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RAVENOUS (1999) FOUR TOP HATS

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You know, I watched this the other week and then promptly sent my DVD back to Netflix thinking there would be an abundance of screen shots on the web that I could lift and pepper into my write up, since that’s what I do these days, but when I started thinking about what to say, prompted by pictures, there weren’t many “high quality” ones to be found.  Oh well. Here’s some boobs:

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I am not sure what the general consensus is about this movie – but I really like it. I am not always a fan of movies about eating other people but this pulls it off and, while I really don’t ever pay attention, the score was fucking fantastic and really added value to this. if you haven’t seen this, this may contain spoilers, but they won’t be massive since this isn’t a mystery with a big twist. So – spoiler: it’s about eating people.

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Set after the Mexican American War (probably around 1850 or so) and before the onset of America’s “Manifest Destiny” thing, a wicked-ass Guy Pearce is sent to a remote “fort” as punishment for being a fucking coward and playing dead while his troops were slaughtered. There, he meets a young and skinny Neal McDonough, an exasperated and portly Jeffrey Jones, a drunken and stoned David Arquette and a few other people. One night Robert Carlisle shows up showing his butt and telling tales about how he and a travelling party got holed up in a cave during a huge snowstorm and started eating each other to stay alive. Oh, this also has a guy named Jeremy Davies in it that I always thought was the kid from E.T. but boy was I fucking wrong. The egg is really on my face.

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Anyway, he alludes that there might just be some survivors left so the entire company heads out to do some rescuing and lo and behold: it’s a god damn trap!!! A very thrilling hunt through the woods and off a cliff are in order next and eventually things somehow take a turn for the worse as we lead up to the big finale. I think the acting, the pace, the music and the sets all make this a very fun experience and it really works for me.  GOOD FUN!!

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81 comments

      • I liked it, but it didn’t have ghosts or soggy Japanese chicks crawling on the ceilings or anything. And no robots. NO ROBOTS!! Speaking of which, I’ll be looking forward to your review of Pacific Rim!

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      • theipc

        Good points!!

        I hope I get to see that in the theater. My movie going is difficult to manage since I basically have to take a day off work to get out there. I am totally going to see GRAVITY and ELYSIUM so P-Rim might get bounced… but it looks excellent!

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  1. I saw this a long time ago, and it creeped the shit out of me. I don’t know why, something about PEOPLE EATING PEOPLE maybe? lol. But I do love Robert Carlisle, I think he’s a great actor.

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  2. cocomias

    I just wanted to say that I think it’s absolutely hilarious that you pepper your blog with pictures of boobs… It reminds me of something my husband said about a week ago. I was talking to him about how I got a new one day best on blog views and looks at me and says “you should just post a pic of your tits on your blog, then you’ll get all the views you want”. LMAO I was like, REALLY?!?
    Anyway, I’ll have to check the movie out. It looks pretty damn entertaining.

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  3. In my happiness at discovering that there is a movie which features both Robert Carlyle and Guy Pearce (at the same time!!), I wonder why someone doesn’t start a site that allows you to look up two actors and see what movies they have done together. Or is there such a function on IMDb and I’m just missing it?

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  4. It’s been a while since I seen this but I had to watch it as my mucker Bobby Carlyle was in it. Me and him go way back. Good Glasgow boys. 😉 I have to say, I quite liked it as well.

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  5. Guy Pearce is a first class actor. So, I’m definitely going to watch this, even though I don’t really like to watch eating people movies…. not that I don’t like it…. I close my eyes or cover my face with throw pillow., ( maybe 1/2 of the movie, so watching it kind of makes it pointless )

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    • theipc

      LOL and yes he is – there’s actually only one scene where they are eating people – but it’s pretty tame – the people are all cooked up in a nice stew : )

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  6. great review, as always. i’m a mahoosive robert carlysle fan. i write screenplays, and it’s surprising how often he’s the guy i have in mind when i write my lead, though i haven’t seen him in anything for years, and it’s always a 40yr old carlysle i’m writing for. he was best in “cracker”, a tv series starring robbie coltrane as a criminal psychologist. carlysle played a messed up murderer that was so memorable it’s ridiculous. saw it many years ago, and every scene is still crystal clear. the guy’s fantastic.

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      • theipc

        OH MAN – that makes me feel great!! You’ve mad my day!! I have something that I hope is epic for you tomorrow : )

        You write screenplays? For a living? I tried working on one a couple of years ago and found it to be completely frustrating… : (

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      • I WISH for a living. No, i generally write when i’m knackered from work or drunk, or after my kid’s gone to sleep. all prime time moments to make sure my scripts are tip-top 😦 anyway, no i do boring computer stuff all day, but try to break out by writing spec scripts in my spare time. i’m still on the learning curve though. one day! 😉 it is frustrating as hell, i’ll give you that, but it always offers that tantalising feeling of “well i messed that one up, but i’ve learned stuff, and i just know that NEXT one is going to be unstoppable!!

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      • happy to send you my thriller/horror script! 🙂 i’m aware much needs doing, and i’ve got some comments from people, but i’ve not had comments from a proper horror officionado! would love some feedback if you promised not to spare my feelings. 🙂

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      • theipc

        That would be great!! Maybe I could send you mine (unfinished) and you can inspire me with critique on whether or not to bother finishing it?

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  7. “OH MAN – that makes me feel great!! You’ve mad my day!! I have something that I hope is epic for you tomorrow : )”
    looking forward to it. and you shouldn’t act surprised. i got news for you, mate. your articles are great – you have a very entertaining writing style and you pick movies i mostly haven’t even heard of. it’s a great combination. i don’t go to many sites every day, but yours is one of them (and the only film one!)

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  8. Psshhh, I’m always a fan of movies about eating people. This isn’t on Netflix, so I’ll search it out and see it eventually. Jeremy Davies is the guy from Solaris and Lost, isn’t he?

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  9. I have watched this film a few times over the years and its very underrated, in my opinion. It never fails to make me feel sick after watching. Terrific performances all around. Nice write-up!

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