Talk:Cannibalism in popular culture

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Aliens and cannibalism[edit]

Some of the references refer to Aliens or other non-humans cooking and eating humans. This is not cannibalism, it is predation.

Nsayer 20:55, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

Misunderstanding in Content of The Madman's Diary[edit]

The content of this story is greatly misunderstood. Lu Xun's work figuratively suggests that some traditional Chinese customs are indirectly killing people both physcially and mentally, which is a equivalent of cannibalism. It has nothing to do with practicing of cannibalism. Considering to remove it or adding explaining.

15:12, 23 Feb 2009 (UTC+1)


I'm taking out any zombie refernces, because a zombie is not a cannibal by definition. The Swagga 17:50, 28 January 2007 (UTC)


Added "Friends" by The Police to the songs section.--Feddx (talk) 19:36, 4 August 2008 (UTC)Feddx

I think this article could be better...[edit]

As in better in prose or something,rather than a long list of works in popular culture.I think This article should be rewritten entirely,just a suggestion.Sammy theeditor (talk) 03:15, 21 September 2008 (UTC)

Am finally starting work on this. Will reorganise what's here at the moment, and then expand that into better prose. Mr_pand [talk | contributions] 13:30, 23 June 2009 (UTC)

Cannibalism in Horror[edit]

Cannibalism is a staple in horror since its early beginnings. Mention should be made of H.P. Lovecraft's work which frequently featured references to cannibalistic acts, and specifically to the tale "Pickman's model" in which humans feeding on human meat gradualy become supernatural ghouls. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:00, 22 April 2010 (UTC)

Nothing's stopping you from grabbing a reference and adding that yourself, although "The Lurking Fear" is closer to what you described. The ghouls in "Pickman's Model" may be a separate race of changelings, who only resemble humans while in infancy. Dementia13 (talk) 20:08, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
Keep in mind that this is not supposed to be a repository of information that includes every appearance of cannabalism in popular culture. The article's supposed to talk about things like cannibalism's impact on popular culture, trends in the way it's represented, etc. As an author whose following is cult rather than mainstream, Lovecraft himself is a fringe figure in popular culture, and cannibalism is not a primary theme in his work. So, it's difficult to point to his work, and claim that he's had much impact on the way cannibalism is represented in popular culture. The best case you could make would be to look at how he explored the theme, because it was usually, if not always, tied to the theme of devolution that ran through his work. The creatures in "The Lurking Fear" devolved because they ate human flesh, while the humans in "The Rats in the Walls" and "Herbert West: Reanimator" ate flesh as a sign of their devolution. BTW, the "Lurking Fear" <-> devolution <-> cannibalism theme is revisited in the film The Descent. Dementia13 (talk) 16:07, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

More than I could chew[edit]

As these things go, I started out by editing one item, then another caught my eye, and still another, and before long I came to realise that I had spent more than an hour working on the article with no end in sight: hence the cleanup tags. Some my foremost concerns are the categorisation of works occurring among different media types (for instance, Suddenly, Last Summer is both a play and a film, so where should it be listed?) and the format consistency of items in their respective sections (release / publication dates; authors, directors, and performers; explanations / descriptions; etc.). As another example, I noticed that the character Hannibal Lecter and his depictions on the page and screen are discussed at length, but the same works are mentioned again, albeit briefly, elsewhere in the article. Should all of them be grouped together? In their own section or as part of another? In any case, I just wanted to issue a sort of "all hands on deck" call for anyone else who has the time and inclination to help out. Thank you. – Apo-kalypso (talk) 14:57, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Hello, Apo-kalypso, and welcome to the time-sink that is Wikipedia editing! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay.
I'll keep an eye out for what you mentioned. Dementia13 (talk) 20:12, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
OK, here's my recommendation: the sections devoted to different media types add nothing but fancruft, and should be deleted entirely. Whatever material is informative and referenced should be merged into the sections that discuss the various aspects of cannibalism's depictions. The article's beginning sections are informative, but its following sections are trivial. Wikipedia hates trivia, because these lists do nothing to inform anybody about the subject. There's nothing inherently notable about whether the work in question is a novel or a film, so it makes no sense to divide the article by media types. A few of those later entries illustrate some facet of the subject, and those should be merged into an appropriate earlier selection, but the majority of the entries need deleted. This article doesn't seem to get a lot of attention, so I'll leave this up for discussion for at least a couple of weeks before I take an ax to things. And take an ax I will, because articles like this get clogged with junk faster than Patrick Bateman's bathtub drain. Dementia13 (talk) 04:02, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

Texas Chain Saw Massacre[edit]

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of the most influential horror films ever made. It's about cannibalism, and isn't discussed here, while lesser films such as Wrong Turn, a virtual remake of it, are. Research, people. Dementia13 (talk) 22:00, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

Another opportunity so far missed: there's at least one Biblical example of cannibalism for survival. Dementia13 (talk) 22:19, 4 September 2012 (UTC)
+1: Anything Wendigo-related. Dementia13 (talk) 03:45, 5 September 2012 (UTC)