They warned Jason. They told him to stay out of the woods at night. Others had already died out there. He should have listened, for he is now trapped among a pack of hungry wolves. And when they're that hungry, they won't wait until Jason's dead before they savor him ...
Eaten Alive - one of many possible fates for a character, be they protagonist or antagonist, but is often employed as an act of karma for any given flaw in a character's ... character. Since humans are a part of the food chain (higher now than before), this remains as one of our primal fears, that is, being consumed by something while we are still conscious. This trope goes as far back as The Odyssey (and further) to Little Red Riding Hood and beyond. It's a pretty deep trope, eh?
For obvious reasons, this is a popular trope in the horror genre, usually among creature films (like our ol' pal Jaws up there). Sure, the thought of being eaten is gross, but when you're still alive? It's grody, and it's the premise of every zombie story. Ever.
Should've used the Buddy System, Amy ...
You never know when your actions may get you thrown to the dogs, something Cato should've considered when taking Peeta hostage.
Mutant dog chow in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
What can be worse than being eaten alive? Savored alive, as in, slowly consumed, be it a desert creature on Tatooine or a gelatinous mass.
Don't let it touch your hand, Homeless Dude!
There are cases, however, where the monster doesn't like the way someone tastes and spits them out. Or we know in advance that a character will be eaten alive because he is condemned to be so by someone else. Whichever flavor you prefer, the notion that someone is about to be dinner is a cringe-worthy addition to stories where such a fate would be appropriate. Pass me the pepper, would'ya?
Was someone eaten alive in your story? What delicious examples can you share with us? Do you think we taste like chicken?
I'm David, and *looks to the side* clever girl ...!