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Ravenous is a film-shaped UFO: It's so delightfully weird that its very existence defies logic. 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.
Set in the western Sierra Nevadas during the Mexican-American War, Ravenous pits the inhabitants of Fort Spencer, a bunch of Peckinpah-esque misfits reluctantly led by battle-traumatized Boyd (Guy Pearce), against devilishly charming Colqhoun (Robert Carlyle), the sole survivor of a Donner Party–like massacre. The film ends with a drawn-out, quasi-homoerotic murder-suicide precipitated by a man-size bear tr »
Written by Ted Griffin
Directed by Antonia Bird
Ravenous is a film that is deceitful above all things. Almost from the outset, and certainly from the trailers, it portrays itself as a horror comedy in the vein of perhaps Evil Dead II or Cabin Fever. However, as the film comes together, the viewer quickly begins to see it for the maddening Frankenstein’s monster it truly is.
Ravenous tells the story of two outcasted men. The first is a disgraced former soldier, Calhoun, struggling with his “heroic” past, while the second, Ives, is the sole survivor of a wilderness trek. Both mens journeys ended bad and bloody, and because of this, there is a kinship among them. They seem to know and understand one another.
Oh, and one other thing, they’re both cannibals.
And so, in the quiet California snow of the 1800s, we find these two »
- Mike Worby
Ravenous Order Ravenous Here Its 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! Ever watchful of the enemies who might literally tear them apart, the uneasy alliance of soldiers must fight brutal elements of the Sierra Nevada wilderness: as well as their own murderous instincts to stay alive. Directed by Antonia Bird… »
In honor of Ravenous finally being released on Blu-Ray from those magnificent madmen at Scream Factory, I thought I’d conjure up some words about one of the great, underrated chillers of the 90’s. It’s a film I’ve deemed a personal favorite amongst mixed fans of film. I’ll recommend it without batting an eye. It’s essential viewing for horror fans, period. One of the key elements to understanding why I love Ravenous, you have to understand the background of my film going history that brought me to it.
For a great period in the 90’s, I saw many films in theaters with my uncle, and when I say many, I’d say it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of a metric ton. »
- Nathan Smith
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Black Out Jos (Raymond Thiry) used to be a very bad man. But he’s reformed now, on the straight and narrow, and engaged to be married to a wonderful woman. All of that’s put at risk when he wakes up the day before his wedding in a somewhat compromising situation… namely with a dead body lying beside him and no memory of how it got there. Now he’s in a race to discover what’s happening, who’s behind it and how he can keep his bride-to-be from hearing about it all. This Dutch action/comedy has been a long time coming to our shores — we saw it back at Fantastic Fest 2012 — and it’s an absolute blast from beginning to end as it mixes a dark sense of humor with extreme »
- Rob Hunter
Summer is officially right around the corner, which means horror DVD and Blu-rays are starting to heat up as well. This week, we’ve got several cult classics hitting high definition for the first time, another special edition set of the first three seasons of The Walking Dead,and the recent RoboCop reboot directed by Jose Padilha and starring Joel Kinnaman.
As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a special Doctor Who David Tennant-themed collection being released, several indie creature features and we’re finally seeing the official arrival of the Video Nasties documentaries stateside on Tuesday. Check out all the horror and sci-fi fun you can add to your home collections this week below!
Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (Cult Epics, Blu-ray)
Prepare yourselves… The strangest bedtime story ever told! Cult Epics brings you Death Bed, George Barry’s uniquely weird journey through a world of wind demons, »
- Heather Wixson
The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid), and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. I missed Oliver Stone’s Alexander when it marched into theaters back in 2004, but the upcoming Blu-ray release of his preferred director’s cut gave me the opportunity to close that gap. The film didn’t do well back then commercially, and it’s pretty easy to see why. Put simply, the movie is a mess. The editing and narrative choices overpower Alexander’s (Colin Ferrell) character and actions and deflate any hope of an emotional reaction from viewers. Antonia Bird’s Ravenous has been a favorite of mine for years, and »
- Rob Hunter
The Bloodcast welcomes Geekscape.net’s Jonathan London to discuss all things horror fandom on the 74th episode! London joins hosts Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe to tell their origin stories when it comes to growing up horror nerds. The conventions! The autograph signings! The art projects! All this plus the passing of H.G. Giger, the new Batman suit, Ravenous, the magic of Guy Pearce and so much more.
