Celebrating the Tasty, Tasty Human: Five Cannibal Film Favorites

Cannibal: The Musical: About a decade ago I was home for Christmas break from college, and I watched Trey Parker’s Cannibal: The Musical every single day for two weeks. I know every song by heart and can quote almost the entire movie. Released by Troma, this is a pre-"South Park" film, though Cartman’s singing voice makes a special appearance if you listen closely enough. It’s hilarious and a cult favorite, and for the life of me I can’t understand why sing-a-longs don’t occur on a regular basis in Denver. I mean, seriously. Enough with Rocky Horror.

Alive: It’s not a horror film, I know, but Frank Marshall’s Alive, based on the true events of a Uruguayan rugby team that turns to cannibalism after their plane crashes in the Andes Mountains, is one of my favorite “cannibal” films (if you can accurately call it one).  It focuses on the depths man will go to when faced with the struggle to survive, and while it’s certainly not a scary film, the approach toward cannibalism is as real as it gets.

We Are What We Are, the acclaimed new masterpiece from director Jim Mickle, arrives December 17th on VOD; look for it on Blu-ray and DVD on January 7, 2014, from Entertainment One (eOne).

A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage; Mysterious Skin, American Psycho) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters, Iris (Ambyr Childers; The Master, Gangster Squad) and Rose (Julia Garner; The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Martha Marcy May Marlene), are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family.

As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years. In his vivid re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name, director Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street, Stake Land) paints a gruesome and suspenseful portrait of an introverted family struggling to keep their macabre traditions alive, giving us something we can really sink our teeth into.

Also starring in this tension-filled shocker are Michael Parks (Kill Bill, "Twin Peaks"), Kelly McGillis (Top Gun, Witness, The Innkeepers) and Kassie DePaiva ("One Life to Live").

We Are What We Are

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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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