Cannibal Movies List
This cannibal movies list features iconic cult films from “Night of the Living Dead” and the nauseating 1980’s exploitation classic “Cannibal Holocaust,” to modern day thrillers like the post-apocalyptic 2009 drama “The Road.” Characterized by intense gore and violence as well as some of the most disturbing and unnerving storylines in film, these movies offer up some of the best examples of cannibalism ever imagined and are sure to churn the stomach of even the most discerning horror aficionado.
“Ravenous” A bizarre and effecting film about a cannibalistic Colonel who devours his traveling companions in the Sierra Nevada mountains, “Ravenous” was inspired by the real-life story of the Donner Party. The film features gruesome imagery and a eerily thrilling plot full of creepy twists. An ensemble cast of talented actors including Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle and David Arquette shine in this disturbing black comedy.
“Africa Screams” No cannibal movies list would be complete without this 1949 classic, one of Bud Abbot and Lou Costello’s absolute best. The film finds the comedy duo in Africa and, subsequently, a village full of cannibals whose chief takes an interest in hefty adventurer Lou. The film also features a charming performance by Hillary Brooke as well as “Three Stooges” funnyman Shemp Howard as Gunner.
“Night of the Living Dead” The perfect film for a cannibal movies list, this cult classic by legendary horror film director George Romero was the first in a long line of zombie-centered films. Highly criticized when it was released in 1968, the film follows a group of people who hole up in a farm house to escape a plague of cannibalistic zombies.
“Dahmer” Featuring an excellent early performance by award-winning actor Jeremy Renner, this 2002 biographical film depicts the infamous cannibalistic killer from his first killing up until his death in 1994. Bruce Davison makes a disturbing turn as Dahmer’s father Lionel, while the film earned Renner an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Actor.
“Cannibal Holocaust” This gruesome Italian film from 1980 featured intense violence and graphic depictions of cannibalism that were so revolting that it signaled the end of audience appeal in the surge of exploitative cannibal-centered films known as the “cannibal boom” of the 1970’s.
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” An excellent film for a cannibal movies list, this disturbing 1974 horror film from horror legend Tobe Hooper features the infamous Leatherface, the chainsaw-wielding member of a cannibalistic family who plague a group of stranded teenagers. With its stark depictions of violence and gratuitous gore, the film was banned in a number of countries and pulled from theaters after growing public concerns.
“Dumplings” An exceptionally twisted and controversial film for a cannibal movies list, this 2004 Hong Kong horror film was originally included on director Fruit Chan’s compilation “Three… Extremes” and follows Mrs. Li, a rich woman who is losing her attractiveness only to regain it after ingesting a special dumping made from aborted fetuses.
“Soylent Green” Undoubtedly one of the most famous films to be featured in this cannibal movies list, “Soylent Green” is one of Charlton Heston’s most memorable films and arguably one of the greatest science fiction films ever made. Heston plays Ty Thorn, a detective investigating a murder in a dystopian society only to uncover a sinister conspiracy in which people are being killed and processed into the secret ingredient of society’s favorite green foodstuff.
“The Road” Adapted from the novel by Cormac McCarthy, this film about a man and his son as they navigate a deserted future wasteland rife with bands of cannibals features career-defining performances by Viggo Mortensen and young actor Kodi Smit-McPhee as the nameless father and son. Stark imagery and an unnerving plot, as well as great performances by Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall, highlight this post-apocalyptic thriller.
“The Hills Have Eyes” This 1977 cult classic by director Wes Craven about a family stranded in the Nevada desert who are hunted by deformed cannibals features some of the most gruesome scenes ever filmed. An unsettling and far more disturbing remake was done in 2006, the sequel of which was written by father and son team, Wes and Jonathan Craven.