Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
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…
Begins like it's going to be a dark comedy of Old West brutality, an icy send-up of The Donner Party and other infamous tales of people driven to the brink by desperation. But it soon drops its comic stylings for a weirdly paced hodgepodge where each actor appears to be in a different movie. Robert Carlyle devours scenery with a series of smugly delivered eating puns while Guy Pierce turns in a relatively irony-free depiction of a man tormented by his craven past. Only Jeffrey Jones seems to be in the movie I want to see, approaching the material with a bemused detachment that feels weary and lived in, fully lacking in Carlyle's "I am totally nailing this scene" self-awareness. Feels like a potentially interesting movie patched together by thousands of studio notes.
It doesn't come as much of a surprise that this wasn't received all that rapturously at the time of its release as it feels like the product of two or three different sets of influences, one driving the film towards gross-out horror comedy (the least successful thread of this film are the various attempts at broad comedy which are woefully uninspired and tonally mis-matched to the film's occasional touches of grim, dark humour that come through particularly well in Carlyle's performance), another towards gorey horror (while not necessarily all that frightening the film does do a solid job of building tension during the rescue party's trip and the third act duel while also providing plenty of bloody gore toeing the…
"He was licking meeee!"
Always loved this movie and felt it was underrated. Now 15 years out it seems to have found its audience. Top notch performances and a great score by Damon Albarn highlight this cannibal horror comedy period piece.
The visual puns in the final fight scene between Boyd and Ives are fantastic.
Squanders a talented cast and David Arquette, but the soundtrack is good. The film simultaneously feels too short and too long.
Very eerie indeed. The soundtrack perfectly portrays what's going on in the film. While it gets exceedingly deep into the psychotic break of two men, it desperately entrances you into their conflict. You will become ravenous, and wonder what that special ingredient in grandma's stew might actually be.
Ravenous is a movie at odds with its premise. On the one hand we've got an effective horror concept (hint: it's cannibalism), with an effective horror villain, and a relatively effective protagonist to root for.
So it's befuddling that the director chose to jeopardize that goodness by dampening the atmosphere with misplaced attempts at humor. From the whimsical music during an intense (well, should have been intense) chase scene to visual gags where you can feel the director slyly winking at the audience, telling them it's ok to laugh at the violence.
This reminder that the director wants us to take everything lightheartedly isn't constant enough to make Ravenous a comedy, but not infrequent enough to keep it from being a pesky constant throughout. You almost get submerged in the actual plot, and then WHAP, you feel the director telling you to experience the movie in a funny, lighthearted way.
Good film but somewhat unconsistent in its tone - first it wants to be funny, then drama, then horror, but not at the same time.
Good performances especially from Robert Carlyle, who I'm normally to fond of.
i tried guessing the plot like four times and was always wrong
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House of the Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…