As the leaves change color and the air turns crisp, it's time to indulge in some spooky and delicious entertainment. What better way to celebrate the fall season, when so many of us come together for large family meals, than with a list of tasty cannibal cult movie recommendations? It may seem odd (especially considering I'm a vegetarian, myself), but the horror subgenre of Cannibal Creepers is one of my favorite to explore. These films are sure to satisfy your cravings for both horror and dark humor - making them maybe appropriate for family gatherings? (Probably not, though). Grab some popcorn or stuffing and get ready for some gory recs.
1. "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974)
This classic horror film is a must-watch for any fan of the genre. Follow a group of friends as they stumble upon a family of cannibals in the Texas countryside. With its horoscope-fueled atmosphere and showcasing iconic chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, this movie will have you on the edge of your seat and is a nice introduction to the cannibal movie themes.
2. "Cannibal Holocaust" (1980)
Prepare yourself for a controversial and disturbing journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest. This found-footage video nasty follows a documentary crew as they encounter a tribe of cannibals. Not for the faint of heart, "Cannibal Holocaust" pushes the boundaries of horror and explores the dark side of human nature (and, unfortunately, features real animal deaths - proceed with caution).
3. "Ravenous" (1999)
A personal favorite of mine, this gore fest is set in the 19th century. A darkly comedic horror film that tells the story of a group of soldiers stationed at a remote outpost. When a stranger arrives with a tale of cannibalism, the soldiers must confront their own desires and the terrifying truth. With its unique blend of horror and humor, "Ravenous" is a feast for the senses.
4. "We Are What We Are" (2013)
In this atmospheric thriller, a family of cannibals struggles to maintain their gruesome traditions after the death of their patriarch. As tensions rise and secrets are revealed, the family must decide whether to embrace their dark heritage or find a way to escape it. It's a thought-provoking and chilling exploration of family dynamics - and carving your own path in life (pun intended).
5. "Raw" (2016)
This French-Belgian horror film follows a young vegetarian student who develops a taste for human flesh after a hazing ritual gone wrong. As her cravings intensify, she must navigate the complexities of her newfound appetite while dealing with the consequences of her actions. It's as visually stunning as it is visceral - and a thrilling exploration of desire and identity.
6. Cannibal (2006)
A movie that doesn't shy away from the gruesome details. Inspired by true stories of erotic cannibalistic fantasy chat rooms, this film showcases a tight bond between gore and loneliness. If you can stomach the imagery, you'll find a sad exploration of desire for belonging and closeness.
7. Trouble Every Day (2001)
This French horror film effortlessly combines eroticism with cannibalism. This movie explores the dark side of desire as a pair become consumed by their insatiable hunger for human flesh. It's a twisted tale of love, lust, and cannibalistic cravings that will leave you questioning your own desires. This cemented my love for Beatrice Dalle - when you see her sucking out a victim's last breath, you'll fall too.
8. Cannibal: The Musical (1993)
If you're looking to lighten the mood a bit, try this classic with a musical twist. "Cannibal: The Musical" is a comedic take on the true story of Alfred Packer, the only person ever convicted of cannibalism in America. This film, directed by none other than Trey Parker (of "South Park" fame), is a hilarious romp through the Old West, complete with catchy tunes and plenty of blood. It's a cannibal cult movie like no other, and you'll find yourself singing (and laughing) as the body count rises.
9. Blood Diner (1987)
If you're hungry for more comedic takes on this sub-genre (pun intended, again and again), "Blood Diner" is the perfect dish to satisfy your cravings. This 1987 horror-comedy follows two brothers who run a "vegetarian" restaurant by day, and serve up human body parts by night. It's a campy, over-the-top feast of gore and dark humor that will leave you simultaneously disgusted and entertained.
10. Hannibal (2001)
Last but certainly not least, we have the granddaddy of all cannibal cult movies: "Hannibal." This iconic film brings to life one of the most infamous cannibals in cinematic history, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. With Anthony Hopkins delivering a chilling performance, "Hannibal" takes us on a thrilling journey into the mind of a cannibalistic serial killer. It's a masterpiece of suspense, horror, and culinary delights (if you consider human flesh a delicacy).
I hope you can sink your teeth into some of these classics this fall! Whether you're a horror aficionado or just looking for something new to feast your eyes on, these films are sure to satisfy your appetite for both scares and dark humor. Just remember, it's all in good fun (even if there's a little bit of blood).
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