Human Cannibalism Videos?
We had no idea that there were so many cannibalism movies on the market until we started researching this page about films about cannibalism. Turns out that cannibalism movies are a big genre.
Bloody Shoes I,II & III
This is a Hong Kong horror series centered around a serial killer who skins and tans his victims so they can be made into high end women's shoes. A little more pornographic than American slasher movies and about as interesting. There are at least three of these but I doubt you'll make through even one of them. Not technically a cannibal film but they do put human body parts to good use. Cantonese. 2003.
The Green Butchers
De Grønne Slagter is a 2003 Danish cannibal film recommended by Sonya who swears it is both dark and funny. Let us know if you have a copy you'd like to lend us.
Starting in New York in the 1980's, Cannibal Holocaust quickly flips to some stock footage of the Amazon followed by a group of forest folk having a human snack. Apparently a sensationalist film crew has gone missing in the jungle, and a group of investigators were hired to search for them. In the end they find a few skeletons and hours of gruesome footage. Directed by Ruggero Deodato, the original is probably in Italian. Our copy came from a Peruvian flea market so it was dubbed in Spanish. Cannibal Holocause is filled with gore, violence, spiders, nudity and sex, but none of it is particularly entertaining. 1980-81. Italian/English/Spanish. 120 minutes.
If you're looking for the fountain of youth, look no further than Madam Mei's kitchen. Her dumpling have a secret ingredient that guarantees a return to your former physical glory. If you wonder why director Fruit Chan enjoys such a cult following, Dumplings is one of his films you can really sink your teeth into. A fading TV star will do most anything to regain her husbands affection and her former beauty. Mei helps her with her tasty dumplings until she meets the husband. This film can be found as a 30 minute version on the Three Extremes compilation or better as the full length Dumplings.
Who was it that said, "Vanity makes fools of us all"?
Perhaps they meant cannibals, too. Written by Lillian Lee and starring Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling and Tony Ka-Fai Leung. 90 minutes. Cantonese w/subtitles.
Sympathy For Lady Vengeance
The long awaited third installment in Park Chan Wook's vengeance trilogy will surprise and perhaps entertain all you sick perverted bastards who loved Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Old Boy. Lee Geum-ja confessed to abducting and killing a five year old boy when she was only 19. We meet her thirteen years later when she is finally released from prison. One of her cellmates, The Witch, is there for killing her husband and eating him and his lover, so that's why we put this on the "cannibalism movies" page.
Lee does what is needed to get out, a model inmate, shamming piety and remorse to gain her freedom, with only one thought in mind. Vengeance.
Geum-ja has had plenty of time to plan how she'll get even with the guy who did this to her. It starts off slow. but you'll eventually come to see the brilliance of her scheme. Her target is the kidnapping pederast who made her confess to his crime by kidnapping her illegitimate daughter. Lee Geum-ja slowly calls in all the favors she has accrued among her prison inmates. She begins by finding her daughter in Australia and taking a 19 year old lover. She finds her victim Mr. Baek, still teaching children and still up to his old ways. What a beautiful web she weaves.
Of course Park Chan Wook does not disappoint his fans. There's plenty of his trademark ultra violence, when needed, but this film is more subtle and less gruesome than its predecessors. The cinematic touches and excellent photography are even better than in Old Boy. As Park gets better budgets, he has honed his craft and perhaps tempered his shock factor to reach an audience greater than you handful of twisted souls who adored Mr. Vengeance.
I have to say, I was a trifle disappointed when I first saw it, I mean it was great, but the wince factor was only a 7 out of 10. On second viewing, I have to admit. it's excellent. If you are not already a fan, work your way backwards through the trilogy as it is perhaps more palatable that way. 2005. 95 minutes. Korean.
We're Going To Eat You
Kind of a Hong Kong kung fu cannibal comedy. Residents of a remote island enjoy a good roast human filet when they can catch one. Agent 999 (played by Norman Tsui) has been sent to the island by Central Surveillance Agency to capture the notorious bandit Rolex. He manages to elude the knife wielding cannibals through his extraordinary martial arts skills until he is sheltered by the bandit chief's hot girlfriend. There are lots of Fellinni grade freaks in this otherwise goofy film directed by Hark Tsui, and the subtitles are pretty funny. Cantonese w/subtitles. 90ish minutes.
