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Ravenous (1999)

R | | Horror | 19 March 1999 (USA)
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In a remote military outpost in the 19th Century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.

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... Capt. John Boyd
... Col. Ives / F.W. Colqhoun
... Pvt. Cleaves
... Pvt. Toffler
... Col. Hart
... Gen. Slauson
... Knox
... Pvt. Reich
... George (as Joseph Running Fox)
... Lindus
Sheila Tousey ... Martha
... Mexican Commander
Gabriel Berthier ... Mexican Commander
Pedro Altamirano ... Mexican Commander
Joseph Boyle ... U.S. Blonde Soldier
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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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Get a taste for terror. See more »

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

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19 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Vorace  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,040,727, 21 March 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$2,060,953, 2 May 1999
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The unusual sound in the music track when Martha is shown looking out awaiting the men's arrival is a traditional women's chant for such occasions, performed by Milton 'Quiltman' Sahme's wife. See more »

Goofs

In 1848, Ives says "I reached Denver that spring ..." (of 1847), but Denver wasn't founded until 1858. See more »

Quotes

Ives: Morality - the last bastion of a coward.
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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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Featured in The Ravenous Tales of Colonel Hart (2014) See more »

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A highly entertaining and original blend of horror and black comedy.
26 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

'Ravenous' is a highly entertaining and original blend of horror and black comedy. Apparently it had troubled beginnings with the original director being fired and Antonia Bird coming in as a last minute replacement at the behest of co-star Robert Carlyle ('Trainspotting') who had previously worked with her on 'Priest', a more different movie than this you couldn't imagine! Anyway, Bird triumphed and ended up with an excellent movie. David Arquette and Jeremy Davies are two actors I have little time for but they didn't have much on screen time and didn't detract from the great performances by Carlyle and 'Memento's Guy Pearce, who really sold the movie to me. I also really liked the role played by Tim Burton regular Jeffrey Jones. I enjoyed the work of all three actors, the unpredictable script, the inventive direction, and the unusual score by Peter Greenaway regular Michael Nyman and Blur's Damon Albarn, which reminded me at times of cult favourites Penguin Cafe Orchestra. 'Ravenous' isn't the greatest movie I've ever seen but I have enjoyed it all three times I've watched it and that's a lot more than I can say about most movies around these days. It's wicked fun with very clever touches of black comedy, and I highly recommend it.


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