Yes! I love cannibal films. No. Sorry. Scratch that. I ABSOLUTELY love cannibal films.
Yeah, sure it’s a taboo topic and yeah, sure, cannibal films have kind of a bad reputation with cinematic turds like Umberto Lenzi’s Cannibal Ferox dirtying the name of the better ones such as Cannibal Holocaust.
Truth be told, cannibal films are actually few and far between these days. The Hills Have Eyes remakes have been and gone. The Wrong Turn franchise is still ticking along, there is a US remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s We Are What We Are in the works and Eli Roth is working on his cannibal film, The Green Inferno.
There is definitely still a market for cannibal films. Hell, I am about to start fundraising for my own self-penned cannibal film.
So thank God for Henry Olek’s wonderfully titled, Serving Up Richard.
Co-written with Jay Longshore, Serving Up Richard stars Ross McCall, Susan Priver, and 24‘s Jude Ciccolella.
The synopsis is as follows,
Meet Glory and Everett Hutchins…maybe you’ve already met them. They live in a neighborhood very much like yours, except they have a little secret. Everett (Jude Ciccolella) and Glory (Susan Priver) are active cannibals. Not exactly a Main Street practice today. And their lifestyle presents some practical challenges: like how do you get those necessary provisions?
Meet Richard Reubens…perhaps you’ve met him, too. A mid-level Wall Street investment specialist, Richard (Ross McCall) was transferred to the LA offices under some murky circumstances. In LA everyone needs a car. When Richard answers an ad selling a vintage Mustang, he unwittingly winds up Glory and Everett’s captive in their secret room, in their nice house, in the neighborhood that looks like your neighborhood. And Richard is fated to be the next addition to their unorthodox menu. However…Richard is not a silent lamb about to be led willingly to his own slaughter.
Perceiving Glory as the “weak link,” Richard uses all his Wall Street persuasiveness to break her – creating twists and turns that expose surprising personality traits in Glory which constantly thwart his plans and keep us guessing how it all will end.
No word on UK release yet. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one.