Getting over Hannibal: 8 Cannibal Movies to feast upon Getting over Hannibal: 8 Cannibal Movies to feast upon
Bad news for Hannibal fans: The chances that NBC’s series about the exploits of the beloved serial killer dandy will be renewed for a... Getting over Hannibal: 8 Cannibal Movies to feast upon

Bad news for Hannibal fans: The chances that NBC’s series about the exploits of the beloved serial killer dandy will be renewed for a 4th season are getting slimmer with each day.

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of that show myself, that’s why I decided to compile a list of 8 movies featuring cannibalism, which you can watch in between episodes, while anxiously waiting for the outcome of the renewal negotiations or simply whenever you need your cinematic fix of anthropophagy.


A few rules I set up for this list:

  • I wanted to create a selection that is as varied as possible, so I did not exclusively choose straight horror movies.
  • Each movie receives a short description and a mini-review reflecting my very subjective impressions.
  • A predicament for my choice was that the topic “cannibalism” is at the centre of the movie and not just a side plot. For example, I did not include Sin City, although it has a great performance by Elijah Wood as god-fearing man-eater, for the simple reason that cannibalism is just one minor element among a bunch of other depravities featured in that movie.
  • After some heavy pondering, I decided to NOT include any of the “classic” Italian cannibal movies, like Cannibal Holocaust or Cannibal Ferox, etc. One reason is that those are so idiosyncratic with their own tropes and rules, that they represent their very own subgenre that would need a whole article on itself to do it justice. Another, more pivotal reason for my decision is the fact that I am just not a big fan of them. I can respect their place in exploitation film history, but for my tastes the basic concept is not that interesting and the execution was mostly dull, not to speak of the off-putting real (!) cruelty against animals some of them used to feature.
  • I also intentionally left out the movies featuring the character Hannibal Lecter.

Enough introductory words, here we go! (Beware: Some disturbing imagery ahead, thus slightly NSFW!)

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Detective Dee reviews movies and sometimes TV-series. He likes to indulge in the Asian cinema, exploitation flicks and the horror genre but is no stranger to Blockbuster culture either. He writes whatever he wants, but always aims to entertain.

  • Abe

    Well done! This article was…Deelicious

  • Stalkeye

    Another great lengthy article, Dee-dee!

    I remember Ravenous which was a movie that came out of nowhere! very good and Film that was somewhat overlooked by many Horror fans. Iv’e been meaning to checkout We are what we are since its been sitting in my Netflix queue for awhile. (Damn my busy life! Oh, and too many options. Heh-heh!)

    As for “The Untold Story”, i cant watch anything with kids especially little Girls getting snuffed especially if it’s within exploitative context as in shock value without a decent narrative. (Never bothered to watch Cannibal Holocaust for that matter.) I love Grindhouse shit, but a Brotha has limits, yanno.

    “We are going to Eat you”? Hmmm, that title sounds awfully familiar..


  • gorgarwilleatyou1

    Great article. I’ve always wanted to watch those Italian Cannibal movies but i just cant because of the animal stuff. I recently saw an interview with one of the actors on the house by the cemetery blu-ray who was in Cannibal Ferox and he said the director was a dick and he wished he had never done it.

  • gorgarwilleatyou1

    Loved Ravenous loved that film at the time but not watched it in a while because of the Jeffery Jones factor. I remember importing The Untold Story back in the day and was a little underwhelmed with it. I remember Cannibal Holocaust being not bad but hey its John Saxon.

    One i did not see on the list was an Australian film Van Diemen’s land worth checking out about some escaped convicts trying to survive in the outback, low budget but great scenery and well acted.

  • Tarmac492.1

    upvote x 10000

  • Tarmac492.1

    Great article, I have only seen Ravenous(very entertaining) and We Are What We Are (yawn) but your articles are always entertaining. Dumplings used to be streamable on Netflix. Not sure if it still is.

  • Bop

    Season 3 of Hannibal is the last season. They pulled the plug.

  • Thanks! Well, I have to say that “Untold Story” actually does tell a proper story, there are just some odd storytelling decisions, but in the end it has a good suspense arc. I don’t know if “We are what we are” is a must.

  • Never heard of Van Diemen’s land, thank you!
    @ Jeffrey Jones: Yeah, it’s a bit creepy to watch films with him knowing about his “history”. Thankfully Bill Cosby never made a good movie!

  • Thanks! Yeah I don’t wanna be hypocritical but those scenes with animals irk me. Even if you brush aside the moral implications, it is still a very lazy way to create disgust.

  • Thanks! Yeah I don’t know what to make of “We are…”. Made me shrug a little.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Jeffrey Jones always a little odd. Creep.

  • “We’re going to eat you”
    Lovely title, lol

  • He was. But he was good for the roles he played. Who would have thought he WAS that creepy in real life.

  • “Ravenous” is a fucking classic

  • As is “Delicatessen”

  • Tarmac492.1

    That Tales from the Crypt with Meatloaf was quite good.

  • Tarmac492.1

    His interest in Bueller is all too apparent now.

  • Aand those, “Wrong Turn”, “Sweeney todd” and “Cannibal Holocaust” are the only ones I’ve seen of these. More stuff to The List.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Wrong Turn was good.

  • The sequels, not so much

  • One day I have to write about that series.

