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5th Feb '17 10:50:43 PM NOYB
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* In the ''Literature/{{Ambergris}}'' trilogy, the title town's Festival of the Freshwater Squid, which degenerates into mayhem with surprising frequency [[spoiler:due to mindwarping spores released by the Grey Caps, and later to full-blown fungal monsters created by them]].

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* In the ''Literature/{{Ambergris}}'' trilogy, the title town's Festival of the Freshwater Squid, which degenerates into mayhem with surprising frequency [[spoiler:due to mindwarping spores released by the Grey Gray Caps, and later to full-blown fungal monsters created by them]].
27th Jan '17 3:34:20 AM TudorRose
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* In Creator/RobinJarvis' ''[[Literature/DeptfordMice Deptford Mouselets]]'' book ''Fleabee's Fortune'', the rats have their Festival of the First Blood. There is feasting and merriment, but the main event involves the young rats committing their first murders. If they fail, they are killed themselves.
2nd Jan '17 10:19:09 AM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', the Cloud Horn Parade/Concert on Tipaan, which takes place every 100 days and is beloved of the demihuman Svenjaya, has turned into a periodic firefight because the Cloud Horn could potentially be part of the Nine-part Key if anyone got ahold of it. It's also highly collectible, which means that outworlders with several different goals try to get it during this vulnerable period, and shoot the shit out of the Tipaanese guards and anyone else who tries to protect it. A lot of civilians come just to watch the fight. A lot of civilians also get mowed down because they get too drunk or stoned to get out of the way, though it's not as bad as it sounds because resurrection is available afterwards. The real losers are the Svenjaya, who have seen their happy festival turned into annoying chaos.
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30th Nov '16 11:19:03 AM Leporidae
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* The Seth Fried short story collection TheGreatFrustration contains "Frost Mountain Picnic Massacre", a meditation on an annual town picnic that remains popular despite repeatedly and assuredly ending in disaster and mass casualties:
--> "Last year, the people in charge of the picnic blew us up. Every year it gets worse. That is, more people die. The Frost Mountain Picnic has always been a matter of uncertainty in our town and the massacre is the worst part. Even the people whose picnic blankets were not laid out directly upon the bombline were knocked unconscious by the airborne limbs of their neighbors, or at least had the black earth at the foot of Frost Mountain driven under their eyelids and fingernails and up into their sinuses. [...] The few people along the bombline who survived the blast were at the very least blown into the trees."
24th Nov '16 8:53:17 PM Rockinghood
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* The play-by-post game ''Roleplay/RedRover'' takes place following a mass slaughter at a child's birthday party.
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4th Oct '16 12:43:42 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''auto-da-fé'' in ''{{Candide}}'' is depicted as one of these.

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* The ''auto-da-fé'' in ''{{Candide}}'' ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' is depicted as one of these.
27th Sep '16 12:57:32 PM jedidarrick
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* Averted in ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano'', where the eponymous Joe knows about his fate going in; he volunteers to go anyway because he thinks he's going to die of a "brain cloud" anyway.[[spoiler: While the volcano did wanted a willing sacrifice, the volcano spitting Joe out, with the ensuing destruction of the island showed that it apparently didn't want a deceived sacrifice.]]

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* Averted in ''Film/JoeVersusTheVolcano'', where the eponymous Joe knows about his fate going in; he volunteers to go anyway because he thinks he's going to die of a "brain cloud" anyway.[[spoiler: While the volcano did wanted a willing sacrifice, the volcano spitting Joe out, with the ensuing destruction of the island showed that it apparently didn't want a deceived sacrifice.]]



%%* ''Film/TheCarsThatAteParis'', by Peter Weir, is a classic example.

