Netflix Menu - Foodie Horror

You love food. You love horror. You want to watch three movies and a repulsive reality show pilot. I've got a foodie horror Netflix menu for you. 

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First up is Omnivores. The original Spanish title is Omnivoros, which sounds much cooler. It's the story of a respected food critic who investigates rumors of a clandestine restaurant that serves human flesh. It's really well done, and it was cool that it was Spanish, and the horror scenes themselves are stark and brutal. I don't want to spoil anything but it's a realistic tension builder from last year about foodies and cannibalism and there's a disturbing villain and an extra disturbing right hand man. Very disturbing. Watch on an empty stomach. 

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If you were down for Omnivores, you should go ahead and pair it with the flavor of Dumplings. This Chinese horror movie is totally gross and quietly horrific. A retired movie starlet hates that she is losing her looks and she finds a woman who cooks magical dumplings that have the power to make you look young again. Once you discover the secret ingredient you'll want to puke. Like Omnivores there's a lot of focus on cooking and eating and chewing, and on gross mouth noises, but despite how disturbing it is the tone of Dumplings is much calmer and quieter most of the time than than the turn of the screw tension of Omnivores.

Side note- If the part you like about Dumplings is an aging actress resorting to magic to fix her problems, and you're not against melodramatic Bollywood horror movies with song and dance numbers, than you could watch Raaz 3. If you want more Bollywood after that, try the romantic thriller Raavan. One character talks a lot about having knives rattling around inside his skull, which made me like him. 

Third is a childhood favorite of mine that is not up to the quality of the first two. The acting isn't great, the budget is small, and the practical special effects look cartoonish by modern standards, but when you're putting together a foodie horror playlist it's hard not to include a movie about a white goo called The Stuff that is marketed as a replacement for all food, and that secretly controls the mind of whoever eats it. All food being replaced by a processed white goo = a foodie's worst nightmare. The movie is a lot of fun, more of a light dessert of ridiculousness after the heartier meal of the first two.The TV commercials for The Stuff that they made for the movie are great too. 

And finally, if you've ever wanted to watch real footage of a dead lion being skinned, gutted, and having all the meat flensed from its bones, you should check out Skeleton, Inc.. I think it was a pilot that didn't get picked up because there's only one episode, and I can see why. This stuff is hard to look at. The weird thing about it was once they pull the skin off the lion it looked so much like a monster from a horror movies that had a new respect for makeup artists. It looked like something I might have thought was cheesy if I'd seen it in a movie, but clearly I would have been wrong. The show is about a family business that provides skeletons for medical schools and museums, and it's their job to get all the flesh off of those bones, use flesh eating beetles to clean them, and assemble them back together. They're doing this disgusting work for a good purpose and it's actually pretty interesting to watch how they do it, but the first segment when they take the lion apart is gruesome and real, and bracing to watch, especially for meat eaters. 

Also, this has nothing to do with foodie horror but watch from 51:53 to 52:50 of Money Talks (1972). Yikes!

Thomas

Some pics from the last four years

It's been about 4 years since we started working on the Quarantine novel series. I can't believe it's been that long! I was looking through old photos and found a handful of writing pics from that time. In honor of Book 3 coming out today I thought I'd share some.

 This was the writing area of the apartment I lived in while we wrote the first 2 books. Kind of cramped and crowded but I found that comforting. 

This was the writing area of the apartment I lived in while we wrote the first 2 books. Kind of cramped and crowded but I found that comforting. 

 Here's Lex working on the couch in the other half of the room. I'm taking this photo from my desk. 

Here's Lex working on the couch in the other half of the room. I'm taking this photo from my desk. 

 Here Lex is again, this time more stressed out. 

Here Lex is again, this time more stressed out. 

 I like to write in a dark room. It helps me to focus. 

I like to write in a dark room. It helps me to focus. 

 Writing requires lots of post it notes. 

Writing requires lots of post it notes. 

 My desk is always a complete mess. 

My desk is always a complete mess. 

This is a hand drawn calendar I put on my wall in the month leading up to our deadline for the first draft The Loners The big numbers are the numbers of chapters that I'm marking down on the day I finish them. The bottom row is chapters that needed to be revised.

 Here's Lex working on the couch at my painting studio, we'd work there sometimes too. 

Here's Lex working on the couch at my painting studio, we'd work there sometimes too. 

 Here's the hallway in the building where I had my studio, very Quarantine-y. 

Here's the hallway in the building where I had my studio, very Quarantine-y. 

 At B&N at the Grove in LA for the release of The Saints. 

At B&N at the Grove in LA for the release of The Saints. 

 Drawing characters puking their lungs out.

Drawing characters puking their lungs out.

 

LEX THOMAS JULY BLOG TOUR

To celebrate the release of THE SAINTS on paperback (today!) and THE BURNOUTS on hardback and ebook (July 22nd), we'll be all over the web in July. Look for interviews, guest posts and more from us here:

Wednesday, July 9th - Pinky's Favorite Reads

Thursday, July 10th - A Bookish Escape

Friday, July 11th - Icey Books

Saturday, July 12th - Bookaholics Anonymous

Sunday, July 13th - Books with Bite

Monday, July 14th - Bittersweet Enchantment

Tuesday, July 15th - Curling Up with a Good Book

Wednesday, July 16th - Karin's Book Nook

Thursday, July 17th - Ex Libris Kate

Friday, July 18th - Live To Read

Saturday, July 19th - Tales of a Ravenous Reader

Sunday, July 20th - Page Turner's Blog

Monday, July 21st - Young Adult Books: What We're Reading Now

Tuesday, July 22nd (THE BURNOUTS pub day!) - The Children's Book Review

And a few more still to be announced . . .

THE FINAL SOUNDTRACK

For every QUARANTINE book, we've created a playlist to accompany your read. The time has come for the third and final one. Play it loud.

If you're hungry for more of the music that influenced us, check out THE LONERS and THE SAINTS playlists. And don't forget to stock up on cotton balls. 'Cause your ears are gonna bleeeeeed . . .