I enjoy a good horror film that has some strong comedic elements. The Lost Boys and Fright Night (1985) are good examples of those. Another movie I’ll add to my list is the 1999 film Ravenous. IMDB will do a better job of giving you a synopsis of the film (and spoilers) than I could, but seriously…look this one up! It’s set in the Sierra Nevadas in the 1840s, before the Gold Rush and stars Guy Pearce and Robert Carlyle. And there is cannibalism in it! I’ve recently discovered that cannibalism is something that kind of…horrifies me, even though I am a tough customer when it comes to horror films.
For icing on the cake, the soundtrack for this one is wonderful and unique as well! One of my favorite tracks is Manifest Destiny, which you can listen to here.
This was one of a few tracks I cobbled together for a Halloween “soundtrack” when we had trick-or-treaters come to our camp site on a camping trip last weekend. It’s almost orgasmic in how it builds up from the beginning to end. Don’t let your minds go to the gutter, people! By “orgasmic” I just mean it builds up to a…stunning climax. It starts out with a lonely hammered dulcimer with other instruments gradually added to the mix, with low strings and low brass eventually chiming in on the finale.
You might know actor Robert Carlyle best for his roles in Trainspotting and The Full Monty. Here he is creeping it up in Ravenous. I’ve dubbed him the “Scottish Robert De Niro.” He’s a great character actor!
The soundtrack was composed by Damon Albarn (known best for being in the British band Blur and for being the brainchild of Gorillaz) and Michael Nyman. It’s not like anything you’ve ever heard! It’s like a horror ride through Appalachia, if you will – with instruments such as hammered dulcimer, banjo, mandolin and other traditional “folk” instruments playing a starring role along other more “traditional” instruments such as viola, violin, brass, flutes, etc. This ain’t no John Williams joint, that’s for sure!
I’d love to have more time to ramble on more about this wonderful film, but Friday night happy hour awaits! Thanks, as always, for stopping by this blog site!