Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
You Are Who You Eat
Upon receiving reports of missing persons at Fort Spencer, a remote Army outpost on the Western frontier, Capt. John Boyd investigates. After arriving at his new post, Boyd and his regiment aid a wounded frontiersman who recounts a horrifying tale of a wagon train murdered by its supposed guide -- a vicious U.S. Army colonel gone rogue. Fearing the worst, the regiment heads out into the wilderness to verify the gruesome claims
Cannibals in the snow. No it's not Game of Thrones or the tasty Hannibal, it's Ravenous and it's extremely delicious. Yummy steak! Reassignment. Principal Rooney. Peace pipe. Snow the precipitation not the washed-up rapper. Playing dead. Deputy Dewey before Scream 3. Begbie takes a bath. Dum Dum Dugan. Shortcut. Meat is meat. Search party. Begbie's goggles. Billy Sole's great great grandfather. Bourbon cures everything. Going all Hannibal Lecter on a motherfucker. Scary cave. George's badass bow and arrow. Spooked. Extra bones. Extreme digging. Tomahawk chop. Begbie yell. Pursuit. Free fallin'. Begbie giggle. Leap of faith. Proper grave. How much wood could Deputy Dewey chop if Deputy Dewey could chop wood? Skippin' rocks like The Kid. Teepee. Gone way too fuckin'…
Part of Lise and Jonnie’s Horror-o-Thon 2014
When I was ten, my parents took me on a trip to Disneyland. After that, we drove from Anaheim to visit my uncle in Reno. Like many tourists travelling route 80 through the High Sierras, we made a short detour to visit Donner Pass. Being a Canadian kid, the story of the Donner expedition wasn’t in my history books. I remember reading a plaque, and a photo taken of my dad chomping on my mom’s arm. I’m sure there’ve been countless numbers of similar photos since.
Little did I know that my father would turn into a blood thirsty zombie.
This film is a warning. Heed it. If travelling from Anaheim to Reno, take the 15 east to Las Vegas, then the 95 north to Reno. Your family will thank you.
Well this was a welcome surprise. With the tragic death last year of Antonia Bird I felt the time was right to venture into her "Western" about cannibals. Starring one of her favorites, Mr Robert Carlyle, she doesn't mess about when it comes to the gore.
When Guy Pearce's Captain Boyd is sent to a remote Fort in the Californian Sierra Nevada mountains, little did he know what horrors awaited him. A film that has an almost comedic approach to it's horror aspect and a top notch performance by Carlyle, this did make me chuckle more than once. From the brilliant premise to Bird's full-on immersion in a story that has been mined from real life wilderness stories of the…
Antonia Bird's "Ravenous," a tale of cannibalism in the 19th century, would have made a strong horror film had it not been for some darkly comic touches that dull its horrific qualities. As it stands, however, the film is a solid thriller with some shifts in tone that lighten it mood.
Following a US Army Captain, played by Guy Pearce, who has been stationed in a remote California outpost, the film is gruesome and engrossing look at what happens when a stranger, with tales of cannibalism, happens upon the outpost. The stranger, of course, is not who he seems.
The narrative is compelling and moves quickly, keeping the audience engaged with nicely crafted bits of tension. The film is good…
How the hell had I not heard of this movie before? A late 1800s pseudo-zombie cannibal movie with a fantastic cast and lots of blood and guts? Hell yeah.
Guy Pearce and Robert Carlysle are both amazing in the lead roles and keeping the whole film small, in really only two locations, was brilliant. It made it very claustrophobic even though you were outside for a good chunk of the film.
Kind of a silly, crazy movie, but a heck of a lot of fun.
Antonia Bird's Ravenous is a film that's fairly original and one that had great potential. The problem is it never quite lives up to that potential. The premise is a good one, but after an impressive setup it becomes a monotonous and often boring horror film that's more disappointing than bad.
Guy Pearce stars as Capt. John Boyd. A man who's act of cowardice during the Mexican-American war has landed him at a desolate military outpost in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Not long after he arrives and meets the rag-tag group of soldiers that reside there a wounded man arrives at their doorstep. His name is F.W. Colqhoun (Robert Carlyle) and he has a story to tell that involves desperate…
Seriously, seriously underrated movie. A dark comedy in the same vein as Fargo. Equally as funny, but twice as violent.
I've been watching a lot of weird movies lately, and I think this one somehow takes the cake. I wouldn't say this is a great movie, but it is an interesting, very singular movie. I can confidently say I've never seen anything quite like it.
It's an odd mix of historical fiction, supernatural folklore, and psychological horror, loosely inspired by The Donner Party story. But if that sounds as unappealing to you as it did to me, fear not and read on, dear reader.
The movie has a really odd sense of humor, one of the strangest soundtracks I could imagine this story having (composed by Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz), and is full of bizarre plot twists that…
"a dark sense of humor and solid cast prove more than enough to make Ravenous worth chewing on."
Full Review @ bloodygoodhorror.com/bgh/reviews/ravenous
Hadn't seen this since it's initial video release, and while I remembered liking it, I really had forgotten just how great it is. I get that maybe the tone threw audiences off at the time (I don't think they knew how to sell it as the pitch-black comedy it is), but it is one of the best modern examples (if we ARE still calling it modern) of mixing humor with horror (it's never SCARY, but it does do an excellent job of building tension and establishing a creepy tone, especially in the first half). It also has one of the most underrated scores of recent cinema. I'm not sure how much film scoring work Damon Albarn has done apart from this movie, but judging by the excellent music here, I guarantee it's not enough. Glad I rediscovered this one, and I'm definitely not going to wait as long to revisit it again.
"I said no food. I didn't say there was nothing to eat."
Absolute pitch black comedy that really weirded me out. Quirky and fun at times, but truly bizarre. I like how every actor just goes for broke and lets loose, but the story was just too weird for me. A fun little movie with cult appeal, clearly, but didn't get too much out of this first watch.
estaba yo muy chavo cuando salió y no me percaté de cómo es una parábola de la conquista del oeste y en general de cómo estados unidos se construyó.
Despite the presence of the always great Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, Once Upon a Time), the behind-the-scenes problems that plagued Ravenous—a film inspired by real life accounts of cannibalism—show through in the finished product.
"If you die first, I am definitely going to eat you. The question is if I die, what are you going to do?"
Ravenous is a true cult movie, a grisly pitch black comedy little seen but loved by a small contingent of which I count myself a part. Guy Pierce is never less than excellent in every film he is in, but Robert Carlyle is the real star turning in a monstrous, playfully fiendish performance that is both arch and understated. The smart direction by Antonia Byrd deftly balances the shifting tones while striking an idiosyncratic spin on the material all her own. It's a shame this wasn't the start of a fantastic career and a crime that she died without much recognition.
And the score!
Read some glowing reviews about this. But to be honest I really didn't get it what all the fuss was about. At all. Was neither funny, nor scary, nor suspenseful, nor anything really. It just sort of 'was'. It finished and that was that. It was almost like at some point in the mkaing of this film they realised what a dumb premise it was and thought they'd try to lighten it up a bit.
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…