5 horrifying flicks for Thanksgiving

This Thursday is Thanksgiving–my favorite holiday. Too bad it’s swallowed up by Halloween and Christmas. People see it as the kickoff to a holiday shopping orgy, or an excuse to watch football, midweek, in the middle of the day.

But it’s supposed to be a day we remember what we’re thankful for, and if you’re thankful for horror, then you should watch a couple of the following movies as we celebrate the most gustatory holiday of the year:

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (1980)

“They eat and they are eaten!”

A missing documentary crew’s film footage surfaces and explains their disappearance in the most graphic way imaginable. Watch this with the vegetarians in your family and they won’t think you eating a drumstick is really all that bad by comparison.

THE STUFF (1985)

“Are you eating it … or is it eating you?”

Remember when frozen yogurt was everywhere? So does this movie, made at the height of the craze. And get a load of this star power: Michael Moriarty (LAW & ORDER), Paul Sorvino (GOODFELLAS), Danny Aiello (DO THE RIGHT THING), and Garrett Morris (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE). How can you go wrong?

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

“I’m having an old friend for dinner.”

With all due respect to Mads Mikkelson and Brian Cox, it was Anthony Hopkins’ performance in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS that turned a run-of-the-mill sociopathic epicure into one of the greatest movie villains of all time. He will always be who people picture when they think of Hannibal the Cannibal.

FEED (2005)

“Can you stomach it?”

You think you’ve seen everything the internet has to offer? No, I’m not asking you to prove it, but there may be a dark, cob-webbed corner somewhere that offers the chilling horror of FEED, in which a man brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘cam girl’ as he overfeeds women on a live internet stream.

BITTER FEAST (2010)

“As for the food? One word: ‘vomitous’.”

From the looks of it, Joshua Leondard (Josh! from THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT) survived his stay in the Maryland woods with all his teeth intact, but his character in BITTER FEAST, a popular food blogger, may not survive his encounter with a disgruntled chef.

Thanksgiving doesn’t get a month, like Halloween and Christmas do. It gets one day. One measly day for pigskin and turkey. But you horror fans out there, you might want to save a few hours this Thursday for a movie, but maybe wait until Grandma goes home first.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.
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3 Responses to “5 horrifying flicks for Thanksgiving”

  1. I have The Stuff queued up in my Netflix, I think I’ll watch it during the extended 4 day break 🙂

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