Being a film nut and video collector there are certain things I remember if I see them on the screen. One is people eating. I have blogged about this before but here are a couple more memorable movie meals.
Here we have Michael, the hybrid vamp-wolf, scoffing in an olde worlde tavern in the film Underworld, which single handedly invented the leather-clad lady vampire. I've often wondered what Michael is tucking into in this scene. I have always assumed its in Eastern Europe.
Well, having researched some food for a family member going to the Czech Republic I came across this, a plate of dumplings, sauerkraut and what looks like pork. Could thus be a contender for Micheal's final human meal? What do you think readers?
Another classic meal can be found in RKO's 1932 creepy Welsh house epic The Old Dark House. In fact it could well be the mother of all movie meals as James Whale uses the lengthy dinner to frame the scene of a decrepit family in a creaking house slowly going mad in a raging storm. It begins with Miss Fem, the old hag who owns the place, shrieking "Supper!". You can see it here.
The meal itself is simple enough: roast beef, large white potatoes, crusty white bread and pickled onions, a meal I would love to emulate one dark winter Sunday! The film is stuffed with horror stars: Karloff [too famous to bother with his first name at the time], Ernest Thesiger, Melvyn Douglas and Charles Laughton as the loud Yorkshireman, who at one points sings about the roast beef!
The stand-out line has to be Ernest Thesiger, famed for his role in Bride of Frankenstein [often cited as the best horror film of all time] when he passes the spuds round saying 'Have a Potatoe' in a precise and thespian way. I seem to recall whole potatoes like that from my childhood but certainly not one recently. Miss Fem also loves her pickled onions. How about you readers?
You can watch the whole classic film here courtesy of You Tube: