Cult film director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Doomsday) is working on a horror film called Underground about an "ambitious young chef who ventures into the terrifying underbelly of extreme cuisine" that's "set in the world of gourmet underground supper clubs."
There aren't many details yet — it's not even on IMDB — but if his 2008 film Doomsday is any indication, Underground won't be about ortolan or chicken sashimi. It'll probably be about cannibalism.
Cannibalism is trendy now! See the German cannibal restaurant hoax from last week! Even critic Jay Rayner recently imagined what he might taste like, how his "rump will be as marbled as the arse of a prize wagyu." Or a study published in the latest issue of Current Anthropology that described how early humans who inhabited Europe one million years ago ate each other, tossing human bones with those of other animals in the same garbage pile. Classy!
So Marshall's 2008 film Doomsday — an homage to films like Mad Max and Escape From New York — imagines a dystopian future in which England builds a wall around Scotland to quarantine a deadly virus, and the survivors are a. purposefully reliving the Medieval era, or b. a tribe of tattooed cannibalistic punks.
The cannibal scene from Doomsday is gruesome: Says the tribe's leader, "This is our city! Whoever they send here, we're gonna catch em. We're gonna cook em," before setting the intruder on fire, with the bonus clever juxtaposition of the Fine Young Cannibals' song "Good Thing" playing. Plastic plates are thrown to a hungry crowd, and there's even a chef, bedecked in black leather chef's hat and apron, on hand to do the butchering.
Seriously, this is totally gross R-rated stuff, but here's the clip:
Video: The Cannibal Scene from Doomsday