Is there a horror film tradition of monstrous food? Let’s see, offhand (and ignoring cannibal movies and movies about poisoned edibles) I can think of The Stuff (US-1985; dir. Larry Cohen) [sentient killer yoghurt], The Gingerdead Man (US-2005; dir. Charles Band) and The Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust (US-2008; dir. Silvia St. Croix) [killer gingerbread man cookie], The Blob (US-1958; dir. Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.) [well, it looks like raspberry jelly], Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (US-2006; dir. Lloyd Kaufman) [killer undead fast-food chickens], Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (US-1978; dir. John De Bello) and its sequels [killer tomatoes], the “Science Fiction Sketch” from Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Season 1, Episode 7 [alien blancmanges turn everyone in Britain into Scotsmen] and … well, I suppose we could throw in the Stay Puft Marshmellow Man from Ghostbusters.
Then there’s this one: a cautionary tale about leaving Chinese food in the fridge for too long:
Take Out (written and directed by Joe Douglass)
All up not a huge selection on which to build a tradition. So it’s good to see a new one getting thrown into the oven.
Happy End was once the home of the Friendly Oatmeal Factory, but is now a long-forgotten ghost town in the middle of nowhere—and an unintended stopover for six best friends who are about to discover the true meaning of terror (or so says the publicity). The Oatmeal Man is a comedy / horror film written by and directed by Sean Gordon for Pulsar Pictures. The movie has a tentative 2010 release date.
“Horror never tasted so good!”
Six best friends decide to make an impulse trip to Las Vegas in the hopes of mending Santi and Annie’s dying relationship. When Clive decides to fake engine trouble so that Santi can “save the day,” his truck actually breaks down, stranding the group in the middle of a long-forgotten ghost town. But that’s only the start of their problems. There’s a high-fiber killer lurking in the shadows, and he’s got a maniacal recipe for terror. Can Clive and his friends survive the night? Or will they become just another breakfast topping?
Behind-the-Scenes with the Cast:
- Cast: (in alphabetical order) Al Burke, Krisondra Daigneault, Moira Dennis, Claude Foster, Sean Gordon, Ann Gotti, Kaleo, John Karyus, Nicole Kunz, Sal Perales, and Donna Marie Sergi.
- Production Crew: (in alphabetical order) Richie Armstrong (Film Editor), Abbey Cardenas (Assistant Director), Diane Cardenas (Executive Producer), Desiree Chandler (Hair / Makeup), Carri Daigneault (Executive Producer), Colten Daigneault (Director of Photography), Tom Devlin 1313FX (Special Effects), Elektron, Aftershock (Unit Photography), Blake Funk (Sound Designer), Demitri Van Gelder (Sound Mixer), Jesse Gordon (), Sean Gordon (Producer / Director), Orbit (Design Art), Team Triton (Visual Effects).