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%%* * ''Film/TheCarsThatAteParis'', by Peter Weir, is a classic example.
20th Jul '16 9:54:04 AM StFan
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-->-- "[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=97073 Slaughterhouse Bouncer]]", ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''

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-->-- "[[http://gatherer.'''[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=97073 Slaughterhouse Bouncer]]", Bouncer]]''', ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''



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* In ''Franchise/TheTexasChainSawMassacre--Cut!'', a town's Meat Fest turns out to offer a [[ImAHumanitarian very special kind of meat]].
* A town in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' accidentally causes one of these when they don't realize the pagan costume festival they're reviving is causing everyone to go insane (example: a man in a baby outfit reveals he's jealous of the attention his infant son gets from his wife and kills them both; a person with a RictusGrin mask makes sure everyone around him is ''smiling''...). Constantine and a friend figure out that loud Punk Rock can disrupt the effects [[spoiler: but are too late to prevent the entire town from being blown up, along with Constantine's friend.]]

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* In ''Franchise/TheTexasChainSawMassacre--Cut!'', a town's Meat Fest turns out to offer a [[ImAHumanitarian very special kind of meat]].
* A town in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' accidentally causes one of these when they don't realize
As quoted above, the pagan costume festival they're reviving [[TheHedonist Cult]] [[LaughingMad of]] [[AxCrazy Rakdos]] of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' is causing everyone to go insane (example: ''really'' into this trope. They've become a man in a baby outfit reveals he's jealous of bit more reasonable about it by the attention his infant son gets from his wife time of Return to Ravnica. The actually deadly parties cater to Rakdos himself (Currently oscillating between [[SealedEvilInACan asleep]] and kills them both; a person with a RictusGrin mask makes sure everyone around him is ''smiling''...). Constantine and a friend figure out indulging in 24-hour diversions that loud Punk Rock can disrupt rival if not surpass the effects [[spoiler: but Cult's behavior in the first block. Parties and shows that are too late to prevent less lethal (to their audience, anyway) are held more regularly, [[CutLexLuthorACheck and provide the entire town from being blown up, along with Constantine's friend.bulk of their income.]]



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* A classic example is the original version of ''Film/TheWickerMan'', in which a policeman investigating a girl's disappearance finds out that she is going to be sacrificed by pagan villagers. But the truth is even worse...
** The remake does much the same thing, although much less believably. Don't watch it without the Podcast/RiffTrax!
* 1966 film ''Film/EyeOfTheDevil'' has a quite similar plot to ''Film/TheWickerMan'' (which came out [[FollowTheLeader seven years later]]). It too involves a TownWithADarkSecret that conducts a seemingly innocuous fair, which is actually the prelude to a human sacrifice.

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* In ''Franchise/TheTexasChainSawMassacre -- Cut!'', a town's Meat Fest turns out to offer a [[ImAHumanitarian very special kind of meat]].
* A town in ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' accidentally causes one of these when they don't realize the pagan costume festival they're reviving is causing everyone to go insane (example: a man in a baby outfit reveals he's jealous of the attention his infant son gets from his wife and kills them both; a person with a RictusGrin mask makes sure everyone around him is ''smiling''...). Constantine and a friend figure out that loud Punk Rock can disrupt the effects [[spoiler: but are too late to prevent the entire town from being blown up, along with Constantine's friend.]]
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* A classic example is the original version of ''Film/TheWickerMan'', in which a policeman investigating a girl's disappearance finds out that she is going to be sacrificed by pagan villagers. But the truth is even worse...
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worse... The remake does much the same thing, although much less believably. Don't watch it without the Podcast/RiffTrax!
* 1966 film ''Film/EyeOfTheDevil'' has a quite similar plot to ''Film/TheWickerMan'' ''The Wicker Man'' (which came out [[FollowTheLeader seven years later]]). It too involves a TownWithADarkSecret that conducts a seemingly innocuous fair, which is actually the prelude to a human sacrifice.



* In the film and musical of ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the entire number "God, That's Good!" is a celebration of this trope. Slicing up the odd barbershop customer for meat pies is bad enough, but watching the patrons of the pie shop devour the delectables with insatiable mirth is very eerie, [[LyricalDissonance no matter how cheery the music]].

