls came before other Canadian classics like Black Christmas and The Changeling, two of my personal favourites and paved the way for many others in the genre.
The story is simple enough, as were all slasher flicks of the era. It's a story of a couple who end up at a restaurant with a strange owner and his brood of hungry sirens, a weird menu, and a theatrical ambiance. There are the usual cast of characters along the way that are vital to any b-movie. A man looks for his missing sister and needs to be "taken care of", the old woman innkeeper who tells the couple of the cannibalistic legend and history of the restaurant setting up the story for the viewer, and the creepy townspeople who protect the small town's dirty little secret. The basis of the story, women seducing and luring men to their demise is an age old story. With a movie called Cannibal Girls, you know what to expect...girls and gore, I mean the tag line for this flick was "These girls do exactly what you think they do"...enough said. Alas, the gory scenes are pretty tame by many horror fans' standards, old and new, and could certainly be bloodier. I will say that it does have a few memorably gross scenes; the three girls eating a man alive after handcuffing him to a bed and pouring blood on his chest and abdomen, a nauseating butcher shop full of "fresh" meats, and the double fisted gorging on a meat feast, extra saucy for a super-gross effect. But not to worry, plenty of T&A for the boys.
When I decided to do this site and have restaurant and food movie reviews, I knew I had to include this one. As I've said before, I love horror movies and restaurant movies, so when I can have both in the same flick, I'm a happy camper. Another bonus, is the appearance of fellow Canadian, Eugene Levy, who I absolutely adore and Andrea Martin too, of course. Although, they aren't in their usual funny comedic "SCTV-esque" roles, they add a quirky, awkward humour to their characters anyway, and the whole flick is full of subtle, dark humour. Another mentionable, while most movies try to be American, I love that there is no effort to hide the Canadian-ness of this flick. You can plainly see a Canadian flag, Toronto is mentioned, and there are more than a few eh’s tossed in, too. What do I take away from this movie? Well, I guess, if you work in a restaurant and your boss is reluctant to tell you what the special meat is...run!