Most people have taboos when it comes to cuisine. Some of us refuse to sit down for chicken tandoori; maybe we get physically uncomfortable with the idea of slurping a raw oyster; or perhaps we’d rather take a bullet to the gut rather than deal with the digestive slow burn of an Egg McMuffin. One thing most of us can agree on is that science-fiction food is generally disgusting. Mashable proves that point with a top 10 list of nasty looking extraterrestrial foods that could probably make you more amenable to that pungent bowl of kimchi.
For instance, Snowpiercer was one giant train jam-packed with unsettling scenes. One of them was the discovery that the rubbery bars all the plebes were fighting over were actually made out of bugs. It’s not Soylent Green-level nasty, but still pretty gross.
Meanwhile, Cronenberg is a one-man factory for gross foods, bodily functions, anus-typewriters, and just about everything else. eXistenZ makes a pretty good argument for unplugging from your VR game to snack on some Cool Ranch Doritos instead of munching on snot-covered, mutated amphibians. In The Fly, Jeff Goldblum gives his snacks a zesty punch by hurling up some some cool ranch of own.
Before Peter Jackson was making elevensies look delicious in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, he was filming a different type of mealtime in Dead Alive. A healthy shot of old-lady pus into a big mouthful of pudding is enough to put anyone off of dessert permanently.
You can visit Mashable’s full list here, along with some gastronomically pleasing animated gifs and YouTube clips. In appreciation of their collection, a few honorable mentions occurred to us, including Jabba’s live frogs, the entire Pankot Palace dinner from Temple Of Doom (technically not science fiction, but definitely gross), Futurama’s Slurm, Dune’s worm-poop “spice,” and the “water, water everywhere, so let’s recycle our urine” filter from Waterworld.