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* In the film and musical of ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'':
** The
entire number "God, That's Good!" is a celebration of this trope. Slicing up the odd barbershop customer for meat pies is bad enough, but watching the patrons of the pie shop devour the delectables with insatiable mirth is very eerie, [[LyricalDissonance no matter how cheery the music]].



* The 200th Anniversary celebration in Film/{{Batman}}, where the Joker hosts the party--and then releases the Smilex gas.

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* The 200th Anniversary celebration in Film/{{Batman}}, ''Film/{{Batman}}'', where the Joker hosts the party--and party -- and then releases the Smilex gas.



** "It's bad luck to even ''see'' somethin' like that!"

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** "It's -->"It's bad luck to even ''see'' somethin' like that!"



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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' paid homage to ''The Wicker Man'' in an episode [[spoiler: where TheVicar is burned alive inside a straw effigy during a village festival]].
** There's quite a lot of this in Midsomer. The wannabe-druid expy in ''The Fisher King'', the (hilarious) Illuminati expies (I forget the episode), so on and so forth...
* In ''YoungDracula'', the Count threw a traditional Hunt Ball in which the Branaughs were invited to a party where all of the other guests were vampires. At midnight, the vampires would reveal themselves to the 'breathers' and hunt them down.

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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' paid ''Series/MidsomerMurders'':
** The series pays
homage to ''The Wicker Man'' in an episode [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:where TheVicar is burned alive inside a straw effigy during a village festival]].
** There's quite a lot of this in Midsomer. ''Midsomer''. The wannabe-druid expy in ''The "The Fisher King'', King", the (hilarious) Illuminati expies (I forget the episode), expies, so on and so forth...
* In ''YoungDracula'', ''Series/YoungDracula'', the Count threw a traditional Hunt Ball in which the Branaughs were invited to a party where all of the other guests were vampires. At midnight, the vampires would reveal themselves to the 'breathers' and hunt them down.



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* ''{{Exalted}}'' features the Republic of Chaya, a ''country'' where this holds sway. The people of Chaya have what may be the closest thing to a truly representative democracy in the game, and there's a heavy emphasis on community and celebration. But when the fire-trees are in the bloom, the citizens go into an orgiastic fury and tear any outsiders to shreds.
* Played for laughs in ''KoboldsAteMyBaby''. Kobolds love parties and are gourmet cooks. King Torg (all hail King Torg) has decided to throw a party tomorrow. Kobolds are terrible planners and the tastiest meat for parties--human babies--is not in the pantry. The second tastiest thing in the world to a fresh baby is a fresh kobold. End result: the player characters, also known as the runtiest, weakest, and stupidest members of the tribe, better go round up dinner or become dinner. HilarityEnsues.
* As quoted above, the [[TheHedonist Cult]] [[LaughingMad of]] [[AxCrazy Rakdos]] of ''MagicTheGathering'' is ''really'' into this trope.
** They've become a bit more reasonable about it by the time of Return to Ravnica. The actually deadly parties cater to Rakdos himself (Currently oscillating between [[SealedEvilInACan asleep]] and indulging in 24-hour diversions that rival if not surpass the Cult's behavior in the first block. Parties and shows that are less lethal (to their audience, anyway) are held more regularly, [[CutLexLuthorACheck and provide the bulk of their income.]]
* In the fourth edition of TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, the city of Neverwinter (in the already [[CrapsackWorld magically wrecked]] Forgotten Realms campaign setting) was half leveled by a volcano some thirty or so years before the in-game present. But good news! There are still great feasts, dances and other galas within Castle Never! Of course those are held by packs of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Thayan-made ghouls]] who were trapped while exploring the ruined castle for their lich lords, and are now whiling away the hours by playing dress-up in the long-dead nobles' finery. They thank adventuring groups that dig them out about how you'd expect starving, half-intelligent zombies to...

