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Ravenous (1999)

Guy Pearce , Robert Carlyle , Antonia Bird  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones
  • Directors: Antonia Bird
  • Writers: Ted Griffin
  • Producers: Adam Fields, David Heyman, Tim Van Rellim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X75J2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ravenous" on IMDb

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It's a recipe for nonstop action and excitement when the inhabitants of an isolated military outpost go up against a marauding band of cannibals in a deadly struggle for survival.

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127 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of the 1990s April 6, 2003
This is going to sound strange, but "Ravenous" is a very intelligent movie about cannibals, vampirism (of an unusual sort) and the history of the west. At it's heart is a metaphor about power, exploitation, and ravenous greed. It is much more than simply a thriller, horror, slasher picture.
It is set during the time of westward expansion in the youthful United States, which is significant for discovering what the movie is all about. This movie wouldn't make sense in 20th century Manhattan, or in 1930s Chicago. It is set during a time when european settlers still had a long way to go towards 'conquering' most of North America.
Without giving too much away of the bizarre and twisted plot, the movie explores not only cannibalism, but cannibalism as a means of regaining life, energy, or power. You eat another, you take the life energy of that person. This notion of cannabalism (which is more along the lines of mythology than of a slasher movie) allows the movie to be completely unpredictable, disturbing and poignant all at once. At the end of the movie, one realizes that it would've been almost impossible to have guessed what was going to happen at each plot turn. If you enjoy bizarre, almost surreal surprises, this movie is packed with them.
The crucial moment in the film is towards the end when Robert Carlyle's character is rhapsodizing about "manifest destiny." Here it is revealed that what's behind the ravenous hunger depicted in the film is a statement about how the west was won, and perhaps still being won. There's a lot in this film to chew on (it's impossible to avoid stupid puns when writing about movies in which people are eaten, sorry), and "Ravenous" does not belong in the same category as B-slashers or gore or shock flicks.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Delicious!!! September 4, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Underrated, this is a hardcore, dark, macabre masterpiece. Guy Pearce (Captain John Boyd) is a soldier, who, though decorated, is actually a coward. After faking death in a battle against Mexicans, he is tossed among the dead in the enemy's encampment. He crawls out from a beneath a pile of oozing bodies and successfully takes the base from the enemy. His commander knows he isn't a real soldier and so, as he is disgusted by the sight of him but for politics sake can't reprimand him, the captain is sent to an isolated military outpost called Fort Spencer. Living there is a skeleton crew assisted by several indians and everything goes fine until a near dead man(Robert Carlyle) staggers into camp during the middle of a very cold winter. After being warmed up and fed, he tells a grisly tale of desperate cannibalism as he and the party he was traveling with got punished by the elements and were forced into a cave. A select small band soldiers and one indian set out to assist the remaining people in the cave, who by chance might just still be alive and so the movie truly begins. Nothing is quite what it seems as the twists and turns reveal the terrifying realities of the plot which eventually climax in a very satisfying and unexpected ending. The acting is excellent all around but especially with Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle. The weak nature and mental struggles of Guy Pearce are incredibly believable and completely balance the innocent appearance yet sinister nature of Robert Carlyle. The cinematography creates a creepy, desolate atmosphere as the ingenious soundtrack(as good or better than that of Suspiria) by Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman truly fits ever scene and action, allowing for a true horror experience to be felt. With moments of twisted humor tastefully spread throughout, this is the total horror package and definitely not a movie to be should be purchased.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Horror Movie Never Seen October 9, 2006
Bloody, funny, smart, artistic, and wonderfully acted. Robert Carlyle heads a flawless cast in a film that is so surprisingly good it puts most horror movies to shame. This is something so unique it has to be seen to be believed. There is depth here among the gallons of blood; Every character is constructed nicely, and each has their moment; The locations and snow add a nice visual layer, and the cinematography captures the drab, depressing, grim overtones nicely. Hard to beat that whole cave scene, not to mention two(yes, two...) genuine, shocking surprises in this one. But this movie is about going all out with it's premise; It's crazy and outlandish, but it runs with it...all the way. But it's also refreshing. How many countless crappy serial killer/japanese ghost kids/70's horror remakes do we have to sit through before we get something like 'Ravenous'? Way too many. I'm surprised this movie even got made. But thank God it did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Thinking Person's Movie about Cannibalism May 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The story really gets started at a fort in the Sierra Nevada's when a near dead stranger arrives at the fort and tells a tale that sounds very similar to the real story of the Donner party. But then things get much weirder! Don't eat that stew! This movie draws in religious references to Christianity, American Manifest Destiny, and Native American folklore, to create an intellectually and mythologically stimulating brew for the culturally receptive mind.
The humor takes the edge off the horror, and the horror takes the edge off of the humor, in a brilliant balance that leaves this movie defying categorization. It remains far too serious to be called dark comedy, but it still has its fair share of humor. Some of the more intense moments in the movie gain an erie and otherworldly tone when juxtaposed against some of the maniacally joyful music that accompanies those moments. The acting proves brilliant! And the dynamics between Robert Carlyle and Guy Pierce, hit a compelling range, from curious interest, to hatred and disgust, and even reaching the depths of thinly veiled homoerotic situational innuendo. The rest of the acting was great, but this amazing duo truly left the most memorable impression.
I think the unfavorable reviews offered by some of the "professional critics" more reflects their inability to handle this topic at all, than any shortcomings of the movie itself. If you think you may be a little sensitive about the topic of cannibalism, you have been warned. I really don't think that any of the gruesomeness was gratuitous, and certainly the movie could have been a LOT more gory than it was. You simply can't pretend to discuss cannibalism without gruesomeness. To do otherwise would have been a Pollyanna whitewash job.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fair
I didn't find to much of a story line. I didn't understand the ending. The acting was fair. I don't know what the author was trying to say. Not too good for me.
Published 41 minutes ago by Robert G. Koontz
1.0 out of 5 stars I've seen my share of bad movies, but this is on of the worst ...
I've seen my share of bad movies, but this is on of the worst movies I've ever watched. I did not see a plot developing here, just people becoming animals that eat their own kind... Read more
Published 1 day ago by olivia acosta
2.0 out of 5 stars ... that did not warrant the acting chops of someone like Guy Pearce
Totally over the top storyline that did not warrant the acting chops of someone like Guy Pearce. Two stars is overly generous.
Published 2 days ago by ghingy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie I really enjoy
Published 2 days ago by esperanza saenz
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy fun
Dark, movie 'creeps' along, but keeps you on edge.
Published 2 days ago by qualityatagoodprice
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a very difficult movie to pidgeon-hole it could ...
This is a very difficult movie to pidgeon-hole it could be call a horror movie, a western or a thriller. It is definitely different. But is is well worth a look.
Published 5 days ago by S. Karl
5.0 out of 5 stars watch this movie while not eating
very interesting and the end was not what I expected good movie just one thing don't try to eat while watching movie
Published 6 days ago by Larry Addis
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was intersting
Published 11 days ago by Lisa Smith-Gilpin
3.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Published 12 days ago by DT
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great flick
Published 13 days ago by ADAM CASE
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