Synopsis from Scream Factory:
It's a recipe for nonstop action and excitement when the inhabitants of an isolated military outpost go up against a marauding band of cannibals in a deadly struggle for survival! Ever watchful of the enemies who might literally tear them apart, the uneasy alliance of soldiers must fight brutal elements of the Sierra Nevada wilderness – as well as their own murderous instincts to stay alive. Directed by Antonia Bird (Priest), this white-knuckle thriller stars Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3, Prometheus), Robert Carlyle (Once Upon A Time) and David Arquette (Scream 4).
Ravenous is a movie of palate. It suggests that hunger knows no bounds, and that pushed to their limit, men will eat each other without moral culpability or apprehension. The concept of gaining the strength from eating of human flesh of a man you kill is nothing new, but it's corralled into a unique tale during American expansion into the West. The common tale of folks getting stuck up in a mountain snow bound seems to be at least moderately popular not withstanding tales of the Donner Party. What makes Ravenous successful is that it is a tale of one man's journey into the wilderness into isolation away from the world of man who is then confronted by the world that is the wilderness in the form of a man, gone wild, cannibal, power hungry. Unlike cannibal features in the Italian cycle, the focus isn't on cruelty to animals or native struggle against imperialism. Ravenous doesn't focus on gratuity though it is a visceral, gory experience balancing human gore with various food stuffs to emphasize disgust. This is highly effective and, in fact, moderately nauseating to even me.
What isn't immediately obvious about a movie called Ravenous that features human flesh on the menu with great splatter and spill, is that it is also quite funny, intentionally so. Director Antonio Bird decided to make a movie about very serious stuff that doesn't take itself so seriously as to think itself above its audience. Yes, the concept are traditional and philosophical, but even the Mona Lisa had to take a dump. It's this comedic timing and presence that can turn a gory moment into a moment to cheer at the screen. That's not to say that the picture is without startling moments that can be quite frightening where the tension builds and the survival will surely be of the fittest. The loser is on the menu. There's a reason this cast was put together with actors who can do both serious roles and have excellent comic timing. David Arquette wasn't just cast in Ravenous because he could play a cop in a Wes Craven movie.
The Scream Factory release is an HD transfer 1080p AR: 2.35:1, DTS HD 5.1 audio. Of course it's a significant upgrade to the edition I once watched on tape, but it looks excellent. The screen seems divided into three colors. Gory reds. Shadows of deep black and white boisterous contrasty snow. It's a superior product that looks amazing. Similarly excellent are the special features. With deleted scenes, TV spots, Still galleries, Costume design and production design as well as three commentary tracks, you're bound to get a finer appreciate for the intent of the filmmakers. The release comes with two variations of cover art.
Ravenous is a highly effective, thought-provoking work of cannibal greatness that looks vibrant and feels raunchy. When was the last time you laughed so hard you puked? Maybe Ravenous will give you the opportunity to answer that question and all while having one Hell of a good time. Let me leave you with a word of advice: Think twice about eating a rare steak and watching Ravenous if your intent is to ever enjoy steak again. This is a potent release from Scream Factory with enjoyable modern gore that still carries with it a certain sense of almost surreal ooze that makes eating a person seem almost appetizing; an excellent edition to the Summer of Fear lineup.
You can order Ravenous now. Available June 3rd. Buy hungry!