The Untold Story-Part 1&2
When his wife's cousin comes down to Hong Kong for a visit from mainland China, it becomes apparent that the wife has to go. This is a horrific film and really tasteless and brutal by Hong Kong standards. Anyway they barbecue the wife and of course feed her to the cops. In Untold Story 1, the waitress gets made into steamed pork buns and also fed to the cops. We do not recommend either one of these films. Cantonese and it may have subtitles but you won't be reading them.
This black and white horror film is a campy 1960's drive in horror story directed by Jack Hill and starring Lon Chaney, Jr. The reclusive Merry family suffers from a genetic defect that causes some family members to regress to infancy as they grow older. Lon plays Bruno, the faithful family retainer who watches over this strange brood in the proverbial mansion on the hill. As the Merrys get older, he keeps them in a pit in the basement and feeds them raw meat as a sop to their cannibalistic cravings. Poor Mantan Moreland has to deliver a package to the family, and he's never seen again. This begins a chain of circumstances that degrades into a murderous cannibal frenzy as the teddy clad Merry sisters (Carol Ohmart and Beverly Washburn) dispatch their visitors. So if you are fond of homicidal teenage girls in night gowns, Spider Baby may be your cup of tea. Brother Ralph (Sid Haig) is cool. Almost a cult classic, but not quite. 100 minutes. B&W. 1964. Unrated.
Human Pork Chop
This is a horrendous Hong Kong movie about a gang of thugs who hold a prostitute hostage until she can repay a debt. Everyone is addicted to heroin, and they revel in abusing this poor woman until she dies. Then they eat her, get caught by the police, confess and ask for forgiveness. Cantonese/Mandarin with subtitles.
Eat The Rich
Eat the Rich may be a British interpretation of a John Waters movie. It is a none too brilliant 1980's send up of the upper classes. An androgynous waiter (Lanah Pellay) rebels and forms a half assed social movement to overthrow the aristocracy. After accruing a few followers, they return to a posh restaurant , kill the diners with long bows, and proceed to cook them up for the next sitting. There are lots of inside jokes and social commentary that are both dated and incomprehensible to most non-Brits. Paul McCartney, Bill Wyman and Koo Stark have cameos. Music by Motorhead. 1987. Rated R. 92 minutes.
A Grisly primer on human cannibalism at the turn of the last century. Captain Boyd is remanded to an outpost in northern California where he encounters a Scotsman who has eaten all his traveling companions. The motto is that once you have tasted forbidden flesh, you will never lose your desire for more. Many of the cinematic rules of vampirism apply to this growing band of cannibals in this well filmed and not overly gory tale.1999. Rated R.
A haute cuisine French comedy directed by JP Jeunet and Marc Caro. A landlord serves his tenants to his other tenants in this futurist story of gustatory deprivation. No, we won't stoop to calling it tasty, but it's a winner. If you enjoy this one, find a copy of City of Lost Children by the same team. Thanks to Kevin Leep for the recommendation. 1991. 101 minutes. Rated R.
Renee Sheppard recommends this Randy Quaid film as a delightful cannibal feast. Delightful is not a term we would apply to this macabre story of a vegetarian wannabe kid whose parents keep serving up human leftovers. Neither horror film, nor comedy you may find it in either section. Directed by the actor Bob Balaban, who also gave us the much better TV series Eerie, Indiana. Sandy Dennis and Mary Beth Hurt round out the cast, and Brian Madorsky is the kid. Thanks Renee. 1988. Rated R. 81 minutes.
Named after two adjacent apartments, this Korean tid bit is more subtle than a Jeffrey Dahmer documentary. The tenants are quite different. 302 is a reclusive writer who is past bulimic; she pukes at the very thought of food. Soon-Hee is 301, a youngish divorcee who loves to cook for her loved ones. She feels 302 is rejecting her love by failing to enjoy her intricate meals. To prove her love, 302 makes the ultimate sacrifice (in a Christlike manner) . Even in subtitles, this movie loses very little of the emotion it jams down your throat. 1995.