  • sawyersolo

    SOME NICE CHOICES HERE…shame about hannibal…this new season rocks and is action-packed…hannibal is killing someone per episode, and shit morpheus kicks hannibal matrix-style all over the fucking place…really great show…

  • sawyersolo

    delicatessen a very unique one to include

  • sawyersolo

    may find life elsewhere…if amazon is uptight about a netflix series they should produce it

  • Bop

    You mean Eliza Dushku and Emanuelle Chriqui were good. 😛

  • Stalkeye

    I’ll take your word for it but since “We are..” is on Netflix for free…well, sorta, I can watch the first few minutes and decide if its worth going through. I doubt if i can find Untold Story. That Shit seems like a very rare (i.e. hard to torrent) Movie and that’s coming from someone who has a shitload of Rare Asian Movies easily accessible.

  • Stalkeye

    You well should.
    I know if I would feature it on my “Chopping Block” series had I at least seen the episodes.

  • Let’s keep that in mind.

  • Stalkeye

  • Stalkeye

    OOps! Posted this to you by accident when it was meant for….
    (See Below.)

  • Tarmac492.1

    some great episodes no doubt.

  • Tarmac492.1

    Glad I never bothered.

  • Stalkeye
  • Stalkeye

    XD I guess there was more to his line when he said “Kiss my White Butt”.

  • Stalkeye

    Most definitely!!!

  • Check it out and form your own judgement. Oddly enough, “The Untold Story” was released on DVD in the German speaking area, even with a dub.

  • S_D_M_F

    Great article! Here’s another. No cannibalism until the end, but, Eating Raoul.

  • Bop

    Did anyone see Somos lo que hay?

  • Yeah.. it’s on the list!

  • Thanks! Yeah I heard about that one, have not seen it yet though.

  • Bop

    You are gonna review it? Good.

  • Bop

    I loved the Tales From The Crypt with Angie Everhart. Sue me.

  • It’s in the article! Page 9!

  • Bop

    ?????? I didn’t even see the page numbers. Must be my sugar high.

  • 😀

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Nice Dee. I have seen all of these and really enjoyed your article. Great job!

  • Zed

    If The Untold Story was based on a real case, there would be numerous articles, books and award-winning documentaries about it. They were just pulling a Fargo.

  • Thank you!

  • That is a very probable explanation.

  • Zed

    Maybe I’m just hoping. There’s a reason I always order chicken at restaurants…

  • Tarmac492.1

    he deserved to be arrested for the awful sweaters

  • Tarmac492.1

    i wonder how Mickle’s remake is?

  • KilliK

    I am reading that Louis CK is not far behind..

  • Mr Nick Nightly

    That’s a favorite of mine.

  • CoolHandJuke

    no mention of Alive? epic fail, yo…

  • I prefer cannibals that have fun at what they are doing.

  • Abe

    “Try the cock, Albert.”
    The Cook the Thief the Wife and Her Lover

  • Damn… I wanted to include that under honorable mentions, but I forgot.

  • Love Ravenous and Cannibal the Musical. Didn’t know the American We Are What We Are was a remake. It was really good.

    Is the feature length Dumplings better than the short? I thought that was the worst part of Three Extremes.

  • I like the long version more.

  • gorgarwilleatyou1

    Ahh Helen Mirren in her prime days….

  • Stalkeye
  • CoolHandJuke

    I’ll pay for the pizza if you go and get it…

  • Sagamanus

    I have not watched even one epi of Hannibal yet, nor Dexter if anyone was inquiring. But from the way people talk about those shows you think it was the second coming.

  • Leave it at Hannibal! Forget Dexter!

  • Sagamanus

    I think ‘We’re going to eat you’ sounds interesting but I hope it’s better than Tsui Hark’s Vampires. I was greatly disappointed by that.

  • Forget his movies post 2000.

  • Sagamanus

    Korea is even worse for beauty fads. It’s the world leader in plastic surgery. We have something similar here, not quite like eating fetuses, but the powdered placenta thing is almost there.

  • South Korea is crazy with its obsession with good looks, worse than Brazil. I think those “eating” videos are so popular there because people rarely allow themselves to eat that much so they watch others doing it.

  • Sagamanus

    Dee you should check this series out. He’s a guy on Youtube called ‘Horrible Reviews’ and he attempted to bring together the most disturbing films ever made and review them. It has 17 parts and I watched them all. And there might be a few films in there that might make you want to go check out. There’s one where I guy responded to an ad for someone who wanted to eat a person and they develop a relationship over time.

  • Sagamanus

    I saw Delicatessen a long time ago but I guess I should check it out again as I don’t think I quite appreciated it. That amber dreamy look is kind of a turn off for me, but it doesn’t mean I won’t watch a film because of it.

  • will check it out!

  • The look was more fresh when it came out.

  • Sagamanus

    They actually show kids being killed in The Untold Story? I mean with practical effects?

  • no, it’s mostly alluded to. But it’s still very crass.

  • Sagamanus

    I think ‘We are what we are’ is a film I will look for. But as for depressing I don’t see how any of the others couldn’t be as well since the underlying premise for a lot of them is either desperation or procuring people to kill. I guess there might be some humor in all of that.

  • Ravenous, We’re Going to Eat You and Cannibal!The Musical are humorous. Untold Story is too ludicrous to be depressing, as is Delicatessen. Rohtenburg is admittedly rather dour, as is Dumplings.

  • Sagamanus

    Great work Dee. As for Sweeny Todd. I’m conflicted about whether I like it or not. I saw it for the first time just a few months ago and it started out well enough but, well I’m not sure I like musicals to be honest.

  • You are implying that cannibalism is not fun?

  • Thanks a lot! I had the same feelings about Sweeney Todd. That’s why I did not review it more into depth.