This was better than I expected. At an isolated outpost in the 1870s is the scene where an inveterate coward (the real kind, not the funny kind) played by Guy Pearce must marshal the courage face Carlyle the Cannibal. Pearce mumbles, but we’re used to that. Carlyle goes wiggy, but we’re used to that. Kidding aside, they both do a great job. Their characterizations, some gorgeous cinematography, and a remarkable score all make Ravenous worth a watch. Be warned, it does have some standard horror bits, and it does slow down in spots, but it ends well. Not happily, mind you–but well.

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