Ravenous (1999) Antonia Bird

Ravenous (1999)
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Country: UK | USA| Czech Republic | Director: Antonia Bird
Language: English | Subtitles: English (idx/sub files)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 101mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv - 1280x544 - 23.976fps - 4.37gb
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0129332/

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. 

Antonia Bird's "Ravenous" is one of the finest low-budget horror movies of recent years. It's a brilliant mix of cannibalism, gruesome gore, sly black humour and quasi-philosophy. The script by Ted Griffin is absolutely stupendous. It's an irresistible blend of Native American legend (you absorb the strength or spirit of who you eat), the Donner tragedy, and the story of Sawney Bean. 

Bean with his wife and his numerous offspring, dwelt in a cave in Galloway, Scotland, during the sixteenth century. The family cave was close to the sea and they lived by highway robbery: ambushing, killing and then eating passers-by. Any parts of the body which they were not able to eat once were pickled in brine or hung in their cave. Over a period of twenty-five years it was proved that Bean and his family were estimated to have killed and eaten more than a thousand people.

The acting is wonderful-Guy Pearce shines in a difficult role as a Lieutant John Boyd."Ravenous" was shot in the Czech Republic and Slovakia,and the landscape and climate is put to fantastic use. The score by Damon Albarn (of British band Blur) and Michael Nyman is very spooky and atmospheric. The film is loaded with brutal violence and gore, so if you're squeamish give it a miss. However if you're a horror fan with a taste for something dark and sinister, then you're in for a rare treat. Highly recommended.
 Ravenous (1999)

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