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'…
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…
Actually one of my all time favorite movies. Funny, terrifying, meaningful.
I've been meaning to see this for a long time, and a decade-and-a-half of anticipatory hype didn't do the movies any favors. It's hurt by an uneven cast, but Robert Carlyle is awesome.
Perfect film to warm your bones during this cold winter. Robert Carlyle was awesomely creepy!
Pro tip: the next time you're Netflix and chilling with some Tinder rando while waiting out a blizzard, throw this one on. It'll totally get you in the mood to spend some prolonged time with a person who is probably terrible.
Starts as a rather clever black comedy that turns into a little bit of a horror film. Very good performances all around. Some light supernatural elements in the film, which help make it fun and then horrifying. Definitely worth checking out.
A B-movie that somehow got a studio budget, though of course with that studio micromanaging. Wildly uneven and tonally a mess, though somewhat forgiving given the director changes and production troubles (the opening titles are pretty dire, whipping into frame accompanied by '90s as fuck radical sound effects).
But it's still a dynamite cast and frontier cannibalism leavened with dark humor, so there are plenty of moments throughout. Though it's a bit of a mess to start, Ted Griffin's script settles into a nice groove, twisting and turning in delightful ways and moving faster along than it initially appears. The score is all over the place, more of an Appalachian romp in early goings but the presumably Damon Albarn moody, thumping synth pieces (he's co-credited with Michael Nyman) perfectly fit the pitch black comedic thriller that the film only sometimes succeeds at becoming.
Good premise, nice reveal and a sense of humour.
Continuo amb els westerns singulars...i nevats. Barreja interessant i acertada de western i horror, amb mitologia del wendigo, grans escenaris naturals nevats i una gran banda sonora.
I continue with the singular and snowy westerns. A succesful and interesting mix of western and horror, with the wendigo myth, great snowy landscapes and an excellent bso.
Such an eclectic soundtrack, it really does go all over the place, sometimes brilliant and sometimes quite bizarre. The film feels oddly tongue in cheek but I'm not sure that's the intended effect and while Guy Pearce pretty much plays it straight everyone else seems to be hamming it up.
It's actually a really good story if you can take it all with a big dollop of silly and while the gore and violence is all a little tame it does all add up to a pretty decent watch - weird tonal shifts and all.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…