The Encyclopedia of Cannibal Movies




Andrew van den Houten, Modrencine 2009

Based on a novel by Jack Ketchum who also wrote the screenplay, this is about a Sawney-Beane like clan of feral cannibals from Canada who migrate to the north-eastern US where they find plenty of prey amongst the local families.


aka Jungle Treasure

Maclean Rogers, Oakland Films 1951 (UK)

Irish Washerwoman Old Mother Riley is a man in drag, played by British actor Arthur Lucan. The character is probably best known to American audiences for his/her appearance in the Italian comedy "My Son The Vampire" that spoofed British Hammer Horror Vampire movies and even starred Christopher Lee as Dracula and featured a novelty theme song performed by Allan Sherman. In this film in the series, Old Mother Riley runs an antique shop and the ghost of a dead pirate appears to her to show her a map that she has in the shop that shows the location of his treasure. Taking her daughter (Athur Lucan's then recently ex-wife Kitty McShane) to the island they trapse through the jungle in search of the treasure, which is guarded by a cannibal tribe. What follows is the typical racist comedy gags of the era, but nobody ever ends up in a pot.


aka Omnivoros (Original title)

Oscar Rojo, Brutal Box 2013 (Spain)

A Spanish made horror film that attempts to revive the Italian cannibal film. A restaurant critic is writing an article on a popular trend of clandestine restaurants. As he explores the restaurants he learns that an urban legend of a restaurant that serves human flesh is real. He manages to get himself an invitation to one of the cannibal gatherings. The entres include some beautiful - and no doubt tasty - Spanish ladies.

OPEN 24/7

aka Ouvert 27/7

Thierry Paya, TROMA Entertainment 2010 (France)

Originally a French horror film this was repackaged by Troma into an anthology film about a remote backroad diner where customers tell each other stories to stay awake. The stories are the three shorts that involve horror, sex and violence with a bit of cannibalism thrown in. Kind of what you have come to expect from Troma. Lloyd Kaufman even has a cameo.


Blaise Kolodychuk, SC Entertainment, 2006 (Canada)

An apparent attempt at a horror "art" film. I think that the filmmaker is going for an "art house" style. Maybe a David Lynch type of thing? I don't think he was successful. Instead of being weird and thought provoking, it was just a confusing mess. The abysmal acting from nearly every cast member didn't help. More nudity would have helped, but it still would not have made it a cann-fetish movie. An interesting curiosity, though.