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…
Hey, the cannibalism was literal AND metaphorical. I get it. Fun, original little flick but the tone veers too shakily between gallows humor and gothic horror for my taste. Part of that could be due to on-set issues, part of it could be due to how dated the film feels. There's some "whoa, neat" stylistic flourishes - e.g. whip pans and flashy title cards - that wouldn't feel out of place in some shit like Doug Liman's GO, and the whole film has a decidedly unappetizing late-90s sheen, despite the use of some sumptuous locations.
That said, RAVENOUS does have its merits to chew on, chief among them a feast of great character actors, including two (Jeremy Davies & Neal McDonough)…
Vi esta película cuando salió en VHS hace 15 años. Fue una sorpresa muy agradable entonces y vuelve a serlo ahora.
Haciendo referencia a la tragedia de la vida real de la expedición Donner, cuenta una historia de canibalismo en un remoto territorio de un Estados Unidos en expansión.
Hay que destacar el extraño tono de la película que considero inclasificable (se puede considerar un thriller/comedia negra/película de terror), la excelente dirección de Antonia Bird que logra un muy buen resultado a pesar de no dedicarse a este género. El soundtrack de la mano de Damon Albarn es extraño pero aporta bastante a la película.
Funciona perfectamente como metáfora y como película en varios géneros. En su momento no recibió muy buenas críticas pero creo que vale la pena redescubrirla. Conociendo la difícil historia de su producción y el hecho de que Antonia Bird haya sido la tercera opción como directora, es sorprendente que todo haya salido tan bien.
Claro ejemplo en donde el ost de una pelicula le eleva el nivel a esta misma.
Gran cast, guy pearce es uno de mis antihéroes favoritos.
Love this movie. Few movies I've watched this long ago (haven't watched it since it came out on VHS after watching it on cinema) has left this much impression on me.
What a weird movie! This has got to be one of the most tonally odd films I've ever seen, and the music has a lot to do with that. Cannibalism, death, dismemberment ... all hilarious.
Blood pours down the screen, people do despicable things, yet one can't help but think, "why is this so damn funny?"
The secret's in the score.
you know what we all need in life / a black comedy about cannibalism.
if that sound like your thing Ravenous is the movie for you if you like old school tim burton give it a watch. 4/5 for its so bad its good
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.
Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…