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Imagine a film that makes A Modest Proposal-style satire out of Dracula's gothic horror tropes in the spaghetti western milieu of The Great Silence. It's a pitch-black comedy about Manifest Destiny and cannibal frontiersmen.
... the definitive frontier cannibal movie. ... a gruesome survival thriller with a crimson-hued streak of black humor and an elemental hint of the supernatural.
It's a layered and very unique satire on America's consumption of the world...
'He was licking me!' That plaintive, disgusted wail is pretty unforgettable once you've seen this one-of-a-kind tongue-in-cheek/blood-in-mouth historical horror movie that has garnered an appreciative cult audience...
Ravenous is unlike anything else, and even if it's not to my own specific taste, I have great respect for its unrepentant weirdness.
There's an awkwardness to Ravenous' more violent scenes, and while Carlyle and Jones give zesty performances, the rest of the supporting cast is quirky to a fault.
"Ravenous" could have turned out to be much more than what it ended up becoming, but thanks to an inability to take advantage of its creepy premise, all we get is a monotonous, forgettable, and worst of all, boring horror film.
More than just a gory horror film in period dress, though it bears saying over and over again that even as a simple Western-horror hybrid, this is pretty great.
Director Antonia Bird and screenwriter Ted Griffin stir up an extremely unsavory concoction about cannibalism here.
The plot begins brazenly, but the story becomes more conventional (though no less bloody) as it goes along.
A terrifically well-made gory horror movie with splashes of humor.
...one of those rare, genuinely subversive (of Hollywood values) films, like Beyond the Valley of the Dolls or Eating Raoul
Unjustly maligned upon its release, 'Ravenous' is a unique, atmospheric and stingingly funny horror-comedy with a splendid ensemble cast. Cannibalism is a subject that can cause nausea in most people but it is handled with a deft comedic touch in Ted Griffin's shrewd screenplay. Despite the production troubles, Bird is firmly adept at scenes of high-voltage action (such as the final duel between Boyd and Ives), quirky humor (Toffler's zealot shtick is always amusing) and grandiose horror (the descent into the catacombs is genuinely nerve-racking). The quixotic tone is set immediately with a food-related quote from Ben Franklin followed by the anonymous citation "eat me". Carlyle was such a preening disappointment as a Bond villain in 'The World is Not Enough'. However, he is unfathomably urbane and demonic as Ives who feigns insanity in order to lull his hosts into a false sense of security before he voraciously devours them. The wintry landscape of the outpost seamlessly heightens the isolationist dread. With a bevy of wry one-liners ("Breakfast. Lunch. Reinforcements.") and unsettling themes about the "wendigo" power of replenishing one's lifeforce, 'Ravenous' is a unsullied jewel in Griffin's work.
"If you die first, I am definitely going to eat you, but the question is, if I die, what are you going to do? Bon appétit... Eat or die."
Captain John Boyd's promotion stations him at a fort where a rescued man tells a disturbing tale of cannibalism.
A completely psychotic take on the windigo story. The cannibal aspect was really interesting and made the story all the more creepy. Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle were great, especially their scenes together. The music was really different, but went well with the tone of the film.
Bizarre in it's tone and execution, Ravenous is either an original gem or an interesting mess. I really think my love of B-Movies helped me appreciate some of the stranger aspects of this film. Most obvious is the music, it's not exactly horror or thriller material, but with an odd subject such as cannibalism it kind of suits the tone. Pearce and Carlyle are fantastic, grasping hold of their broken distorted characters and engaging in a wide range of tactics to both pull you in and then push you away. The twists aren't impossible to see coming, but they are well placed and enjoyable to watch unfold. It's a film I'd only recommend to people that enjoy "different" cinema.
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