The post The Bloodcast Episode 74 Explores Horror Fandom appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $24.97
Studio: Shout! Factory
It’s a cannabilistic fest in 1999 horror movie Ravenous.
Guy Pearce (Lockout) stars in the independent film as Capt. Boyd, a disgraced war veteran who’s quietly sent to a remote fort inhabited by soldiers half-mad with boredom. Then a frozen stranger (Robert Carlyle, California Solo) arrives and tells them about a group of settlers who are trapped in a cave and forced to eat one another. When Boyd and soldiers go to help, they fall into a deadly ambush.
Critics panned Ravenous, which grossed $2 million when it was in theaters. But moviegoers like it much better. The film scored 40% with critics and 79% with moviegoers, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
This Blu-ray release »
For the first time, Ravenous - a true cult classic to come out of the '90s - is makings its U.S. Blu-ray debut thanks to Scream Factory. The late Antonia Bird directed this period film which stars Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones, Neal McDonough and David Arquette. It's really great stuff that deserves to be seen. Today, our Scream Factory reps passed along the list of bonus features which will be included in this Blu-ray presentation.
The post Scream Factory Reveals Ravenous Blu-ray Specs appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Inspired by twisted tales of cannibalistic survival like the real-life Donner Party, cult terror feature Ravenous graphically depicts a twist on an old cliché: You are who you eat. Directed by the late Antonia Bird (Priest), this unnerving cult thriller stars Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3, Prometheus), Robert Carlyle (TV’s Once Upon A Time), Jeremy Davies (Lost, Saving Private Ryan), Jeffrey Jones (Deadwood, Sleepy Hollow), John Spencer (The West Wing), Stephen Spinella (Milk, Royal … Continue reading →
The Scream Factory just offered the world a glimpse of what's to come when Ravenous, the cult Guy Pearce-starring cannibal thriller set during the Mexican-American War, hits Blu-ray from them on June 3rd! Read on!
In the film, Captain John Boyd’s (Pearce) promotion stations him at a fort where a rescued man tells a disturbing tale of cannibalism.
New interview with Actor Jeffrey Jones Commentary With Director Antonia Bird And Composer Damon Albarn Commentary With Screenwriter Ted Griffin And Jeffrey Jones Commentary With Actor Robert Carlyle Deleted Scenes With Commentary By Antonia Bird Theatrical Trailer & TV Spot Two Still Galleries – Costume Design And Production Design
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- Steve Barton
Peer pressure is bad enough, but peer pressure to be a cannibal? Now that’s a nightmarish situation. Alas, it’s exactly what Captain John Boyd (Guy Pearce) faces when he’s sent to Fort Spencer circa mid-1800′s in 1999′s Ravenous. At Fort Spencer, you are who you eat, and if Boyd doesn’t partake in the fort’s rituals, he’ll be next on the menu.
We recently reported that Scream Factory had announced Ravenous as part of their Summer of Fear Blu-ray lineup, and now Scream Factory has revealed the bonus features they’ll be including in this tasty release.
With multiple commentaries, a new interview, and deleted scenes, this special Scream Factory release of Ravenous should sate the appetite of even the hungriest horror hound:
“**Final list of extras for our upcoming blu-ray edition of Ravenous revealed!**
- New interview with Actor Jeffrey Jones
– Commentary With »
- Derek Anderson
Ja from Mnpp here with a new round of "Beauty Vs. Beast" for us to play... this week's inspiration? It's the 54th birthday of one of my favorite actors, Scotsman slash raving lunatic Robert Carlyle. Alright yes he's (probably) just acting the "raving lunatic" part... over and over again... so well... by all accounts he's a very nice gentleman. Think how sweet he seemed romancing Linus Roache in Priest! That was the first place I ever saw him - it was two years later where he'd cement the scary status he'd carry on to roles in Ravenous and 28 Weeks Later (which I actually prefer to the original) with the one and only terror that was Begbie in Danny Boyle's 1996 phenom Trainspotting.
