Celebrating the Tasty, Tasty Human: Five Cannibal Film Favorites

Frontiere(s): Xavier Gens’ French thriller, in which a group of criminals escaping riots end up in the clutches of a group of cannibalistic neo-Nazis, is one of my favorites. Excessively violent and filled to the brim with the requisite blood and guts, the film pays direct homage to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in one of its most amazing scenes. Preceding it, however, is yet another absolutely gut-wrenching moment involving the protagonist, played by Karina Testa, and the young actress Maude Forget, who tearfully explains how she came to be involved with the cannibal clan. Through the blood and gore that pervade the film is an absolutely beautiful movie filled with incredible performances, and it should not be missed.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: Inspired in part by prolific serial killer Ed Gein, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is essential viewing, at least for me. While the cannibalistic tendencies of Leatherface and his family are more subdued, the film’s dinner scene, wherein the family gathers around the kitchen table with Sally, only to be served her friends by a transvestite Leatherface, has become one of the most iconic scenes in horror film history and thus cements this classic a spot on this list.



Terminal's picture

"And no, Cannibal Holocaust is not on the list ‘cause that movie is gross and made me leave the room twice while watching it."

Wow. Very hardcore, man.

And what's "Justin the Kelly"?

Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 9:25am.
frank_dracman's picture

I believe he's referring to the 2003 classic, From Justin to Kelly. Don't ask me how I know that.

Anyway, maybe he didn't watch it because of the graphic animal violence. That I can understand. The turtle scene may be too much for an animal lover to handle. Hell, I'm jaded as fuck and it still makes me squirm. Still a good, and not to mention important, horror movie.

Submitted by frank_dracman on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 11:20am.
Brad McHargue's picture

Not many things bother me, but a couple scenes definitely caused me to leave the room.

But yeah, it's a list of my favorites. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST isn't a favorite; ergo, I excluded it. Not discounting how important the film is to the genre, however. It definitely is. I just don't really care for it, at least when compared to the other films.

Submitted by Brad McHargue on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:54pm.
Terminal's picture

It's THE Cannibal movie. The exclusion of it for the inclusion of "Alive" is absurd. "Cannibal Holocaust" isn't JUST about cannibals. It has much more subtext than that. And it's also kind of weird to see a list about cannibal movies only for the writer to say "Ew, the Cannibal Holocaust movie was gross! Ew! Ew!"

Submitted by Terminal on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 3:07pm.
Brad McHargue's picture

It's a list of my favorite cannibal movies, not a list of the best. There's a difference.

Submitted by Brad McHargue on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:52pm.
Cinemascribe's picture

"And, no, Cannibal Holocaust isn't on this list because that movie is gross and made me leave the room twice while watching it."

Aaaannnd that's where I lost interest.

Moving on.

Submitted by Cinemascribe on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 6:38am.
Brad McHargue's picture

Again, a list of my favorites, not a list of the best. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST is no doubt the best in the "cannibal" sub-genre, I'm just not too fond of it.

Submitted by Brad McHargue on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:52pm.

oh my god i love cannibal movies but the only i seen on this list is the taxes chainsaw massacre

Submitted by horrorlover96 on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 2:04am.

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