Just the other day I learned a buddy I work with had never seen it. During that same conversation I learned that my roommate had never seen it. So, tonight, we popped in my favorite Cannibals Eat You and Gain Your Power movie of all time. As if there were any alternative, of course I speak of 1999’s underplayed (unless you’re a friend of mine) RAVENOUS. It occurred to me while watching it that of everything on my shelves, I’ve loaned RAVENOUS out the most. I can think of over a dozen people who have borrowed it over the years, one or two of which have asked for it back on multiple occasions.
This struck me as odd. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of Antonia Bird’s film and, most notably, Robert Carlyle plus the original music of Damon Albarn and Michael Nyman. It was my introduction to Carlyle, Guy Pearce and Neal McDonough. Ted Griffin’s script is a smooth one, going down with the ease of a fine whiskey and ending with the burn of a shot of moonshine. The final fight between Boyd and Ives leaves a vicious smile no matter how many times you see it.
I like most everything about RAVENOUS (it does dip a tad in the mid) and you’d need an abacus to add up how many times I’ve seen the bugger, but I’m still not sure why I’ve loaned it out so much. It is an easy recommendation, sure, but of everything on my shelf? I know I’ve pushed better films of all genres more often; the flick in question would not even penetrate a top 10 or 15 list if I wanted to get serious about it. The DVD for RAVENOUS is crap. And yet nothing else can seem to rack up anywhere close to the RAVENOUS tally, both of times I’ve seen and times other people have asked to see it. You’d think I’d loan out some sweet collector’s editions (only one pal has asked to check out the Out of Print Criterion Collection of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) or box sets, but nope. Just one of those things, I guess. Whose interested in watching something brilliant, like THE FOG OF WAR, when you can watch Wendigo craven superhumans chop the savage shit out of each other?
What say you? Any particular flick that always seems to be absent from your shelf?