12 Times Characters Were Eaten In One Bite
If there is one thing that is undoubtedly true about the benefits of big-budget filmmaking, it's that Hollywood really knows how to bring human-eating movie monsters to life on the big screen. The magic of CGI can make nightmarish creatures seem real, and when these beasties attack, production teams behind the films love to make a spectacle with them. And what is more spectacular than having a character get eaten in one large bite?
This is Lord Farquaad getting chomped at the altar in Shrek. This is Samuel L. Jackson getting gulped out of nowhere in Deep Blue Sea. This is that one guy getting completely swallowed by King Shark in The Suicide Squad. You'd think humans would take longer to eat, wouldn't you?
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Say what you want about the rest of the Shrek franchise as a whole, that original movie was original and hilarious back in 2001. And John Lithgow's Lord Farquaad is one of the stars of the show. He's diminutive. He's power-hungry. He's got a terrible haircut. Lithgow does amazing work as the tiny lord, making him a truly hateable figure by the end of the film.
So, when Donkey shows up with his lover/future wife, the towering Dragon, and the massive creature eats Farquaad's newly-crowned little body, audiences can't help but laugh and cheer. It is exactly the kind of cartoon violence kids love to see on the big screen, and anyone who would torment the Gingerbread Man deserves such a fate.
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Along with Daniela Melchior's saccharine sweet Ratcatcher II, King Shark is one of the standout characters from James Gunn's 2021 superhero flick The Suicide Squad. Nanaue may have the body of a shark-man and the voice of a purposefully-dimwitted Sylvester Stallone, but, deep down, he is just a gentle soul. That doesn't mean he isn't good at killing, though, because he is. He is very good at killing. And he has a taste for human flesh.
Which makes for an unfortunate combination for anyone who gets in his way. When the Suicide Squad mistakenly attacks a rebel camp they think is holding Rick Flag hostage, Nanaue grabs one of their soldiers from behind and graphically swallows him down. It is equal parts hilarious and disgusting.
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Talk about getting caught with your pants down. Okay, yes, Gennaro wasn't really using the facilities when he got eaten by the terrifying T. rex in 1993's Jurassic Park, but it doesn't matter. Character actor Martin Ferrero will forever be known as the guy who got offed by a dinosaur while sitting on a toilet. Those are just the breaks.
To be fair, it is an iconic scene that showcases just how mighty that T. rex is with the massive dino ripping through the restroom shack as if it were made of papier-mâché. But Spielberg, Crichton, and the rest of their crew really did the dude dirty. Although, if he was scared enough to pee his pants, he was already in a situation where he could've taken care of that. Maybe they were doing him a favor?
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Here's a kill you could see coming a mile away. Like the unscrupulous billionaire Jack Morris, played by Rainn Wilson, isn't going to get his comeuppance in 2018's The Meg? Characters like that are created to be eaten in these kinds of movies. When he is accidentally thrown overboard near the end of the movie, the giant shark isn't the only one smelling blood in the water - the audience is just waiting for him to meet a grisly end.
Morris ends up on the carcass of a deceased whale his men inadvertently killed with the charges meant to kill the 75-foot-long Megalodon shark, and everyone and their mother can see what is going to happen next. The Meg shows up and chows down on part of the whale, leaving Morris to believe he has survived the worst. And then, after a beat of silence (as is customary), the Meg comes back to get Morris.
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One of the most memorable film moments of the late '90s, Samuel L. Jackson's Russell Franklin gets absolutely chomped out of nowhere halfway through 1999's Deep Blue Sea. Right in the middle of a passionate speech too! That speech begins with the legendary line, "You think water's fast? You should see ice," and ends with one of Hollywood's enduring stars getting mauled by a shark. Because Deep Blue Sea is a top-tier B-movie that deserves your admiration.
Though, in hindsight, the shot composition is clearly setting this up, this isn't one of those ends audiences saw coming from a mile away. No, this was a jump-scare death of the highest order. Sure, the CGI is dated, but that just adds to the charm - as does the rest of the crew's muted reaction to the death.
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How disgusting was Vincent D'Onofrio's alien bug in 1997's Men in Black? Kids all over the globe had nightmares of that thing - and with good reason. He was huge, horrifying, and hard to forget. Agent K's big plan at the end of the film didn't much help, either. After the bug swallows both J and K's guns, K decides to taunt the alien until he eats the man. He literally shouts, "Eat me!" at the monster over and over as only Tommy Lee Jones could. The bug obliges, swallowing K in one big gulp.
Unfortunately for the antagonist, K wanted to be eaten so he could grab his sidearm and eliminate the thing from the inside out. It doesn't end up taking out the bug - Dr. Laurel Weaver has the honors of doing that a few moments later - but it does put a hamper in his style, obliterating the bottom half of his body.