The 10 Best Horror Movie Food Scenes

Autumnal eyeball cake, anyone?
Autumnal eyeball cake, anyone? Photo courtesy of Movie Clips/Youtube

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5. Poltergeist

The beloved horror movie written and produced by Steven Spielberg and maybe or maybe not directed by Tobe Hooper of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame, was released in 1982 and turned 35 this year, but it still has some of the best gore scenes of all time and that includes food gore. The face peeling scene is a classic with steak that starts to move across the counter and and erupt like a carne-stuffed volcano, a chicken wing crawling with maggots and then, of course, a parapsychologist who goes into the bathroom to vomit and ends up peeling his face off. 

The coolest part about this entire scene is that the hands pulling the flesh off of the face actually belong to none other than Steven Spielberg according to horror obsessors Bloody Disgusting.

4. Nightmare on Elm Street 5: Dream Child

Remember all of those extraneous Nightmare on Elm Street movies you stopped paying attention to by the '90s? Well the fifth installment, Dream Child, features one of the gnarliest food scenes in horror history. The movie, released in 1989, the year of "Free Fallin," is actually the sequel to the fourth installment of Freddy movies, Dream Master, which makes this even more convoluted than it needs to be. The only thing you need to know is that "Filet de Barbie" is served and poor Greta gets stuffed to death with her own organs.

3. Killer Clowns From Outer Space

"Nobody stores cotton candy like this." On a space ship. With dead people cocooned inside. But such is the life of a killer clown from outer space, no? The ridiculous film from famed special effects artists the Chiodo Brothers is pretty silly but along with It, undoubtedly contributed to the number of kids who grew up scared to death of clowns. Finally, a movie that puts carnie food to good use. There are scary clown worm things that hatch from popcorn as well as heat seeking popcorn, and there's a melting death by acid pie. But fear not, coulrophobics, a couple of dopes running an ice cream truck help save the day from these clowns who drink human blood from cotton candy cocoons via the world's coolest crazy straws.

2. The Stuff

Something funky bubbling up out of the ground gets marketed and sold as a new tasty frozen yogurt-like substance that never melts. Turns out it also takes over the bodies and minds of the people who ingest it, turning them into aggressive zombies, making their heads explode and threatening to destroy the world. In what is surely guest star Danny Aiello's finest work outside of the Papa Don't Preach video, he is mauled to death by his froyo-addled doberman.

This movie is essentially the greatest metaphor for the froyo invasion, or maybe cocaine addiction, ever made. If you want to see what it's like for marshmallow fluff to spew from people's mouths or out of beds or up walls or, better yet, get set on fire while a theme song that sounds like a Flashdance B-side plays intermittently in the background, this one is for you. Better yet, just watch The Stuff blow up Chocolate Chip Charlie's head at the hour and 16 minute mark.

1. Blood Diner

Originally written as an homage to a 1960s film Blood Feast, this truly under-appreciated and totally non-PC 1987 horror comedy written by LA horror punk legend Dukey Flyswatter revolves around two brothers who run a vegetarian diner, serving up human body parts at the behest of the brain of their dead, foul-mouthed serial killing uncle. The brain is kept in a mason jar in the kitchen, naturally, and it instructs the brothers to construct a female body out of the parts of immoral women to resurrect an Egyptian goddess named Sheetar, who will then return to earth to kill everyone or something. The plot is nonsensical, but that's not that important. What is? The fact that this film includes some of the most insane horror food scenes you've never seen including a naked woman who is battered and deep fried and then has her giant tempura-ball of a head knocked off her body with a broom.

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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.