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Ravenous (1999), R
CAP Score: 38, CAP ID: 1.37

Thomas A. Carder
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"Ravenous" (R) -- for human flesh. A movie of cannibalism -- nothing more, nothing less. And if you watch only the first 87 minutes of this 101 minute movie like I, you will see an actor carve a piece of meat from the leg of a dead man and eat it. And you will hear how eating human flesh is addicting like a narcotic; that doing so gives you strength and virility and it will heal your wounds -- and it will resurrect your dead body.

A violently invasive movie indeed. Flashbacks to battle gore and horrors freckle the choreography -- gore that competes well with "Saving Private Ryan." You will see guns all over the place (early American military weaponry) with control at gunpoint, graphic injuries, knife attacks with oozing wounds, and jumping off a cliff as an escape maneuver. You will also gaze into the open eyes of a dead man -- more than once -- and will see five freshly-stripped skeletons hanging from the roof of a cave.

And you will see drinking and drunkenness, insane and perverted behavior, murder by evisceration of intestines. You will be inundated with gutted dead men, lustful licking of blood, and nudity. At this point I doubt that continuing with telling you of the real contents of the film would improve your grasp of this movie.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Ravenous (1999) CAP Thermometers

NOTE: Multiple occurrence of each item described below may be present in the movie.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • flashes to extremely graphic battle gore and horrors
  • graphic injuries
  • graphic knife attacks
  • dead man grabbing a live man
  • jump off a cliff as an escape maneuver
  • insane, perverted behavior
  • skeletons freshly stripped of their flesh
  • bloody dead body with its eyes starring at the viewer
  • self-extrication of an impalement
  • defensive knife maneuvers
  • talk of suicide
  • beating

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • encouragement to lie
  • three uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • full rear male nudity
  • flash nudity

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking and drunkenness
  • peyote intoxication (smoking dope)
  • "bourbon break"
  • demand for booze

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • three uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and eight uses without, four of which were the use of Jesus' name in vain
  • story of cannibalism
  • the carving of a piece of meat out of the leg of a dead man then eating it
  • talk of eating 5 men in 3 weeks
  • licking blood
  • "It's hard being a cannibal -- tough making friends"

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • murder by gunfire
  • murder by knife
  • murder by evisceration (gutting)

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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