Screenwriters locked Hannibal Lecter and Blofeld in boxes but they’ll reuse any plot device, from balloons as harbingers of doom to Scooby-Doo-style face-swapping

Last week, I watched three films in a row in which someone cuts their finger while chopping vegetables: Belfast-set drama Here Before, whimsical indie The Blazing World, and Silent Night, a British black comedy that earns bonus points because blood drips on to a carrot, which somebody then eats. In two recent horror films, Color out of Space and The Dark and the Wicked, supernaturally afflicted mothers get so carried away slicing vegetables they chop their own fingers off.

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