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…
"Mortos de Fome" é um daqueles filmes que dividem opiniões, acho um trabalho bem interessante da Antonia Bird e o elenco está muito bem em cena, apenas o uso inadequado de algumas músicas em determinados momentos do filme acabam sendo desnecessárias e o fazem perder força.
Ravenous is a film I seemed to keep putting back for no other reason than I never really feel in the mood for a period piece. I'm not sue why, but I often feel them to be quite stuffy and sometimes boring. But Ravenous is certainly neither of those things.
The film is full of great characters who each have some very unique characteristics and quirks. They are all played perfectly too and the main character, Boyd is a highlight as he is something of a coward, which is a brave move for a main character. Despite of this, you still stick with him and root for him as the situation he finds himself in worsens. The film looks great…
It's a flawed film, but very interesting. The tone shifts unpredictably, which makes it arresting. The pacing, however, drags in a way that saps the movie of the appeal of its premise.
Fort Spencer in the Sierra Nevada mountains has a certain voodoo to offer a black comedy/horror film like this. The strange beauty of the landscape is a haunted house to the horrors of the film. Vast wilderness and isolating for sure. There is nothing quite like Ravenous - the location is amazing. The music is guttural and represents conflicting emotions at once. The main character Captain Boyd is tragic and sympathetic. The film uses his cowardice almost as satire on westward expansion and the gung ho United States military. He is honored at the start of the film with a medal - a war hero. Though his actions in earning it were at the result of cowardice. His story is…
I first saw Ravenous as a teenager and the experience truly terrified me. It's been over 10 years, but I remembered many of the shots and moments from the film. This is horror. It may not look like our traditional idea of the genre, but Ravenous is rather disturbing. it's about cannibalism...a gimmick it often returns to but shows very little of. Director Antonia Bird (a woman!) realizes the real fear surrounding the act of eating another man's flesh is thinking about doing it, more so than seeing it. Instead Bird focuses on many unpleasant shots of steak and other food on plates to simulate the idea of eating humans. This movie is gross. It works around the main gimmick…
As a fan of period pieces this movie is pretty great. Not very scary but great acting really sells this movie.
Može se reći najbolji vestern u poslednjih 15 godina. Ko nije gledao ovo podcenjeno remek-delo neka to učini odmah sada odmah!
This is the worst soundtrack ever. Did you have a piano in your house growing up/have you ever heard a child randomly hit strings in frustratingly simple yet vaguely melodic rhythm? That's what this is like, which is weird because Damon Albarn of Gorillaz is half of the pair that made it.
Guy Pierce does that thing he does where he just sort of seems worried, like in Memento. Robert Carlyle is good, and also probably the only thing I enjoyed about Ravenous, although I must say the concept is very strong.
Editing is usually one of those finer points of filmmaking that you don't really notice, which tragically, means that the editing is good. This edit suffers mightily from…
Cannibalism, black humor, blatant homoeroticism plus Robert Carlyle and Guy Pearce.
You bet I'm here for this.
- 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
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)