For the second day of October, I present a list of some truly disgusting meals in horror movies. By the way, as I’m limiting myself to ten things in these lists I know I’m missing things out. So if you have a personal favourite that hasn’t been mentioned, let me know what it is in the comments!

10 dinners you would want no part of

1. Repulsion

Repulsion18I’ve rhapsodised about this film before – the image of the rabbit Carole and her sister were supposed to have for dinner slowly decaying over the course of the film perfectly reflects Carole’s crumbling psyche. And it’s super gross. Ever been stuck in a room where something is rotting? Yeah.

2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

texas chainsaw massacre shots 016Well obviously this had to be on the list. The ultimate nightmare family dinner.

3. Alien

alien-1979Just when you think it’s over, a wild chest-burster appears.

4. Spider Baby

5498407912_9831aeca10Hilarious and gross in equal measures. The Merrye family dinner consists of a freshly caught ‘rabbit’ (which is clearly a cat), weeds, and Virginia Merrye’s personal favourite, live spiders.

5. Hannibal

hannibal-2001-03-gThe Hannibal Lecter guide to seduction: drug your date, then serve up some freshly cooked brains. Really fresh. In fact, the owner of the brain is still alive and also invited to dinner. Oh, and don’t forget to feed some to him as well – it’s only fair.

6. The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys 1In an incredibly elaborate hazing ritual, David gives Michael wine spiked with vamp blood that makes him completely trip out and see all sorts of fun creepy-crawlies masquerading as his Chinese takeout. Maggots, Michael. You’re eating maggots. How do they taste?

7. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

What_Ever_Happened_To_Baby_Jane1962c05Crazy Baby Jane serves her wheelchair-bound sister some hatefully prepared dinner in the form of one of the rats she’d caught in the cellar.

8. Theatre of Blood

theatre-of-blood-6Scorned actor Edward Lionheart serves a nastily Shakespearian dinner to an unsuspecting critic, who discovers too late that he’s just devoured his precious pomeranian poodles.

9. Poltergeist

hqdefaultMy first horror film – I can still remember how grossed out I was when the perfectly innocuous steak started wriggling about and then exploded with maggots. Ick.

10. Dumplings

dumplingsPossibly the grossest on the list (and that’s saying something), Aunt Mei’s secret to prolonged youth comes in the form of her special home-made dumplings, which have human fetuses as the secret ingredient.