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Ravenous
Ravenous
Actors: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones
Director: Antonia Bird
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
R     1999     1hr 41min

When was the last time you saw a new movie set during the 1840s? The era is the first oddball thing about Ravenous, though by no means the last. This provocatively weird movie is essentially a vampire film crossed with th...  more »

     

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Actors: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones
Director: Antonia Bird
Creators: Anthony B. Richmond, Neil Farrell, Adam Fields, David Heyman, Tim Van Rellim, Ted Griffin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/21/1999
Original Release Date: 03/19/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 03/19/1999
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 41min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Samantha T. (sadiebug) from W PORTSMOUTH, OH
Reviewed on 5/27/2010...
I absolutely love this movie. It is one of my favorites. It is strange story and has its fair share of suspense. I also liked the time period(civil war era). I really recommend it.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sarah F. (Ferdy63) from DALTON, GA
Reviewed on 4/4/2009...
A very dark, strange tale about an isolated fort in the California wilderness at the end of the Civil War. A handful of rather eccentric soldiers rescue a man wandering in the snow. He tells a tale of a his party being trapped in the mountains by winter storms and a tyrannical leader who ends up cannibalizing several other members of the group. The soldiers embark on a rescue mission but things are not as they believe them to be. The cast is really outstanding and the plot is original.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

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Torso Licking Good
Robert Buchanan | Wisconsin | 12/19/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After a cowardly, earnest American soldier (Guy Pearce) in the Mexican-American War captures the command of a Mexican base in an inexplicable fit of bloodlust, he's commended for his accomplishment...before being shipped to a remote outpost in frigid northern California for his misconduct. He hasn't been stationed for long before a manic, mysterious pioneer (Robert Carlyle) arrives to tell a chilling tale of survival though cannibalism, the spiritual ramifications of which are far more terrible than his story...

Without a doubt, this feature's greatest asset is its terrific cast. Pearce is in fine form as usual, entirely credible as the weak-willed, unlikely war hero. Cast yet again as a bookish, buffoonish authority figure, Jeffrey Jones is typically amusing as the outpost's commanding officer, though his role does allow him to explore a greater range of emotion than usual, and he's up to the task. However, Robert Carlyle's performance is the lynchpin around which the whole movie revolves, alternately traumatized, clownish, charismatic, wicked...as the only character with any significant depth, he's very nearly brilliant and impossible to ignore. Also well cast as the outpost's token degenerate moron, David Arquette does what he does best and isn't ever permitted to become too annoying. Director Antonia Bird doesn't squander the talent at her command, and affords her actors plenty of lingering shots in which to perform.

Though its concept is cleverly framed in the context of Manifest Destiny, "Ravenous" doesn't pretend to be anything more than it is. Much of the humor at the film's start is heavy-handed, in sharp contrast to the clever black comedy that gradually develops and lightens the tone of the weirdest and bloodiest happenings of an ingenious story. Karo isn't spared here and the whole production is awash with gallons of it, but this never seems excessive - after all, when people eat people, things get messy.

There are some glaring flaws: the quoted text of the film's opening is idiotic, many scenes are overscored and the ending is a trifle disappointing. Nonetheless, for those who like their horror amusing, well performed and soaked in blood, there are worse ways to liven up a winter evening. Oh, and by all means, eat beforehand; if you don't, you'll find your stomach growling midway through."