Posted November 4, 2010 by Marcia Degia - Publisher in Features
 
 

We Are What We Are Feature


The hotly tipped Mexican spin on
the cannibal film
We Are What We Are in
UK cinemas, this week. Stark, brutal yet also blackly comic and at points strangely
moving, the film is a radically unique take on the cannibal genre. We take a
quick look down the various forms on-screen cannibalism has taken.

Silence of the Lambs

In the unlikely occurrence that ‘Name a fictional cannibal’
is ever a question of Family Fortunes, it is without doubt that Hannibal Lector
with be the top answer. Sir Anthony Hopkins rightly won the best actor for his
performance the sinister doctor, and while he may have tipped over into self
parody in his later appearances, he is still one of the most chilling villains
in all of cinema.

Cannibal Holocaust

Unquestionably one of the most controversial films of all
time. Director Ruggero Deodato even had to go to court to prove that the
horrific violence was staged, and the uncut version of the film is still banned
in the UK due to real scenes of animal killings. Yet the ‘found footage’ style
of the film is still an influence today, with The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, and Paranormal Activity
all owing a debt to it.

Delicatessen

Amelie director
Jean-Pierre Jeunet fantasy black comedy is set in a post-apocalyptic France
where a hard-up butcher lures in potential employees, only for them to end up
as produce for his shop. The film is a surreal feast for the eyes, and also
probably the only film the feature a group of underground rebel vegetarians as
the heroes.

Trouble Every Day

Actor/ director/ musician/ all-round oddball Vincent Gallo
stars in Claire Denis’ metaphorical ultra-violent tale of love, lust and
cannibalism. Whilst Gallo and his French bride are honeymooning in Paris, he is
overcome with a compulsion to sleep with them consume every girl in site. Many
have discussed what it all means, but there is one thing everyone agrees on:
the film is completely unforgettable.

Soylent Green

SPOILER ALERT! But to be far, the film is over 35 years old.
This dystopian sci-fi thriller stars Charlton Heston stars as a police
detective, who whilst investigating the murder of a wealthy businessman
discovers the shocking secret behind the seemingly miraculous foodstuff Soylent
Green. If you haven’t seen it, look away now: It’s made out of humans.

Cannibal! The Musical.

Cannibalism may not seem like the ideal subject for a all-singing,
all-dancing musical, but South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone never
were Rogers and Hammerstein. Based on the story of real life turn of the
century prospector turned cannibal Alfred Packer, it was made whilst Parker was
still in college. Needless to say it’s gleefully offensive and absolutely
hilarious.

We Are What We Are


First time director Jorge Michel Grau’s film has been
received many positive reviews on the festival circuit, and is being touted as
doing for cannibals what Let The Right One In did for vampires. When a father collapses and dies in the street, his
family must fend for themselves. Unfortunately this family have a particular
need: human flesh. Both a
sensitive family drama and a cracking horror film, see this completely unique
gem before the inevitable Hollywood remake.

We Are What We Are
is released on 12 November.


Marcia Degia - Publisher

 
Marcia Degia has worked in the media industry for more than 10 years. She was previously Acting Managing Editor of Homes and Gardens magazine, Publishing Editor at Macmillan Publishers and Editor of Pride Magazine. Marcia, who has a Masters degree in Screenwriting, has also been involved in many broadcast projects. Among other things, she was the devisor of the documentary series Secret Suburbia for Living TV.