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' features the Republic of Chaya, a ''country'' where this holds sway. The people of Chaya have what may be the closest thing to a truly representative democracy in the game, and there's a heavy emphasis on community and celebration. But when the fire-trees are in the bloom, the citizens go into an orgiastic fury and tear any outsiders to shreds.
* Played for laughs in ''KoboldsAteMyBaby''.''TabletopGame/KoboldsAteMyBaby''. Kobolds love parties and are gourmet cooks. King Torg (all hail King Torg) has decided to throw a party tomorrow. Kobolds are terrible planners and the tastiest meat for parties--human babies--is parties -- human babies -- is not in the pantry. The second tastiest thing in the world to a fresh baby is a fresh kobold. End result: the player characters, also known as the runtiest, weakest, and stupidest members of the tribe, better go round up dinner or become dinner. HilarityEnsues.
* As quoted above, the [[TheHedonist Cult]] [[LaughingMad of]] [[AxCrazy Rakdos]] of ''MagicTheGathering'' is ''really'' into this trope.
** They've become a bit more reasonable about it by the time of Return to Ravnica. The actually deadly parties cater to Rakdos himself (Currently oscillating between [[SealedEvilInACan asleep]] and indulging in 24-hour diversions that rival if not surpass the Cult's behavior in the first block. Parties and shows that are less lethal (to their audience, anyway) are held more regularly, [[CutLexLuthorACheck and provide the bulk of their income.]]
* In the fourth edition of TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', the city of Neverwinter (in the already [[CrapsackWorld magically wrecked]] Forgotten Realms campaign setting) was half leveled by a volcano some thirty or so years before the in-game present. But good news! There are still great feasts, dances and other galas within Castle Never! Of course those are held by packs of [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Thayan-made ghouls]] who were trapped while exploring the ruined castle for their lich lords, and are now whiling away the hours by playing dress-up in the long-dead nobles' finery. They thank adventuring groups that dig them out about how you'd expect starving, half-intelligent zombies to...



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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had this as the underlying motive for the entire country (world?) and its obsession with celebrity. It's gonna be a good harvest, indeed.
** ''The Wacky Molestation Adventure'', a parody of movies such as ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' and ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'', features a version of "Carousel" from ''Film/LogansRun''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had has this as the underlying motive for the entire country (world?) and its obsession with celebrity. It's gonna be a good harvest, indeed.
** ''The "The Wacky Molestation Adventure'', Adventure", a parody of movies such as ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' and ''Literature/LordOfTheFlies'', features a version of "Carousel" from ''Film/LogansRun''.



* The lynchings in the Southeastern U.S. of the 19th-to-mid-20th centuries frequently had a celebratory, carnival atmosphere, attended by dozens of people. The often drawn-out tortures, commemorative photos and subsequent retrieval of "souvenirs" from the corpse had all the fervency of passionate social ritual.
** Via this, the trope inspired a [[http://www.snopes.com/language/offense/picnic.asp hoax email]] widely circulated around 1999-2000. The "public service announcement" claimed that these sorts of lynchings gave birth to the word ''picnic'': The original, utterly offensive phrase was "pick a nigger". Although the true etymology is well-known to be from the whimsical French ''piquenique'', the notion gained enough traction that SUNY/Albany [[SlaveToPR refused to use the word]] to describe a celebration even after their own faculty [[IgnoredExpert pointed out the error]]. (For bonus points, when they tried to call it an "outing" instead, [[UnpleasableFanbase homosexuals protested]].)

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* The lynchings in the Southeastern U.S. of the 19th-to-mid-20th centuries frequently had a celebratory, carnival atmosphere, attended by dozens of people. The often drawn-out tortures, commemorative photos and subsequent retrieval of "souvenirs" from the corpse had all the fervency of passionate social ritual.
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Via this, the trope inspired a [[http://www.snopes.com/language/offense/picnic.asp hoax email]] widely circulated around 1999-2000. The "public service announcement" claimed that these sorts of lynchings gave birth to the word ''picnic'': The original, utterly offensive phrase was "pick a nigger". Although the true etymology is well-known to be from the whimsical French ''piquenique'', the notion gained enough traction that SUNY/Albany [[SlaveToPR refused to use the word]] to describe a celebration even after their own faculty [[IgnoredExpert pointed out the error]]. (For bonus points, when they tried to call it an "outing" instead, [[UnpleasableFanbase homosexuals protested]].)



