Munchies Much? The Most Ferocious Movie Cannibals Ever
In Eli Roth's 'The Green Inferno,' a well-meaning group of activists travel to a rainforest in South America. Their protest mission accomplished, they head home -- only to crash-land on territory belonging to a tribe of native peoples who are looking for a little more, er, variety in their meat dishes. The horror film, an homage to the notoriously banned ‘Cannibal Holocaust,’ introduces a whole new group of movie cannibals to a stomach-churning list of frightening flesh eaters.
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
He's known as Hannibal the Cannibal, but in case anyone has been put off guard by Anthony Hopkins' debonair grace, the serial killer lives up to his name in a vicious escape scene. Yeah, there's a good reason why he should always be wearing that facemask.
WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (2013)
Rose and Iris look like any other teenage girls who have been raised in rural mountain country. After their mother dies, however, the girls must take on additional responsibilities to provide meals for themselves, their brother and their father, something that they are reluctant to do, which seems strange until the family's dietary requirements are revealed.
CLOUD ATLAS (2012)
According to the movie, cannibals still exist in the year 2321, and Hugh Grant is the chief of the often-hungry and always-vicious Kona tribe.
THE HILLS HAVE EYES (2006)
First and foremost, the people who reside in certain desert hills of New Mexico are mutants, and over the years they have evolved into homicidal maniacs. Living in isolation, they take food from any source they can find, including unlucky travelers.
WRONG TURN (2003)
All due respect to anyone who has lived for a long time in the beautiful West Virginia mountain region, but when your family consists of people known as Three Finger, Saw-Tooth and One-Eye, you're bound to be cannibals.
AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)
Successful young investment banker Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) may be a serial killer, but he doesn't like to be tied down to just one method of murder. He's also open to different ideas for getting rid of the evidence, including just eating it.
Robert Carlyle arrives at a remote military fort in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, telling incredible tales of his wagon train and cannibalism. Sadly, soon everyone will find out that he really knows what he's talking about.
Based on a true story, the movie relates what happened to the survivors of a plane crash in the Andes Mountains in 1972, and the desperate measures they took to stay alive. Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano and Josh Hamilton star.
Photographer John Heard (above) has a personal interest in the New York City homeless population, and when the number of missing persons rises unexpectedly, he investigates. What he discovers is that mutants live beneath the city streets, and they have developed a taste for human flesh.
EATEN ALIVE! (aka 'Doomed to Die,' 1980)
Umberto Lenzo's Italian horror movie follows a young woman who searches for her missing sister in southeastern Asia. The sister has joined a cult that turns out to be far more vicious than it appeared initially, but when attempting to escape, the sisters encounter even more deadly foes: cannibals.
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980)
The granddaddy of ‘em all, 'Cannibal Holocaust' was inspired by media reports about terrorism that director Ruggero Deodato believed were staged. He created a mesmerizing, disturbing experience, integrating a documentary team's supposed lost footage that proved to be highly influential, even as the explicit, realistic violence stirred controversy – even inciting an investigation.
JUNGLE HOLOCAUST (aka ‘Mundo Canibal,’ 1978)
Director Ruggero Deodato helped kick off a cannibal-movie boom with a gruesome tale of torture and violence about an unfortunate team of oil prospectors who become the victims of a nasty tribe of cannibals. The film's explicit depictions of animal cruelty also, understandably, came under fire.