7.0/10
34,765
323 user 139 critic

Ravenous (1999)

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Antonia Bird

Writer:

Ted Griffin
Reviews
Popularity
3,762 ( 267)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Ravenous (2017)
Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

In a small, remote village in northern Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore - their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding in the woods, looking for others like them.

Director: Robin Aubert
Stars: Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Charlotte St-Martin
Dog Soldiers (2002)
Action | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Director: Neil Marshall
Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby
Face I (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In the face of demise in his values, a socialist in England decides to form a gang and rob banks for a living.

Director: Antonia Bird
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Steve Sweeney
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After being hypnotized by his sister-in-law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.

Director: David Koepp
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
Drama | Horror | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the dying days of the old west, an elderly sheriff and his posse set out to rescue their town's doctor from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Director: S. Craig Zahler
Stars: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox
Near Dark (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A girl makes friends for life when she joins the tug of war team at her new school.

Directors: Po-jui Chang, Hsun-Wei David Chang
Stars: Shu-yao Kuo, Kaiser Chuang, Pink Yang
Dead End I (2003)
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Christmas Eve. On his way to his in-laws with his family, Frank Harrington decides to try a shortcut, for the first time in 20 years. It turns out to be the biggest mistake of his life.

Directors: Jean-Baptiste Andrea, Fabrice Canepa
Stars: Ray Wise, Lin Shaye, Mick Cain
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

The feel-good sleeper hit of 2013, Forever Love is the story about chasing dreams and following your heart. A bubbly aspiring actress and a charming screenwriter team up to shake up the ... See full summary »

Directors: Toyoharu Kitamura, Aozaru Shiao
Stars: Blue Cheng-Lung Lan, Amber An, Edison Wang
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The filming of Nosferatu (1922) is hampered by the fact that its star Max Schreck is taking the role of a vampire far more seriously than seems humanly possible.

Director: E. Elias Merhige
Stars: John Malkovich, Willem Dafoe, Udo Kier
Hellraiser (1987)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker
Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Capt. John Boyd
Robert Carlyle ... Col. Ives / F.W. Colqhoun
David Arquette ... Pvt. Cleaves
Jeremy Davies ... Pvt. Toffler
Jeffrey Jones ... Col. Hart
John Spencer ... Gen. Slauson
Stephen Spinella ... Knox
Neal McDonough ... Pvt. Reich
Joseph Runningfox ... George (as Joseph Running Fox)
Bill Brochtrup ... Lindus
Sheila Tousey ... Martha
Fernando Becerril ... Mexican Commander
Gabriel Berthier Gabriel Berthier ... Mexican Commander
Pedro Altamirano ... Mexican Commander
Joseph Boyle Joseph Boyle ... U.S. Blonde Soldier
Edit

Storyline

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. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Eat up. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for considerable gore and strong violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Czech Republic | UK | USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Italian | Spanish | Washoe

Release Date:

19 March 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vorace See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,040,727, 21 March 1999

Gross USA:

$2,062,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,062,405
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Foster's Social Orchestra, which performs in the film, was founded by Michael Nyman as a group attempting to create a post-modern, avant-garde sound by having artists with a background other than music perform the works of Stephen Foster in an untrained but inspired way. See more »

Goofs

When Boyd and Reich enter the cave, Colquhoun remains outside with hands tied. But, mysteriously, when the scene cuts back to Colquhoun his hands are free and he is gesturing madly. The next time the scene cuts back to Colquhoun he's holding a big knife in his hands; he could have dug up the knife from the dirt and used it to free his hands, although the rope is not on the ground by the hole (which he most likely threw away so as to not have it used on him again). See more »

Quotes

Ives: [gun clicks] That's sooo annoying.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The film begins with a famous quote by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900): "He that fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster." Nietzsche's surname is misspelled as 'Nietzche'. Shortly after, a comedic quote appears below Nietzsche's: "Eat Me" - Anonymous. See more »

Alternate Versions

Finnish video version is cut by 58 seconds. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A highly entertaining and original blend of horror and black comedy.
26 June 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Ravenous' is a highly entertaining and original blend of horror and black comedy. Apparently it had troubled beginnings with the original director being fired and Antonia Bird coming in as a last minute replacement at the behest of co-star Robert Carlyle ('Trainspotting') who had previously worked with her on 'Priest', a more different movie than this you couldn't imagine! Anyway, Bird triumphed and ended up with an excellent movie. David Arquette and Jeremy Davies are two actors I have little time for but they didn't have much on screen time and didn't detract from the great performances by Carlyle and 'Memento's Guy Pearce, who really sold the movie to me. I also really liked the role played by Tim Burton regular Jeffrey Jones. I enjoyed the work of all three actors, the unpredictable script, the inventive direction, and the unusual score by Peter Greenaway regular Michael Nyman and Blur's Damon Albarn, which reminded me at times of cult favourites Penguin Cafe Orchestra. 'Ravenous' isn't the greatest movie I've ever seen but I have enjoyed it all three times I've watched it and that's a lot more than I can say about most movies around these days. It's wicked fun with very clever touches of black comedy, and I highly recommend it.


72 of 95 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 323 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed