RAVENOUS – VPL

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This week we’re going back to the 90s to discuss a film that received poor critical reception, and due to off-base marketing, performed quite poorly at the box office. We’re talking about 1999’s Ravenous.

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Set during the Mexican-American War, the film recounts the story of an American soldier named Boyd (Guy Pearce) who is promoted to Captain; however, he’s exiled to a remote fort in the Sierra Nevada Mountains after his heroic story of Mexican defeat is found to be suspect. There he joins a ragtag group of officers, soldiers, and Native American scouts – it’s snowy and cold, Robert Carlyle shows up, and strange things happen….

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Within this macabre western (yes, it’s technically a western) is a deep character study surrounded by rich American lore, and inspired by true, harrowing legends from the Donner Party and Alfred Packer to the Native American myth of the Wendigo. It’s a darkly humorous horror tale in the Sierra Nevadas that pits a reluctant hero against a possible supernatural evil. But really, I won’t get into it because you should really watch this film if you haven’t already.

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Please enjoy our discussion of Ravenous, complete with cannibalism, Wendigos, westward expansion, folk music, and so much more.

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