* Public executions in Europe were a popular day out for all the family, complete with a carnival atmosphere and large, poorly constructed viewing platforms to ensure that no one missed the fun. The tradition apparently traveled to America. Public hangings, particularly in the Wild West, could exhibit this air, especially if the condemned is/are one or more much-reviled members of the community.

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* Public executions in Europe were a popular day out for all the family, complete with a carnival atmosphere and large, poorly constructed viewing platforms to ensure that no one no-one missed the fun. The tradition apparently traveled to America. Public hangings, particularly in the Wild West, could exhibit this air, especially if the condemned is/are one or more much-reviled members of the community.



27th Jun '16 11:55:47 PM PaulA
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* ''The Book of Three'', the first entry in LloydAlexander's extremely Welsh ''ChroniclesOfPrydain'' series, briefly involves [[TheDragon the Horned King]] building a bunch of big, anthropomorphic wicker baskets, and then filling them full of peasants... This scene got completely omitted from Disney's adaptation, for [[{{Bowdlerize}} obvious reasons]].
23rd Jun '16 12:59:01 PM Ebrbfureh
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A variation on the trope is that the killings are performed by a minority and that the rest of the town is oblivious. This, too, has a twisted horror to it - the idea that families are participating in a horrible murder without realizing is very creepy.

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A variation on the trope is that the killings are performed by a minority and that the rest of the town is oblivious. This, too, has a twisted horror to it - the it--the idea that families are participating in a horrible murder without realizing is very creepy.



* In Creator/ShirleyJackson's short story "Literature/TheLottery", a village holds a village event in which families draw straws to see which family - and which family member - is the winner. [[spoiler:That member is then stoned to death by everyone else.]]

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* In Creator/ShirleyJackson's short story "Literature/TheLottery", a village holds a village event in which families draw straws to see which family - and family--and which family member - is member--is the winner. [[spoiler:That member is then stoned to death by everyone else.]]



** "The Awakening": A small village's celebrations of an historic anniversary incorporate ritual prompted by the evil being sleeping beneath the village church. The Doctor's companion, Tegan, is offered the Guest of Honor's place - on top of a pile of kindling, tied to a stake.

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** "The Awakening": A small village's celebrations of an historic anniversary incorporate ritual prompted by the evil being sleeping beneath the village church. The Doctor's companion, Tegan, is offered the Guest of Honor's place - on place--on top of a pile of kindling, tied to a stake.



* The ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Harvest" has Lois Lane invited to share dinner with a very nice family in a small town -- which plans to sacrifice her in a ritual to insure a bountiful harvest.

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* The ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Harvest" has Lois Lane invited to share dinner with a very nice family in a small town -- which town--which plans to sacrifice her in a ritual to insure a bountiful harvest.



* Played for laughs in ''KoboldsAteMyBaby''. Kobolds love parties and are gourmet cooks. King Torg (all hail King Torg) has decided to throw a party tomorrow. Kobolds are terrible planners and the tastiest meat for parties - human babies - is not in the pantry. The second tastiest thing in the world to a fresh baby is a fresh kobold. End result: the player characters, also known as the runtiest, weakest, and stupidest members of the tribe, better go round up dinner or become dinner. HilarityEnsues.

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* Played for laughs in ''KoboldsAteMyBaby''. Kobolds love parties and are gourmet cooks. King Torg (all hail King Torg) has decided to throw a party tomorrow. Kobolds are terrible planners and the tastiest meat for parties - human babies - is parties--human babies--is not in the pantry. The second tastiest thing in the world to a fresh baby is a fresh kobold. End result: the player characters, also known as the runtiest, weakest, and stupidest members of the tribe, better go round up dinner or become dinner. HilarityEnsues.
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