YMMV: Ravenous

  • Complete Monster: Colonel Ives is a cannibalistic soldier who became obsessed with the Wendigo myth after suffering from hunger. Ives took to cannibalism, which resulted in him becoming stronger than other human beings. When he and a traveling party became trapped in the mountains during a blizzard, Ives slaughtered and ate everyone else before assuming the identity of “Reverend Colqhoun” and luring more soldiers to the spot before butchering them, sadistically chasing one terrified man down before gutting him with a knife. When he returns to the fort, having killed everyone who could recognize him except for Captain John Boyd, Ives begins a killing spree and forces the hero Boyd to become addicted to human meat as well. Revealing his intent to create a cannibal ruling class with himself at the top as a messianic figure, Ives is a representation of the predatory evils of Manifest Destiny and the savagery in human nature.
  • Critical Dissonance - Audiences (the few who actually saw it when it came out) generally rated the film higher than critics did.
  • Crosses the Line Twice - Blood pours down the screen, people do despicable things, yet one can't help but think, "why is this so damn funny?" The secret's in the score.
    • "White man eats the body of Jesus Christ every Sunday."
  • Faux Symbolism: Theres a lot of Christ references surrounding Ives which don't make a lot of sense and not even the director or the actor can satisfactorily explain.
  • Ho Yay - Boyd and Ives got a lot of it, especially since there's no other love interest in sight. And they end up dying lying on top of each other in a forced embrace...yowza.
    • Doubles as Foe Yay
    • To a lesser extent, Reich towards Toffler
  • Magnificent Bastard - Ives, again. It's hard not to love the guy.
  • Special Effect Failure - When the party is heading to the cave, there's a shot of them walking through the woods, where Colqhoun slips on a patch of snow. The patch then lifts off the ground and slides a few inches, as it's actually a swatch of cotton. This effect is only really used for wide or fleeting shots, though, and every other shot with characters walking through the snow has much more realistic effects.