“People … people who eat people … are the luckiest people in the world …”
January brings four movies about cannibalism—but also about class, race, the horrors of war, and the nuclear family. No, seriously.
January 2: Raw Meat (1972). Starring Donald Pleasence, this is the story of what happens when Victorian railway workers are abandoned underground after the roof collapses during construction of a London Underground tube line. (Answer: the survivors learn to feed on the flesh of dead and living humans, eventually reproducing and creating their own underground society in which the only English spoken is “Mind the doors!”)
January 9: C.H.U.D. (1984). The title really says it all: Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. The C.H.U.D. were originally human—homeless people living underground—who were exposed to radioactive chemical waste and mutated into horrible monsters that now feed on the non-mutated homeless population.
January 16: Parents (1989). A twisted cannibal family cloaked in way too much American wholesomeness: Mom is the perfect homemaker, and Dad always brings home the bacon. Except it isn’t bacon. Starring Randy Quaid.
January 23: Cannibal Apocalypse (1980). Possibly the only Italian cannibal movie to not include a scene of a real animal being killed. John Saxon is a Vietnam vet who was bitten by a crazed POW (named “Charlie Bukowski”) who has developed a taste for human flesh. Years later, back in the States, Saxon and other vets start to experience some cravings of their own.
January 30: NO POTLUCK.