The Horror Honeys: People: The Other Other White Meat

People: The Other Other White Meat

A Revenge Honey Review

Omnivores (2013)

Over the last handful of years, one thing has become blatantly clear: Europeans have completely cornered the market on cannibal movies. Trouble Every Day, Ravenous, Delicatessen: these movies kick the collective ass of most of what has come out of the States in recent years. Now add to that list Omnivores, a strange and fantastic film that satisfied both the gore-lover and the Revenge Honey in me.

Omnivores begins as well-known food critic Marcos Vela (Mario del la Rosa) is offered the chance to explore the clandestine restaurants that have recently emerged in Spain. However, blowfish isn't the only thing being offered at the underground eateries, as word soon makes it to Vela that human flesh is the most sought after meal at one of the most expensive underground restaurants. Vela brokers an invitation to the next dinner in an attempt to learn the secrets of what is drawing the richest and most well-connected in the country to this strange feast. But will he be able to maintain his journalistic disconnect, or will he find himself wrapped up in the sick world of high-priced cannibalism?

Maybe it's my soft spot for Spanish cinema, but I found Omnivores to be without a single misstep. The pacing of the first act is perfectly anchored by a tremendously unsettling open and expertly consistent tension throughout. Director and writer Óscar Rojo intersperses the scenes of Vela's investigation with the story and background of just how these expensive meals of people meat are put together. And kids, it's not pretty.
One of the elements that sets Omnivores apart from its' American cannibal-movie counterparts is Rojo's refusal to hold back when confronting the viewer with the scenes of slaughter and butchering. And as a vegetarian, I can tell you, it's an interesting visual. Because these scenes are almost identical (expertly so) to the killing that happens inside a slaughterhouse with animals, and just reinforce why I came to stop eating meat to begin with. Animals or humans, the process of slaughtering for food is horrifying to witness.

The Revenge: When I first sat down for this film, I was just hoping there would be SOME element of revenge so at least I could twist it into a review and sell it to you discerning film-watchers. Initially, I planned to say that Omnivores was another great cannibal film that did such a brilliant job of making meat look utterly disgusting, that it was a perfect example of animal revenge. Additionally, the people in this film have become so bored with eating animal flesh in every form imaginable, that they are forced to turn to eating each other. (Somewhere, a cow is laughing maniacally while a pig rubs his hooves together and says, "Yes, yes, phase one is complete.")

However, then the third act happened. And oh my word, what a glorious third act it was! Not only did it entirely catch me off guard, but it is such a skillful example of unexpected revenge that I was utterly blown away. I'm not giving one scant detail away because the end is so deliciously revenge-y, and since I'm pretty much demanding that you see this film, I don't want to give you any excuse to skip it. I will just say: scrumtrulescent.

Revenge Honey Stabby Points: 5 out 5