A 1982 Black Comedy
directed by, co-written by and co-starring Paul Bartel
. Inspired in part by the original British The Ladykillers
and Kind Hearts and Coronets
. Has also been compared to Charlie Chaplin
's Monsieur Verdoux
Available on DVD and Blu-ray
as part of The Criterion Collection
- Black Comedy Cannibalism: See the title.
- Chez Restaurant: Paul wants to call the restaurant Chez Bland. Mary realizes that might not fly so well. Paul still insists that their signature dish should be "The Bland Enchilada."
- The Danza: Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov as Paul and Mary Bland.
- Electrified Bathtub: The hottub at the party.
- Frying Pan of Doom: Paul and Mary's weapon of choice. It appears to be enameled steel, rather than true cast iron, though.
Mary: While you're out would you get a new frying pan? I feel a little squeamish cooking in the one we use to kill people.
- Hypocritical Humor: Paul and Mary have no problem killing swingers for their money since they believe the swingers are lowlifes who nobody is going to miss, while they are nice people.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Played with. Most of their victims' bodies go to the Doggie-King dog food factory. One does become dinner for the Blands and a guest, and it's implied that long pig may be a regular staple of the restaurant.
- Latin Lover: Raoul
- Meaningful Name: The Blands are just that...bland.
- The Musical: It opened off-Broadway in 1992.
- The Secret of Long Pork Pies: The second dinner with James, at the very least. Possibly a regular occurrence at "Paul & Mary's Country Kitchen".
James: (taking another serving of the entree): This is delicious. Is it French?
Mary: It's more ... Spanish.
- A Simple Plan: Paul & Mary kill swingers for their money so they can put the down-payment on their dream restaurant.
- Spell My Name with an S: Bartel was informed that the proper Chicano spelling of Raoul was Raul, but chose to keep the French spelling for aesthetic reasons.
- Spoiler Title: Yes, Raoul gets eaten.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife