Films to curb your appetite, possibly forever.
In Killer Joe, the new film by legendary director of The Exorcist and The French Connection, William Friedkin — or “William Friedchickin” as we now call him — Matthew McConaughey plays a cop who moonlights as a contract killer and has some funny ideas about where to insert his finger-lickin’ family bucket drumstick.
Here are seven other films that might put you off certain foodstuffs for good.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Off menu: hard-boiled eggs
Before he was hawking condiments, Paul Newman was doing his bit for the Egg Marketing Board. Starring as the titular cocky convict banged up in a Florida prison camp, Newman wins a bet by eating 50 hard-boiled eggs in one hour (the prize: not more eggs, you’d hope). His fellow inmates are probably relieved that he’s then chucked into solitary confinement.
Soylent Green (1973)
Off menu: Soylent Green
It’s 2022 and the population has spiralled out of control. There’s no water or fuel (and just imagine the Central Line), but at least there’s Soylent Green, the tasty snack of 10 years from now. Only Charlton Heston smells something fishy (clue: it’s not fish).
The Meaning of Life (1983)
Off menu: wafer-thin mints, salmon mousse
Monty Python’s take on life, the universe and everything. If the after-dinner sweet that broke Mr Creosote’s gastrointestinal tract doesn’t do you in, the tainted dinner-party appetiser will.
Off menu: sushi
Drunk businessman Dae-su Oh (Choi Min-sik) is plucked from the streets of Seoul and flung into a cell for 15 years. Finally released, a trip to a sushi bar turns sour when his unseen tormentor uses mind control to make him down a whole live octopus – wriggling tentacles and all.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Off menu: pies
Revenge is a dish best served cold? Tim Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter have other ideas. A bloody plot, brutal short back and sides and baking far shadier than Greggs in old London town. Also no-nos for pie-fans: American Pie, Stand By Me (the pie-eating competition) and Bugsy Malone (unless you want to wear your lunch).
Off menu: Merlot
The wine might pair well with charred meats, but it doesn’t go down so smooth with amateur sommelier Miles (Paul Giamatti) in this romp through Santa Barbara’s vineyards. Following his rant about “fucking merlot”, sales of the plonk plummeted, while those of pinot noir went through the roof.
Super Size Me (2004)
Off menu: McDonald’s
Who knew a diet sourced exclusively from the Golden Arches could almost kill a previously fit and healthy (if wildly mustachioed) documentary maker in less than a month? A balanced diet of Morgan Spurlock’s own mission to eat his way through the Mickey D’s menu and an exposé of the US’s waddle down the road towards obesity. Not-so-happy meal.