Mar 13, 2014

13 Extremely Gross Food Scenes

Article By: Ben Raphael Sher

There are few things more skin-crawl inducing than thoughts of eating something really, really gross.  Horror filmmakers know this, and they thrill at making our stomachs turn as we watch people imbibe the unspeakable.  In today’s Friday 13, 13 movie scenes that prove that the way to a horror fan’s heart is through his or her stomach.

1. Salò: 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

You could argue that this Italian art film isn’t a horror movie, and you could just as easily argue that it’s one of the scariest movies ever made.  At the end of World War II, a group of fascist members of high society round up 18 teenagers in a decaying villa and subject them to all sorts of physical and emotional violence.  In the film’s most infamous sequence, the fascists force the prisoners to feast off of heaping trays of feces.  If you don’t get sick watching this then you should win some sort of dubious award.

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2. Troll 2 (1990)

A family moves to the small town of Nilbog.  A gaggle of vegetarian goblins want to make them consume food covered with green goo that will turn them into plants, so that they can in turn eat them (in the best illogical vegetarian loophole since pescetarianism). This film is blessed with several weird food sequences.  In one, the central family gorges themselves on the goo-covered food before their son, Joshua, tries to save them by freezing time and urinating all over it.  In another, the queen of the goblins seduces a young stud by dancing like Stevie Nicks and making corn on the cob turn into popcorn using nothing but her sexy teeth.  However, in the film’s grossest and best food sequence, said Goblin Queen turns Joshua’s sister into a pile of green muck, and her goblin children come to feast on her.  Joshua gives one of the most nuanced performances in all of film.

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3. Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

The classic gore-fest about a Grand Guignol show in which all of the gruesome “acts” are real.  In what is arguably the film’s most infamous scene, one of the show’s hosts pierces a victim’s skull with an electric drill and sucks out her brains with a saw.  Seriously rude, but can such a diet make one smarter?

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4. Three… Extremes (2004)

In one segment of this trilogy, “Dumplings,” a society matron seeks to fend off aging by eating special dumplings made from aborted fetuses.  What more can one say?

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5. A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)

Freddy reveals himself to be a master of culinary perversion when he offers his antagonist, Alice, a pizza topped with her friends’ tiny heads.  He picks up her brother’s head on his fingerblade and squashes it in his mouth, releasing a bit of greenish-yellow ooze.  For anybody who ever wondered what went into the sausage served by Little Caesar’s. 

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6. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)

In possibly the most tasteless kill scene in the entire franchise, Freddy preys on the vulnerabilities of a teen model/bulimic in recovery, Greta, by making her eat everything on a gigantic banquet table until her face explodes. 

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7. The Temp (1993)

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Lara Flynn Boyle is the evil secretary at a cookie corporation.  In order to undermine her boss, she doctors the oatmeal raisin batter before a major focus group at a supermarket.  An old lady and a goth teenager adore the cookies, until blood starts to pour out of their mouths.  The movie fails to explain how Lara made her goodies so dangerous, but hopefully it has something to do with roaches. We don't have a clip for this because it's too upsetting and we care about your health.

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8. Hostel: Part II (2007)

Legendary cannibal movie director Ruggero Deodato cuts up a (still living) young stud and eats him piece by piece, while classical music and his dinner’s screams fill the background.  Thankfully he doesn’t forget candlelight and a tablecloth.  For more creepy Hostel food grossness, check out the scene in the original film in which Josh encounters a creepy dad-type on a train who shows him that he eats salad with his hands to have a complete sensory experience. 

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9. The Lost Boys (1987)

Kiefer Sutherland and his gang of vampire delinquents invite Jason Patric for Chinese take-out in their underground lair.  As he chows down, his rice turns to maggots and his lo mein becomes slimy worms.  Are the Chinese restaurants on the Santa Cruz boardwalk really sketchy, or is Kiefer Sutherland pulling a great vampiric mind-screw?  Jason Patric sticks around without questioning because Jami Gertz is so beautiful.

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10. Terror at the Red Wolf Inn (1972)

A college student is surprisingly un-ambivalent when she gets a random phone call telling her that she won a contest which she never entered, and will be momentarily whisked away to an all expenses paid resort getaway.  Everything about this movie is off-kilter, from its opening love ballad to the creepy, drugged monotony that characterizes most of its acting.  In the film’s most uncomfortable scene, the kindly owners of the Red Wolf Inn give their guests a gigantic dinner, and the guests pig out with nausea inducing gusto for what seems like an hour.   Could the kindly old folks be fattening them up to serve them as the next night’s dinner?

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11. Night of the Living Dead (1967)

Night of the Living Dead is such an iconic cannibal film that it almost feels like cheating to include it.  However, to this day, the scene in which zombies munch on the organs of the film’s cute teenagers is gross enough to scandalize an unsuspecting viewer.  For those who were not there, it is hard to imagine how this movie (which often played at kiddie matinees!), must have shocked audiences in 1967, when graphic displays of cannibalism were all but non-existent.

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12. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

The cycle of ‘70s and ‘80s cannibal movies, which includes Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox, expanded upon Night of the Living Dead’s human-innard-chomping goodness.  However, in this film’s most horrifying eating scene, its evil protagonists (an exploitative documentary film crew) kill, disembowel, cook, and eat a gigantic turtle (who, notoriously, was actually subjected to the gruesome fate represented in the film).  Cannibal Holocaust raises the question, are cannibals that much more cruel than meat eaters

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13. Dead Alive (1992)

Vanilla pudding is gross enough when a person who is not a decaying zombie eats it.  That consistency!  But Dead Alive is on a mission to keep all spectators from ever consuming it again.  At a dinner party, Lionel tries to hide his mother’s zombification from their stuffy dinner companions.  Things get dicey when mom squirts a dollop of oozing pus from her bandaged wrist into her guest’s pudding (and he eats it!).  Zombie mom then proceeds to nibble on her own ear after it falls off.  Would anybody care for a digestif?

Any other horror films that had you struggling to keep down your lunch? Send your thoughts to our Facebook page or go on Twitter using #Friday13.

Ben Raphael Sher is a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, where he also teaches.  His work has appeared in Fangoria, Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide, and Back Stage. You can read more of his work here.

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