Did I say "one and only"? Make that twice and doubly - now that Ewan and Danny have finally made up following DiCaprio-Gate (Boyle cast Leo over Ewan in The Beach, »
Howdy fright fiends! All of us here at Icons of Fright are pretty hardcore when it comes to being soundtrack fanatics. Whether it be Rob or Justin blasting away with their Death Waltz vinyl, or little ol’ me (Jerry), sorting through my insane amount of iTunes soundtracks or Mondo vinyl collection, the fact is that we’re constantly in adoration of all things music, especially when the tunes are from our favorite fright films. Since this whole month of April is one big celebration of our ten year anniversary, and we wanted to make things really fun, we decided that instead of just writing an article about Our favorite soundtracks, we would reach out to our friends and colleagues and ask them to join up and contribute to this one. So, without further ado, we bring you Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!
Rob G. (Co-creator, Icons Of Fright, »
- Jerry Smith
In my endless quest to seek out the darkest and scariest music on the planet, I've frequently returned to a few experimental bands who are supremely skilled at bending and twisting the conventions of rock and metal into strange, new and often nightmarish shapes. One of my favorite groups in this category is Norwegian band Ulver, who evolved from an old-school black metal unit in the '90s into a highly experimental collective, focusing their energies on everything from '60s psychedelic rock (Childhood's End) to neoclassical and avant-garde compositions (Messe). The main connecting thread between their diverse material is a focus on arcane, ominous and often terrifying themes (an approach noted by director Scott Derrickson, who incorporated the band's tracks into his 2012 horror hit Sinister). Another heavy hitter with a huge cult following is the enigmatic Seattle, Wa-based “drone metal” team Sunn O))), whose onstage image of faceless figures »
- Gregory Burkart
Bon appétit! It is the chef, or the cook if you will, that makes all the magic happen with the food we eat. The right chef can take your ordinary meal and make it extraordinary… or is that Hamburger Helper? Anyway, here are the Top 9 Sinister Chefs in horror.
With the release of Serving Up Richard (review), we decided to dig down deep and remember some of our favorite chefs and cooks throughout the history of horror.
Whether they be chefs of the gourmet variety, or they just threw something (like a boiling bunny) on the stove, the following list of ne'er-do-wells all know their way around a kitchen. And that's one of the reasons why we love them.
As always, we'll give you a few honorable mentions to get things going. Glenn Close's previously referenced character, Alex Forrest, was perhaps not a true chef, but she sure knew »
- Scott Hallam
Scream Factory has already announced a couple of 90′s horror movies that they’ll be releasing to Blu-ray for the first time this year and they’ve added another to the list. Here’s their announcement and cover art for 1999′s cannibal movie, Ravenous:
“*Breaking!* We know you guys have been hungry for a new title announcement from us for awhile…so here’s one to satisfy your appetite…
No other details to report at this time. But check back here in next few months for more updates on this exciting project. The original theatrical poster key art will be used as artwork (as seen here).”
The post Ravenous is Coming to Blu-ray appeared first on Daily Dead. »
- Jonathan James
Guys. Guys! It’s finally happened! Scream Factory just announced on their Facebook page that Ravenous, the cult Guy Pearce-starring cannibal thriller set during the Mexican-American War and one of my favorite films of all time, is hitting Blu-ray in June!
According to the Facebook post, it will include a slew of all-new extra materials. Beyond that, the only information available right now is the art for the Blu-ray, which will use the original – and inferior – poster key art.
Sadly, director Antonia Bird passed away last October. For those who didn’t know, she was actually the second director on the film, replacing director Milcho Manchevski at the behest of star Robert Carlyle. The film received mixed reviews upon its release, but has since gone on to become a cult favorite among those who like their horror gritty and philosophical.
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- Brad McHargue
I have always felt that Antonia Bird’s 1999 film Ravenous was misunderstood upon its release. Luckily, it has garnered a little bit of a cult following. Now, 15 years later, fans of the film will be able to enjoy it on Blu-Ray. Better yet, the company behind its release is one of the best companies in genre oriented home entertainment.
Announced on their Facebook page, Scream Factory announced that they will be releasing Ravenous on Blu-Ray this June. While no specifics have been announced, they did mention that they are working on all new extras for the release. We will be sure to report back with any details as they roll out.
The post Hungry for ‘Ravenous’ to hit Blu-Ray? Well, Bon Appetit. appeared first on Destroy the Brain!. »
- Andy Triefenbach
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