Michael Delahoyde, PhD

Professor of English



Western culture naturally (?) selects the metaphor “food chain” to describe the culinary interconnectedness of species. It also tends to rank the value of plants and creatures in a hierarchy whereby the more worthy comestibles rate higher on that “chain.” In other words, turnips and insects are lowly life forms and are eaten by weird and low-class “foreigners.” Chicken is a pesky bird, and eaten on a budget. Beefsteaks rank highly. Followingthis pattern through to its logical end, then, since we’re socertain humans are the supreme life form on this creaking planet,shouldn’t human be the finest gourmet delicacy?

The Undertaker and His Pals (1967)
Soylent Green (1973) — Heston finds out the apes weren’t so bad.
Frightmare (1974) — Sisters in remote English farmhouse.
Shriek of the Mutilated (1974)
A Boy and His Dog (1975) –Post-apocalyptic 2014.
Cannibal (1976)
Trap Them and Kill Them (1977)
Incredible Melting Man (1977) — Astronaut back on Earth.
Cannibal Holocaust (1979)
Mountain of the Cannibal God (1979) — Ursula Andress to be stewed in New Guinea.
Dr. Butcher, M.D. (1979) — Medical Deviant.
Emerald Jungle (1980)
Horror Planet (1980) — Pregnant by an alien, so hungry.
Motel Hell (1980)–Farmer and sister use lost motorists for smoked meat.
We’re Going To Eat You (1980) — Aah, bite me!
Invasion of the Flesh Hunters (1982)
Eating Raoul (1982)
Quest for Fire (1982)
Alien Prey (1883) — Alien scout in lesbian menage.
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Them Die Slowly (1984)
Manhunter (1986) — Hannibal Lektor.
Gore-Met, Zombie Chef From Hell (1987)
Eat the Rich (1987)
Parents (1988)
Cannibal Campout (1988)
Flesh Eating Mothers (1988)
Bad Taste (1988) — Alien fast-food.
C.H.U.D. II (1989) — Bud the C.H.U.D.
Offerings (1989)
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1990)
The Butcher’s Wife (1991)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) — charming tale of friendship and grilling.
Delicatessen (1991) — Post-apocalyptic Paris.
Auntie Lee’s Meat Pies (1992)
Alive (1992)
Cannibal: The Musical (1994) — 1890s Mormon (true story).
Ravenous (1999) — Dark comedy set in 1847.
Season of the Hunted (2003) — Long Island bow-hunters get theirs.
Sweeney Todd (2007) — Johnny Depp as the demon barber.