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").
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