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'…
I don't know a thing about the career of the late Antonia Bird, but damn did she crank out one helluva horror hybrid that by the end, leaves me wondering what kind of movie is this, really? Black comedy? Body horror? Survivalist escapism? Satiric homo-erotic allegory? Supernatural deconstruction of masculinity? It's a wonderful pastiche of many things, but above all, is just a damn entertaining ride which admittedly loses focus in the second half, yet the culmination of that final image makes the simmering aimlessness of act three feel necessary. Just knowing that a woman directed all that thick, projectile blood to such gleefully gruesome effect makes me happy. Any filmmaker not willing to get down and dirty with practical blood effects shows me that you aren't as dedicated to your craft as you aught to be and I will probably dismiss your film outright.
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…
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," 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…
"Too much bourbon in his bourbon."
I first heard about Ravenous through unofficial channels. And by that, I mean I saw a preview for it on an old VHS copy of Office Space about eight months ago. Sometimes trailers for forgotten 90s movies can be very amusing, but this movie looked so crazy that I had to see it. "Guy Pearce? Robert Carlyle? Cannibalism? What the hell is this movie?," I thought to myself. It could have easily been terrible, but the truth is quite the opposite. Only quite recently, I've gotten the chance to see Ravenous in all of its crazy uniqueness. It's honestly like nothing I've ever seen before. The execution lacks in some places, but for a…
"Peculiar" is the word to mind when watching Ravenous. The film bizarrely fluctuates between dark satire and eerie action sequences as it explores the inhuman-ness of being a cannibal. Guy Pearce and cast pull off a strangely dramatic, almost-like-Hamlet performance. This is most certainly not a film for everyone, but with its eclectic music and its odd but cheesy plot, Ravenous satisfies a particular appetite of mine: that of macabre and spectacular tragedy.
Failed to interest me.
I hope this film inspired at least one movie goer go eat someone.
Jet-black B-movie. Gory, funny, odd. The idiosyncratic s/track fits perfectly. Pearce is superb as always, but it's Carlyle's film. A wonderful piece of work. #see
perfecto ejemplo del problema o la inutilidad de tratar de clasificar una película por género:
el paisaje, el momento histórico e incluso algunas referencias verbales a "la conquista del oeste" nos dan un western, el tono nos da una comedia nigérrima, ciertos giros y lugares comunes nos remiten al cine de horror y ciertas circunstancias generales nos colocan en un drama tipo lord jim.
¿qué hacer con todo eso?
The story of a disgraced soldier Mexican-American War Captain (Guy Pearce) who must battle a cannibal (Robert Carlyle) in the California wilderness tries to meld horror, dark comedy, and revisionist history, but never quite succeeds. The film seems more concerned with sustaining its experimental soundtrack, which was composed by Michael Nyman and Blur's Damon Albarn, than cultivating an semblance of suspense.
How have I never seen this film! Amazing! Absolutely bizarre score that ended up being one of my favorites. Wow, i loved it.
Not a fan of movies that take place in the civil war era, which I think kept me from enjoying this film as much as I would have otherwise. Fun cannibalism plot and wonderful acting from Pearce and Carlyle.
The opening quotes set a good precedents:
“He that fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster,” -Friedrich Nietzsche
"Eat me" -Anonymous
This was a great bizarre and unique colonial survivor horror! The film has received mixed reviews, as many offbeat horror films tend to, but if you are on the hunt for something different, do yourself a favor and check this one out.
Of note, the bizarre score is one oddity in particular, with moments of tension set upon the backdrop of twangy guitars and banjos. The "colonialism" aspect of it is also very loosely arranged, so if you are the kind of person that was bothered by historical inaccuracies of Jim…
- 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…