Most Disturbing Food Movie

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The Most Disturbing Food Movies - a category in TheCooksDen's Culinary Cinema Awards.


301/302 - What sort of warped mind pits a gourmet chef's skills against an anorexic and then turns the whole thing into a bizarre sex/murder thriller? If you like that sort of thing, and the sight of great food going to waste doesn't bring you to tears, this one's just for you.

Soylent Green - 1984 meets King Corn meets Planet of the Apes. Wait, did I give away too much? Just see this Charlton Heston Sci-Fi thriller and don't let anyone spoil the ending for you.

La Grand Bouffe - Perhaps hoping to prove that you really can have too much of a good thing, a group of guys overdose on sex and food. Sounds great, right? The result is gross but riveting.

Fast Food Nation - This probably would've been even better as a documentary. The subject material is suitably grizzly -- watch this one and you'll never look at a hamburger the same way again. But it works alright as is, and Greg Kinnear does a fine job with an awkward role.

Delicatessen - Sharing the same quirky vision he'd later apply to Amelie and City of Lost Children, Jean-Pierre Jeunet shows us flashes of his brilliance in this post-apocalyptic cannibalist comedy. Though a bit over the top at the end, it's still a must-see.

Honorable Mention:

Old Boy - Forget food movies -- this is quite simply one of the most disturbing movies ever made. And yet the shot of the protagonist ordering and wolfing down "something alive" is priceless and stomach-turning.

And the Winner Is...

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover - Quite the scandal when first released, is this one of those flicks that seems tame by today's standards? I guess if you don't mind excrement, cannibalism and rotten meat with your sex and gourmet meals.

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