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Ravenous (1999)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  19 March 1999 (USA)
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Captain John Boyd's promotion stations him at a fort where a rescued man tells a disturbing tale of cannibalism.

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Captain John Boyd receives a promotion after defeating the enemy command in a battle of the Mexican-American War, but because the general realizes it was an act of cowardice that got him there, he is given a backhanded promotion to Fort Spencer, where he is third in command. The others at the fort are two Indians, George and his sister, Martha, who came with the place, Chaplain Toffler, Reich, the soldier; Cleaves, a drugged-up cook; and Knox, who is frequently drunk. When a Scottish stranger named Colquhoun appears and recovers from frostbite almost instantly after being bathed, he tells a story about his party leader, Ives, eating members of the party to survive. As part of their duty, they must go up to the cave where this occurred to see if any have survived. Only Martha, Knox, and Cleaves stay behind. George warns that since Colquhoun admits to eating human flesh, he must be a Windigo, a ravenous cannibalistic creature. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Rated R for considerable gore and strong violence | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,040,727 (USA) (19 March 1999)

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£146,298 (UK) (10 September 1999)
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Milton 'Quiltman' Sahme's chant was recorded by Damon Albarn in Quiltman's living room on the reservation. Albarn was referred to Quiltman by Joseph Runningfox. See more »

Goofs

While Captain Boyd was lying in the hole after falling from the cliff the phases of the moon were shown to illustrate the passing of time. It was clearly a waxing moon on the northern hemisphere (The "arc" was on the right side). But the moon was becoming thinner in time just like a waning moon. See more »

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Ives: Of course, we've no wish to recruit everyone. We've enough mouths to feed as it is!
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Crazy Credits

The film begins with a famous quote by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900): "He that fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster." Nietzsche's surname is misspelled as 'Nietzche'. Shortly after, a comedic quote appears below Nietzsche's: "Eat Me" - Anonymous. See more »

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Spoofs The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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One of the coolest movies I have seen in a long time.
8 December 2002 | by (Chicagooooooo) – See all my reviews

Guy Pearce leads Jeffrey Jones, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette and more in a action-filled, horror thriller. Set during the backdrop of the Civil War, it follows Capt. John Boyd (Pearce) who is sent to the icy Nevada wilderness as result of cowardice. The music is awesome, the costumes are wounderfully designed and the elements of horror make this film one to see many times! The art direction is great and the story is what horror fans have been waiting for. Just like how the cover says, a cross between a vampire film and a cannibalism film. Those two put together create one of the most elaborate horror films ever.

I promise you that RAVENOUS will enthrall you until the very final frame. Hell, even the credits are exciting. The violence is pretty extreme (which is good) and the gloomy atmosphere and the icy bitterness of the Nevada Mountains is very good at creating a genuinely chilling mood for this awesome horror thriller! RAVENOUS: 5/5.


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