Meat on The Bone: 6 Movie Cannibals
Ah, human flesh. They say that once you develop a taste for it, no other kind of meat can satisfy you. If that's also the case with cannibal movies, you might want to steer clear of any movies on the subject, since Netflix and HBO only go so deep into the cannibal back catalog. But it probably isn't, so why not pull up a chair and stay for dinner with some of these six movie cannibals?
1. Leatherface & Family, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
Cannibalism is often thought of as a solo activity, but Leatherface and his somehow-even-creepier family of cannibals show that it can be something the whole family can enjoy. Although to be fair, the word "enjoy" is relative, as it's unlikely that any of the fun-loving teenagers who end up stranded at their rural Texas home would say they "enjoyed" the experience.
2. The Populace, "Soylent Green"
SPOILER ALERT FOR A 40-YEAR OLD CHARLTON HESTON MOVIE: Soylent Green is people. Those weird green capsules that the members of an overstuffed and over-polluted future society are sold are actually the bodies of their own countrymen, albeit after being heavily processed and colored green somehow. Heston discovers this, and memorably (to audiences anyway) shouts it repeatedly. The stuff is so delicious though, they won't listen.
3. Hannibal Lecter, "The Silence of the Lambs"
Not all cannibals are sub-literate imbeciles, unable to grunt out more than a couple syllables before collapsing into a crazed frenzy. Dr. Lecter puts that particular stereotype to rest, since not only does he happen to enjoy a little human meat every now and again, but he's also almost certainly smarter than you. So smart that the FBI enlists him to help in solving a series of sex-murders, which drives the plot of this Oscar-winning thriller.
4. Kevin, "Sin City"
Cannibalism probably isn't the worst crime perpetrated by the inhabitants of Basin City, but it's not the best, either. Our subject here is Elijah Wood's Charlie-Brown-sweatered killer Kevin, who's pretty much silent and always hidden behind an impenetrable pair of shades. So we have to go by one of his victims' testimony for a glimpse into his psyche: A poor woman who's missing her hand claims that "he made me watch." Yum!
Bateman isn't known exclusively for his cannibalism: He's also achieved fame for his ax murders, his unique taste in '80s pop, and his beautiful white business cards. But he does dine on human flesh now and again, but only when it's fashionably in season to do so. Some cannibals are just so tacky, you know?
6.The People of London, "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Another example of inadvertent cannibals, the patrons of Mrs. Lovett's pie shop are all eating people whether they realize it or not (they don't realize it). That's because Mrs. Lovett gets the meat from her pies from her boyfriend Sweeney, who runs a barber shop upstairs. And about, eh, 99 percent of the patrons of that establishment end up getting slashed about the throat and dumped in the cellar, to be turned into, you guessed it, meat pies. Someone should probably alert the Better Business Bureau.