Ravenous (1999 film)

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Still from Ravenous (1999 film)...


"You are who you eat." 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.


  • Release Date: 1999
  • Country/Language: Czech/UK/US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy, Thriller, Western (weird west)
  • Setting: Weird West
  • Runtime: 1 hr 41 min
  • Starring: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette
  • Director: Antonia Bird
  • Writer: Ted Griffin
  • Producer/Production Co: ETIC Films, Engulf & Devour Productions Inc., Fox 2000 Pictures
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDb page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not particularly "Lovecraftian", though the cannibal theme can be stretched a bit to fit Lovecraft's Ghouls or, for example, "The Picture in the House (fiction)". This otherwise suggests some ideas for a "Weird West" scenario.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Jeffrey M. Anderson at Combustible Celluloid (3.5/4 Stars) (link) - "Ravenous is a terrifically well-made gory horror movie with splashes of humor."
  • Graeme Clark at The Spinning Image (8/10 Stars) (link) - "The action is set against striking landscapes, but despite its historical trappings, Ravenous is basically a slasher movie with pretentions... However it has a nasty humour and its strong central idea convinces: that if you give up your sense of decency, you can have an authority over others - but at what cost?"
  • Roger Ebert at RogerEbertdotcom (3 Stars) (link) - "The film's setup is more fun than its pay-off because in a story of this nature, we would rather dread what is going to happen than see it."
  • J. P. Roscoe at Basement Rejects (8/10) (link) - "Ravenous could be scarier and it could be gorier, but it holds back. If it had gone all out, it probably wouldn’t be as classy, but it does still feel just under done in story."


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

Upon receiving reports of missing persons at Fort Spencer, a remote Army outpost on the Western frontier, Capt. John Boyd investigates. After arriving at his new post, Boyd and his regiment aid a wounded frontiersman, F.W. Colghoun, who recounts a horrifying tale of a wagon train murdered by its supposed guide -- a vicious U.S. Army colonel gone rogue. Fearing the worst, the regiment heads out into the wilderness to verify Colghoun's gruesome claims.


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