Celebrating the Tasty, Tasty Human: Five Cannibal Film Favorites
The American remake of We Are What We Are (review) hits VOD on December 17, and while the Mexican thriller of the same name is superior, Jim Mickle’s take on ritualistic cannibalism is a damned fine film in its own right and certainly one of the better cannibal-centric movies to come out recently.
Making a list of the “best” cannibal movies out there is a fool’s errand, if only because it invariably leads to someone saying I have no idea what I’m talking about because I left this film or that film off the list, prompting me to question everything I know and love. You proud of yourself now?
Therefore, instead of a “Best Cannibal Films” list, I’m treating you to a list of my favorite cannibal-centric movies. And no, Cannibal Holocaust is not on the list ‘cause that movie is gross and made me leave the room twice while watching it. And I sat through the entirety of From Justin to Kelly so you know it must have been vile enough if it made me walk out.
Ravenous: I don’t care what anyone says; Antonia Bird’s incredibly underrated film Ravenous is the best cannibal movie ever made. A subtly brilliant critique of Catholicism by way of the Wendigo myth during the Mexican-American War, Ravenous follows Guy Pearce as Captain John Boyd, a soldier relocated to a remote outpost in the Sierra Nevadas. While there, he and his new motley crew are visited by the seemingly starving Colqhoun, played by Robert Carlyle, who tells a tale of murder and cannibalism. Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn’s beautiful score was one of the first soundtracks I ever purchased (the second was Moulin Rouge! ‘cause fuck you, that movie is awesome) and remains a favorite of many to this day. Sadly, director Antonia Bird, who replaced the film’s original helmer at the insistence of Carlyle, recently passed away so go watch this one in her honor.