If you're still looking for some inspiration for tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast, how about taking a break from Pinterest boards and turducken tutorials and queuing up something more cinematic? Just in time for you to set your table, we've assembled this list of the best four distinctive spreads ever to appear onscreen, any one of which will delight your guests, except for the one case where they'll be too terrified to eat anything.
The scene: A lumpy, middle-aged Peter Pan sits down to a feast that doesn't exist until he imagines it into existence.
The food: The table is covered with pie pans filled with wildly colorful... slop of some sort. What is it? Dunno! GUESS YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION.
The flourish: Let your guests eat no more than two bites of their slop pies before you instigate a horrific food fight.
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The scene: Jack-o-lanterns levitate above a table piled high with autumnal goodies, right before a troll shows up to ruin the entire meal.
The food: If you want to skip the turkey and just create a spread made entirely of dessert, congratulations, you've got it. The camera pans over carrot cakes, chocolate-dipped cones, marshmallows, lollipops, various unidentifiable pastries, and giant piles of candy corn. Don't worry, though: There's a basket of apples in there for your fitness-obsessed cousin.
The flourish: Signal the conclusion of the feast by having a turban-clad fellow kick down the door, screaming, "Troll! TROLLLLLl! Troll in the dungeon!"
3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The scene: The Whos, young and old, sit down to a feast. And they'll feast, and they'll feast, and they'll feast feast feast feast.
The food: They'll feast on Who pudding, and rare Who roast beast! (In the absence of beast, beef will do the trick.)
The flourish: Make sure the hate-filled family member who ruined last year's Thanksgiving is in charge of roast-carving duties.
4. Pan's Labyrinth
The scene: Young Ofelia has to retrieve a dagger from the lair of a monster, but she's waylaid in her quest by the temptation of a table piled high with delicious food.
The food: The Pale Man's feast mostly features fruits and fruit-accented dishes, from luscious melon slices to a raspberry tart to a roast garnished with pineapple slices and cherries. And of course, there are the grapes the ultimately prove too much for Ofelia to resist.
The flourish: Complete the ambiance by asking your oldest, lankiest, saggiest-skinned family member to forgo dinner, and instead sit nude and motionless at the head of the table with a pair of eyeballs on his plate.