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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'…
It may be hard to believe now, but once upon a time — call it the late Nineties — a major movie studio sunk $12 million into a comedic western about 19th century soldiers who believed eating other humans endow folks with superhuman strength and the ability to recover from life-threatening injuries. When shooting on the film crashed to a halt after three weeks of interference and executive micromanaging, one of the suits at at 20th Century Fox hit upon an idea: fire director Milcho Manchevski — the Macedonian art house sensation whose devastating wartime romance Before the Rain was nominated for an Oscar — and replace him with Raja Gosnell, whose only feature credit to date was Home Alone 3.
Shockingly, it didn't work out.
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 Western thriller with some shifts in tone that lighten its 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…
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…
Stone cold classic.
Man does this deserve a re-watch. 15 year old me thought that it was fun and wicked and dangerous, but maybe I didn't get the, shall one say, nuances of the story?
A one of a kind movie. Antonia Bird's single Hollywood film is a post-modern twist on the Western, the horror, the black comedy. It's a truly subversive film that builds tension brilliantly and never feels like it is treading over previously trod ground.
Not a single narrative beat is familiar. Writer Ted Griffin's characters might feel identifiable though. Each feels of a stereotype yet the cast immediately make an impression with what's before them. The story goes against the expected with the ones you think might save the day not. Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn's music remains discordant throughout so even the more sedate moments have an off-kilter and unsettling quality.
The star here is Robert Carlyle. He's obviously a…
Morality of immortality
Gets better every time i watch it
"Eat to live. Don't live to eat."
Somewhere half way between The Revenant and Cannibal the Musical, this movie has some fairly thrilling moments but also wants to keep you laughing.
Colonel Hart: It's lonely being a cannibal. Tough making friends.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"It's not courage to resist me Boyd. It's courage to accept me."
While the luscious landscape and Roeg-esque editing were very appealing at first, the story fell through many predictable twists and turns in the first half of the film; however, I will admit I did not see the last act coming. It has quite the cast, featuring Robert Carylyle, Guy Pearce, and balances humor with grotesque imagery. It is probably one of the most unusual films of the late 90's in which there was such a big budget for a strange tale.
I read some on the production history, and it seems like it was pretty chaotic in the beginning of the shoot.
That music was unlike any I have heard in a horror film.
A speedy rewatch just a couple of days after reviewing this initially, this time I watched with the Antonia Bird/Damon Albarn commentary track.
Interestingly, Bird mentions that Sheila Tousey's character was not originally written as female, and that the decision to swap her gender and cast Tousey was made somewhere along the line before Bird came on board (indeed all casting decisions were already made before Bird came to the project) It's telling then that Bird felt it important to develop the character in the film's latter stages specifically because she was a woman, and ensured that one of the final shots was of her walking away from the madness - the only one to leave the fort with her dignity intact.
I find that quite an important point given the discussion around how Bird's films were mostly male focused and male dominated.
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