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Our Time Honored Tradition of Cannibalism

By TK Burton | Trailers | May 24, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Trailers | May 24, 2010 |

Fact: Zombies are scary as hell. The dead rising, driven by a need to consume human flesh, unwavering, unreasoning, inhuman. That said, zombies are, like vampires, an overused and almost abused concept for modern films. There are plenty of other horrifying ideas our there — not ideas that are horrifying, like The Nutty Professor 3, but rather ideas that are scary as hell.

One such idea that isn’t mined nearly as often is cannibalism. Not the “trying to stay alive” kind, like in Alive, but rather in the “mmm, that’s a tasty looking thigh you have there” kind. The idea of humans making a conscious decision to devour the bodies of their fellow man — not driven by undead urges, but instead actively choosing to do so, scares the crap out of me.

Coming later this year from IFC Films is the Mexican horror film We Are What We Are, which deals with these themes on a far more intimate, intense, and unusual way.

“A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three sons destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge - how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed on a diet of human flesh consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies… and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, who will hunt? Who will lead them? How will they slake their horrific hunger? The task falls to the eldest son, Alfredo, a teenage misfit who seems far from ready to accept the challenge… But without human meat the family will die.”

From what I understand, the film is less Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more a striking portrait of family dynamics, life as outcasts, and, yes, cannibalism. It’s a fascinating take on the subject that hasn’t really been explored much. Check the trailer:

IFC’s making quite the name for itself by acquiring new, interesting films that likely wouldn’t have a shot at a wide theatrical release. This is an intriguing addition to their catalog (that will hopefully be better than The Human Centipede).

Source: Dread Central)

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