Meat is Murder!: An Illustrated Guide to Cannibal Culture (Creation Cinema Collection)

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9781871592900: Meat is Murder!: An Illustrated Guide to Cannibal Culture (Creation Cinema Collection)

Violent death, murder, mutilation, eating and defecation, ritualism, bodily extremes: cannibalism combines these crucial themes to represent one of the most symbolically charged narratives in the human psychic repertoire.

As a grotesque figure of power, threat, and atavistic appetites, the cannibal has played a formidable role in the tales told by members of all cultures - whether oral, written, or filmic - and embodies the ultimate extent of transgressive behaviour to which human beings can be driven.

Meat is Murder! is a unique and explicit exploration of the stories that are told about cannibals, from classical myth to contemporary film and fiction, and features an in-depth illustrated critique of cannibalism as portrayed in the cinema, from mondo and explotation films to horror movies and arthouse classics. It also details the atrocious crimes of real life cannibals of the modern age, such as Albert Fish, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer and Andrei Chikatilo.

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About the Author:

Mikita Brottman is a film studies lecturer at Shippensburg University. Her previous publications include Hollywood Hex: An History of 'Cursed' Movies (Creation), Offensive Films, and a forthcoming anthology of writings on the car crash (St Martins Griffin, NY).

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A truly tasty read for gourmets of transgressive culture and the macabre. -- Neon

An excellent study of cannibal culture. -- Film Review

Brottman's skill is to analyse...horrors with intelligence and wit and actually find something interesting in them. -- Empire

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