Georgina Thereshkova (Linnea Quigley) is the beautiful head of a Mob crime family controlling drugs, pornography and prostitution. The police are powerless to stop Georgina's criminal activities and to her family and rivals she appears all but untouchable. But a dark secret is catching up with Georgina which threatens to shatter the stability of her organisation. Quinn, a figure from her past has arrived on her turf bent on revenge as he cuts a bloody swathe through Georgina's allies. Georgina's operation grows ever more vulnerable as the police investigation headed by Inspector Reed (Lucien Morgan) and Kavanagh (Steven Craine) starts to expose the full, terrible nature of her crimes. Kannibal builds to a shattering climax as the consequences of Georgina's past force a dramatic showdown between Georgina, the police and the murderous Quinn.
Richard Driscoll writes, directs, produces and has the starring role in this homage to Hannibal Lector films. I use the word homage loosely, because it veers on being a reimagining, parody, imitation and curio. To take on such a variety of roles, there must be a certain amount of self-belief, especially as the film being interpreted is one widely recognised as a classic, with a world famous, award-winning actor playing the role Mr Driscoll has given himself.
Like Driscoll’s other horror, ‘Evil Calls/The Raven/The Legend of Harrow Woods (2008)’, there are moments of a good production, but here they are less refined and fewer in number. The acting varies, but one thing is for certain, Driscoll’s performance as Kavanagh is woeful. He is simply a non-actor trying to speak like Anthony Hopkins. Whatever scene he is in, it is sunk by his performance.
And yet his is not the worst performance here. Lucien Morgan’s monocle-sporting Inspector Reed is impossible to describe. So far off the scale that it defies words.
The story is of a man’s killing spree in revenge for his wife’s death. The story is sprawling, but not uninteresting. And the look of ‘Kannibal’ is mostly very impressive – this isn’t a slipshod effort in directorial terms by any means, and has clearly had a great deal of time and money placed upon it. The effects, of which there are many, are delightfully gruesome and the smattering of vivid sex-scenes add further sleazy spice. What emerges is a picture that is a bit of an enigma – a mixture of the obscure, dramatic, blatant, graphic, confident and bizarre.