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…
A bunch of soldiers start eating people during the Mexican-American war. But they get selfish, and instead of using their special skills to help win the war, they just eat soldiers on their own side. You heard it here first: cannibalism is unpatriotic.
It also features the calmest, kindest Jeffrey Jones I've ever seen (until he starts eating people).
It's a bit boring and it's an almost entirely male cast and most of the characters are one-dimensional so it's not really my cup of tea. However, it involves a lot of blood and a couple of clever one-liners and it was directed by a woman so...I'm not gonna say I didn't at least partially enjoy it.
Still a treat to watch, and still one of the strangest horror movies to ever come out. Everything in this movie works so well, especially the score and the cinematography. Both of them give the movie this nightmarish yet realistic feeling that's totally bizarre...just like the plot (which is a metaphor for Manifest Destiny?). The humor is actually amusing and doesn't take away from the thrills. And the cave scene...Jesus Christ that'll never stop being effective.
Oh yeah, and this thing is so damn gory they ran out of fake blood during production. Niiiiiice.
This is one of those movies that I knew very little about going. Pretty much all I knew was the title and who was in it. That is a really great way to see movies sometimes. I had no idea what I was getting myself into but damn it was good.
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.
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
1940-2014; not quite to 600 yet.