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Ravenous (1999)

Guy Pearce , Robert Carlyle , Antonia Bird  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (405 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 (405 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X75J2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,643 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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116 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of the 1990s April 6, 2003
Format:DVD
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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42 of 43 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 rented...it should be purchased.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Horror Movie Never Seen October 9, 2006
Format:DVD
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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, unique, gothic horror film July 26, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Ravenous is a stunningly effective and original movie that received an undeserved backlash from the movie industry, movie-goers and movie reviewers alike when it hit the screens on March 19, 1999. Why? Because, I think, this film is truly meant for only a small number of fans that have an appreciation for the bizarre, the macabre, and off-beat actors who turned what was intended to be a Hollywood/horror flick into something far more sinister, far more engrossing, and totally subsversive. For those of us with an appreciation for this type of accomplishment--like me!---Ravenous is by far the best picture I have seen since 1997's LA ConfidentIal. It's a story based in the 1840's during the Mexican American War about an American Army Captain who gets sent into the Sierra Nevadas to a place called Fort Spencer. From there, the story twists and turns into a grisly tale of cannibalism and horrific adventure. LA Confidential's Guy Pearce is quietly handsome and vulnerable as Captain John Boyd, and his powerful reticence is electrifying, especially in contrast to Robert Carlyle's rogueish bad-guy cannibal. The scenery is stupendous, the acting top-notch, the story along the lines of Interview with a Vampire-meets the Old West Alfred Packer/Donner Party. Totally unique, totally cool! But it had alot of blood in it, so for those squeamish people out there--be warned. But horro/gothic fans will love this!
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1.0 out of 5 stars not good, long cat and sick mouse
not adventure, not western, not horror, not good, long cat and sick mouse, no redeeming education, entertainment, or moral value.
Published 23 hours ago by Jack
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
A lot of plot holes.
Published 2 days ago by raudatrout
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my piece of cake...
You think this one is going somewhere, but it ends where it starts. A very stupid plot, which could have been written in a much more comprehensive fashion. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Thomas P. Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic seller and the goods Excellent
Published 4 days ago by Ahmad Alrashidi
4.0 out of 5 stars Cannibalism.. ...
This was not a bad film,
a lot better than expected.
A cheesy story about cannibalism,
but the film actually made up for it.
Published 4 days ago by FriscoFan23
1.0 out of 5 stars it was stupid in my opinion
didn't finish watching.....it was stupid in my opinion!
Published 8 days ago by drolsy53
2.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time
A horror story, but not a good one.
Published 8 days ago by Geo.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as Christmas gift.
Published 13 days ago by Liana
5.0 out of 5 stars funny great work by robert carlyle
Dark,,funny great work by robert carlyle, not for children
Published 13 days ago by Sharon Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsettlingly Brilliant
Very well done. The traditional soundtrack with the 'cheesy' organ added a nice quirky touch. Carlyle was phenomenal, Guy Pearce excellent and best surprise was Jeffrey Jones. Read more
Published 14 days ago by KCW9288
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