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…
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…
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…
Funny story - I saw this a test screening and they gave us beef jerky as a souvenir. Beef fucking jerky! It was wonderful. What a joy to revisit.
I can't believe it took me over ten years to watch this.
Hasn't aged particularly gracefully, but Robert Carlyle, man.
Most of the movie takes place a fort where people are stationed during a war. An outsider comes in who tells tales of his past brigade eating people to stay alive. Obviously with a title like this you know what happens next.
I think I went into it with the wrong idea. I saw many reviews saying "best horror ever made", huh? It was an odd movie, comedic showings that reminded me of a light Monty Python, music was very corny too, probably meant to be like that. If I went in knowing it was supposed to be fun then I would've enjoyed it much more. It certainly was entertaining and can appeal to a wider range of viewers due to the many genres it can fall in.
Nyman's fantastic score elevates the entire project wonderfully. But we're all so terribly lazy about our audio.
Cool, twisted, dark comedy about cannibalism. Was surprised how much I liked this period thriller.
The original and creative nature of this overlooked horror tale, combined with a ongoing lighthearted tone allow for continuous re-visitation and amusement by fans. At it center lies a chilling tale of human guilt bleeds into a horrific metaphor for man’s ongoing compulsion for conquest and power. A compelling score beautifully captures the colorful band of characters and antebellum setting.
Set in 1840s America a Texas Army officer is exiled to a remote California fort where he hears of a disturbing tale of cannibalism told by rescued man days after his arrival. This wonderfully unique war-themed horror film acts as a sinister metaphor for power and a nation's strong desire for expansion and growth. Performances are strong and consistent from the cast in their portrayal of the most odd characters, who in combined with moments of dark humour make for equally perplexing and immensely entertaining viewing. Audiences will be captivated by the stunning cinematography in addition to the very memorable main music score, in which its upbeat twang further adds to the contrast in this bizarre mix of genres.
It's incredibly rare for a movie to catch me this off guard. To seem so strange and otherworldly during the first half that I barely know what to do with it, much less how to categorize it.
The tonal weirdness -- largely influenced by the bizarre and amazing score -- is a necessary component to ease the audience into the supernatural turn the film takes.
The film turns into a heightened comedy satire of the modern political scene with some blunt, but biting, metaphors. I can't overstate how much I loved it.
- Under the Skin
- Tropical Malady
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
- Inland Empire
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)