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In this blog for the Herald, I wax lyrical about the peculiar pleasure of seeing humans get eaten alive by monsters or large animals, and detail some of my favourite examples from recent movie history. 

I think everybody would agree that the most memorable part of the original Jurassic Park is when the lawyer on the toilet gets gobbled up by the T-Rex. It’s the film’s most indelible moment.

When a character we’ve gotten to know gets eaten on screen, it can induce something of a primal shock in the viewer. Inversing the food chain in this manner speaks to the cowering caveman in all of us. I like it...