Season 1 of NBC’s hit show “Hannibal” is making its way onto Blu-ray and DVD this week. In celebration of this release, we’ve dug into the archives and come up with a list of the Top 9 Cannibals in Horror!
If the old adage is true and we indeed are what we eat, then that statement could not be more spot on than with the characters in the films collected here. We’ve assembled some fine cannibals, both young and old, for you to chew on. We’ve got some traditional tribal cannibals, people unknowingly cannibalizing, and a few other unique entries. Dig in!
We kick off with some honorable mentions. Many may not remember it, but Sin City featured a cannibal in the character Kevin. The deformed baddies in the Wrong Turn series never met a rump roast they didn’t like. From the dramatic in Alive to the ridiculous in Cannibal! The Musical, we’ve got all kinds of notable films about human flesh eaters. Proving it’s true that a family that cannibalizes together stays together was the movie We Are What We Are. And who could forget the over-the-top violence of Cannibal Ferox?
And now, on to…
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2
Although it was hinted at in the original film, it wasn’t until The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 that we really saw The Sawyer Clan’s cannibalistic tendencies. And not only did they partake themselves, but Drayton Sawyer won several local chili cookoffs using their special meat. You’ve just gotta ‘watch out for those hardshell peppercorns.’ The Sawyers indeed knew their meat!
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Yes, Sweeney Todd is the star of this production, but whether you are watching one of the films or a stage version of Sweeney Todd, it’s Mrs. Lovett (played by Helena Bonham Carter in the recent Tim Burton movie) that really gets Todd’s murderous juices flowing. Facing a shortage of meat and money, Mrs. Lovett decides it’d be a shame to waste the body of a man Sweeney Todd killed in a rage so she decides to grind it up and serve it in her meat pie restaurant. It worked so well they decided to do it again and again and again. Karma does come back and bite her in the butt, but business sure was booming for a while.
With highlights like Farmer Vincent’s classic chainsaw duel and the appearance of John Ratzenberger as a member of punk rock band Ivan and the Terribles, as well as a Wolfman Jack sighting, Motel Hell is a classic. And we all remember that Farmer Vincent had the tastiest meats in town. Why would that be? Well, he’s got a garden full of people buried up to their heads in his backyard. Kind of like a new way to develop veal. And we discover that murder is just one of his crimes: This bastard was also using preservatives in his meats even though he claimed not to be! Preservatives! The audacity! Motel Hell was a riotous romp with an unforgettable performance by Rory Calhoun as our favorite cannibalistic farmer.