The Last Supper
Renee Shepard has great taste in movies, and she wrote to say, "The Last Supper is about a group of grad students who invite people over to dinner and then kill the the people who don't share their opinions. They bury the bodies in a tomato patch. They feed the fruit to their next victim. The ending is quite good."
She thinks Cameron Diaz may also be in it. It ain't first hand cannibalism, but hey, where else could we list it?
Tabbycat wrote to tell us, "The original stars Harold Ramis, and is directed by now-famed Canuck Ivan Reitman. Campy. Not yet available on legitimate US video." 1971.
Anybody have a copy of this they can lend us?
A farmer played by Rory Calhoun makes smoked meat treats from human road kill. He plants still living feedstock in his garden up to their necks in dirt. Wolfman Jack is in this classic which is slightly better than most . 1980. Rated R. 90 minutes.
Maybe Eating Raoul was funny, but I saw it so long ago that I forget. A suburban couple develop a taste for human flesh and proceed to place classified ads in sex tabloids to lure in their evening meal. 1982. Rated R. 80 minutes.
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife. and Her Lover
Not to give anything away, but this is probably the most appetizing corpus delecti ever served up in a film. The sets and cinematography are a might strange and you may find it takes some perseverance to stick it out to the end.
JoJohn tells us this is one of the funniest cannibal movies of all times. it is apparently a little obscure, but he assured us it is worth hunting down. We're still looking for a copy and will flesh this out when we see it.
Folks at Red Wolf Inn -- aka Terror House aka Terror on the Menu aka Club Dead.
Another Tabby Cat pick, "Originally rated R, this campy gorefest is not available in its complete version on any US videotape, despite the three versions mentioned. Lucky folks have a bootleg of the original release." (1972) Okay, who's got a copy?
Messiah of Evil aka Dead People aka Revenge of the Living Dead
Tabby says, "My personal favorite. Stars beautiful Marianna Hill--written and directed by none other than Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz, of American Grafitti and Howard the Duck fame. Very stylish, and available on video." 1974. We can't find this one either.
Sting appears in this modern human entree loser. Technically this is not a cannibal movie; they feed the corpse to the pig then have a ham dinner.
Michel Piccoli and Miou-Miou star in this 1973 French period piece that may not be available in North America. A middle class guy throws in the towel and walls himself up in his apartment with his sister. (Why stop at cannibalism when you can have incest too?). They proceed to capture policemen and serve them up as "pork" to their neighbors. The best part is they devolve into urban primitives and, yes, they grunt in French.
In the interest of completeness, we'll include Alive, but it ain't recommended. Uruguayan Rugby players (not Argentinean soccer players as originally reported, oops) crash in the Andes and eat their goalie and the whole forward line. Oh yeah, it's a true story.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Alien clowns come to earth in tent shaped UFOs and catch humans for sustenance. This will realign your current perception of the circus. Written, directed and special effects by the none to famous Chioddo Brothers. 1983. Rated PG-13. 88 minutes.
The Night of the Living Dead
If you are eaten by zombies, is that truly considered cannibalism? Dawn of The Dead is also great if you like zombie films. (Check here for a list of more good zombie movies, and here for information about Shaun of the Dead. You might also enjoy this Zombieland movie review.)
Little Shop of Horrors
If you are eaten by a plant, it is not technically a cannibalsim movie either. Little Shop of Horrors is Jack Nicholson's first major screen appearance, as a masochistic dental patient. 1960.
Unreviewed Cannibal Movie Recommendations:
Cannibal! The Musical
Recommended by Steven Nelson, who tells us, "This was done by one of the guys from South Park. It's a really bad low budget film about a historical cannibal." Probably not available at your local video store.
Steven Nelson recommends this low budget comedy horror film cause he knows one of the zombies. The lyrics sound great. Not to be confused with Redneck Vampire.
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
Oramuz recommends this politically incorrect Bill Maher spoof on the war of the sexes. Good luck finding a copy.
Also an Oramuz selection about a fat guy who gets invited home by
a beautiful blonde who cooks him up for Sunday dinner.
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