Poffy The Cucumber


Ravenous_captionGuy Pearce is beefcake. No – literally.

Pearce is Captain John Boyd, an American soldier in the 1847 Mexican-American war, transferred to a desolate outpost harboring a troop of military misfits, one of whom is discovered to be a cannibal.

Jeffrey Jones is Colonel Hart, leader of this band of stir crazy soldiers, which includes Jeremy Davies, David Arquette and Neal McDonough. One day, a soldier named Colqhoun (Robert Carlyle) appears mysteriously with tales of surviving a calamity up in the mountains.

When Colqhoun leads Boyd’s troop into the mountains to find survivors – lunchtime!

RAVENOUS is an above average thriller in the jugular vein of werewolf and vampire iconographies, where a victim who is wounded by a cannibal becomes one. Rather than cannibals being irradiated townsfolk or redneck hillbillies, RAVENOUS draws on American Native superstitions of Wendigos, where a man absorbs the powers of the humans he eats.

Not just an Algonquian myth, cannibalism is one of humankind’s deep-scarred taboos – traced back even further than the King James Bible, which advocated it in the words of J.C. himself (from 1 Corinthians 11:24, 25):

11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

Lots of blood and bones, bones through flesh, flesh in pots and Guy Pearce looking tasty in all the wrong ways that taste so right…

Who Would Jesus Eat?



Ravenous_titleRAVENOUS (Mar 1999)
Director: Antonia Bird.
Writer: Ted Griffin.
Starring: Guy Pearce, Jeffrey Jones, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies, John Spencer, Stephen Spinella, Neal McDonough, Joseph Runningfox, Bill Brochtrup.
Word Count: 270      No. 539
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