WARNING!!! HERE THERE BE SPOILERS!
Elizabeth Taylor orders an all-beef frank in the film version of SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER (1959).
Man, I love the plays of Tennessee Williams and how he perfectly captures the fucked-up sensibility of dysfunctional Southern families (I was raised in the Northeast but my lineage hails from deep in Alabama and Mississippi, so I truly get what he was going for), most especially as seen in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1947) and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1955). Yet one work of his that I have not seen is SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER, a one act play from 1958 that focuses on such Williams thematic mainstays as mental illness, homosexuality and general human weirdness, but what makes this one ever so special is the bizarro catalyst for its parade of misery. I've been aware of the story's content for years and I have no idea what popped it into my head today, but I've gotta see the movie one of these days for reasons that will instantly become apparent once you've read this Wikipedia synopsis:
The play features Catherine Holly, a young woman who seems to go insane after her cousin Sebastian dies on a trip to Europe under mysterious circumstances. Sebastian's mother, Violet Venable, tries to cloud the truth about her son's homosexuality and his death, as she wants him to be remembered as a great artist. She threatens to lobotomize Catherine for her incoherent utterances relating to Sebastian's demise. Finally, under the influence of a truth serum, Catherine tells the gruesome story of Sebastian's death by cannibalism at the hand of local boys whose sexual favors he sought. Both his mother and later Catherine were only devices for him to attract the young men.
The cannibalism flashback from the movie... What the fuck, dude?!!?
Yes, you read that right: cannibalism. Motherfucking cannibalism committed by underage boys who were the target of some vile chickenhawk!!! I cannot imagine just what the fuck was going through Williams' head when he unleashed that one on unsuspecting audiences just over fifty years ago, but that element and the pedophilia must have been one hell of a kick in the head for people who probably had enough trouble dealing with all the gay stuff in his various works.
Seriously, fucking cannibalism! That's just plain balls-out crazy and another reason why I wish I could have met Williams' drugged-out alcoholic ass. Blanche DuBois' rape in STREETCAR was hardcore enough, but having a character devoured by a bunch of goddamned kids? Maniacal genius.