|1980's Cannibal Holocaust|
There are a whole lot of films out there about cannibals, it's actually quite amazing. A staggering list of movies from C.H.U.D. to Bad Taste to the infamous Cannibal Holocaust - movies in which people eat other people, or at the very least a few of their parts, are absolutely everywhere. There's no way to make a mention of all the cannibal movies I've seen over the course of my life. I am distressed, distraught and downright disturbed pretty much every time I watch one. I can't look away, however. It's a curse. Like everything that scares me, I seek them out.
And so, a list of some of the films that have caused me mental anguish over the last couple of decades.
E-gads, this is one nasty piece of film. Just the fact that the
alternate title is "Make Them Die Slowly" should speak volumes
about its content. Besides, I always get a lump in my throat
when I see folks eating the grey matter. Ugh.
|Dawn of the Dead|
Zombie films are their own brand of cannibal films, aren't they?
I mean, all zombies want to do is consume the living, which
when you think about it, slaps them smack dab in the middle of
cannibal-central. And this one... classic.
|In My Skin|
This is a very disturbing movie from France a few years ago that
I really couldn't wrap my head around. A woman becomes
so obsessed with a wound on her body that it escalates into self mutilation
|True Blood (tv)|
Always pushing the envelope, True Blood pushed it as far as
it ever had when Tara and Eggs were fed a scrumptious pot pie
made with a human heart. Pass the salt.
|The Texas Chainsaw Massacre|
Even though it's a favorite of mine, the scene in TCM where they
are all sitting around the dinner table still makes me want to yack.
I can't even bring myself to discuss this film.
Google it if you want to know more.
|The Silence of the Lambs|
Truly one of the best films I've ever seen, its distressing content
cannot be denied. After all, the dude is Hannibal the Cannibal.
Kind of says it all, doesn't it?
...in which Anthony Hopkins makes Ray Liotta eat his own brains.
And without the Chianti.
In which there is a spot-on, truly inspired cameo of Ruggero
Deodato, the director of the godfather of cannibal films:
The 1980 trendsetter, if it can be called that, is not only a
"video nasty", but just a downright gross experience, if for nothing else
but the actual animal deaths that we are forced to watch.
I've only seen it a few times, and truth be told, I can't envision
a scenario in which I need to see it again. If I need to see naked
undiscovered tribes going about their business, I'll just turn on
the National Geographic Channel. Thanks.
"You are who you eat"
Consuming people's hearts to gain power. It's been done many
times in film, but Angel Heart is an elite example of it.
Just what was going on in that hotel room? Ask Mickey
Rourke and Robert DeNiro. They know.