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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…
Review pending (Flickfeast)
Hilarious and greatly under appreciated.
I seem to be in the minority who started Googling what production troubles and reshoots occurred here as soon as the movie finished. Parts of the film feel almost lifted from Matt Stone and Trey Parker's Troma effort Canniba!: The Musical (1993). Other parts demand to be taken as deadly serious as Innaritu's The Revenant (2015). The tone is mercurial to put it mildly. Juxtaposing a Nietchze quote with "Eat Me" might be darkly comedic to some, but for me it was the first red flag signaling an identity chrisis. It's certainly watchable, but the fact this is lauded as a forgotten hit and not a case study for rebranding in editing is beyond me. I'll feast on a corpse of my own if this is what any of the multiple directors involved foresaw as a final product.
Part 4 of the Halloween Challenge lite 2.0-2016
Why does David Arquette keep popping up in my Halloween Challenge playing doofus characters. Aaarghh!!
+ Robert Carlyle kicks some serious ass
+ It's a black comedy-western-horror-morality tale-movie. My favorite genre!
+ Cool isolated setting
+ Strange soundtrack by Damon Albarn
- Loses some steam in the second part of the movie. Good finale though.
long pig sandwich
I looked this one up on Wikipedia afterwards to find out where it was filmed (because it's Fucking Spectacular) and was surprised to read that it was something of a troubled production; the original director was fired early in the shoot, Antonia Bird only being brought on board last minute on Robert Carlyle's suggestion. All involved seem to agree that conditions were miserable and nothing had been set up sensibly - it all sounds like the recipe for a big old mess. Absolutely none of this conflict and poor planning comes across in the end result, though - this is a gorgeous, stylish and unique horror-comedy-thriller-western that feels like the result of solid planning and a…
Forgot how great this film is. Just love everything about it. And I'm one of the few who actually loves the soundtrack and its quirkiness. :)
VHS note card backgrounder.
It's always interestimg to see a film where the director tries something different even if it doesn't really work.
A horror film shot in the style of Clueless clearly was going to have issues. The film is not helped by Damon Albarn's appalling score that could not fit the mood any worse. One even sounds like it's from Final Fantasy 7. Underneath it all there is a kinda cool story about wendigos and a plot that's basically just Predator but jarring performances, abysmal music and made-for-tv directing equal a big mess.
Scrap that, let me be clearer: it's a maggot infested turd of a film.
90 of my favorite movies from the 90s. In some sort of order.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…