Written by: Moviemaven
You know how sometimes you just get the urge to bite a great chunk right out of your buddy? No? Well if you did, Ravenous might explain why. This is a gory little number that goes straight for the jugular. It's not 'Dead Alive' gory but more 'Alive' gory. This film is a devilish feast with a story that is sure to keep you hungry for more.
Jeffrey Jones (Ferris Bueller, Sleepy Hollow) is the head of a military outpost smack in the middle of the cruel Sierra Nevada Winter. They are running on few men and pretty much act as rescuers during the off months. Guy Pearce is sent to work here after winning a medal basically for cowardess. Technically he is a hero so they can't toss him. Instead they throw him to the wolves (or the cannibals as it were). The fort is inhabited by two Native Americans and five military men. There is a drunk doctor, a timid evangelist, a mad warrior and of course, a head honcho and a slightly crazy cook played wonderfully by David Arquette.
Guy is just settling in for a long Winter's nap when Fate comes a knockin' in the form of an almost frozen Robert Carlyle. Once roused, he relates the amazing tale of how he and his group got hopelessly lost and began to turn on each other for food. The team goes out to search for survivors and the fun really begins. The intricately woven story relies on an old Native American myth. The Wendigo. Basically, when you eat another man's flesh you take on his strength.
Ravenous quickly becomes a tale of horror, action drama as we watch each of the characters fall victim one way or another to either their aggressors or themselves. Would you fall victim to the lure of eternal life and power or would you try your best to escape with everything intact. Watch Ravenous and then tell me. This little film deserved a lot more praise than it received. Mmmm, tasty.