Synopsis: Captain John Boyd receives a promotion after defeating the enemy command in a battle of the Mexican-American War, but because the general realizes it was an act of cowardice that got him there, he is given a backhanded promotion to Fort Spencer, where he is third in command. The others at the fort are two Indians, George and his sister, Martha, who came with the place, Chaplain Toffler, Reich, the soldier; Cleaves, a drugged-up cook; and Knox, who is frequently drunk. When a Scottish stranger named Colquhoun appears and recovers from frostbite almost instantly after being bathed, he tells a story about his party leader, Ives, eating members of the party to survive. As part of their duty, they must go up to the cave where this occurred to see if any have survived. Only Martha, Knox, and Cleaves stay behind. George warns that since Colquhoun admits to eating human flesh, he must be a Windigo, a ravenous cannibalistic creature.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Antonia Bird
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

For heroism above

and beyond the call of duty...

for successfully infiltrating

the enemy's ranks...

and securing victory


with cunning and honor...

Captain John Boyd.



You're no hero, Boyd.

I want you as far

from my company as possible.

I'm sending you to California...

Fort Spencer.

Please, gentlemen, quickly.

I want all of that in

the largest office on the left.

Careful. Don't scratch it.

Come, come, come,

come, come, please.

Aah! Lieutenant Boyd!

Lieutenant Boyd!


Lieutenant Boyd!

Lieutenant Boy...!



Help me!

Help me, Boyd!


Captain John Boyd.

War hero, huh?

So, the brass

decided to reward you...

with a little appointment

to the California sun?

Have a walnut, Boyd.

Martha brought them in

fresh from San Miguel.

This is my hobby...

reading in

the original languages...

Well, you know,

languages in general.

It's, uh...

It's tedious, I know...

but, then,

this place thrives on tedium.

So, uh...

you have a hobby, Boyd?



I hope you don't mind

hard water.


Fort Spencer.

Uh, the Spanish built

this place as a missin.

We inherited her.

Now we're a way station...

for western travelers on

their way through the Nevadas.

We don't get much traffic...

through these parts

in the winter...

so we maintain

only a skeleton company...

that consists

of Private Toffler...

who's our personal emissary

from the Lord...

Major Knox, who never met

a bottle he didn't like...

Private Reich...

he's our soldier.


I'd steer clear of him.

And Martha you've met.

Bet you didn't get

a word out of her.

And George, her brother.

They're both locals...

sort of came with the place.

Ha! Ha! Ha!

And then there's

Private Cleaves.

The overmedicated

Private Cleaves.

And you and I make eight.

Cleaves cooks.

Knox used to be a veterinarian,

so he plays doctor.

My advice to you

is don't get sick.

I'd tell you don't eat,

but then most of us have to.

So, with your promotion...

you'd be number three

in command.

Toffler's prayer.

O heavenly Father,

bless this to our use, and...

- Amen.

- Amen.

So, did anyone

do anything today?

We have a great sense

of camaraderie...

here at Fort Spencer.

How did you get

behind the enemy line?

I froze. I was scared.


Youfroze while the rest

of your unitfought and died?

What did you do then?

I played dead.

But you made it

behind enemy lines.

I was buried...

with my commanding officer's...

half-shot-off head in my face...

his blood

running down my throat.

So, how did you

take the command post?


something... had changed.

We're going to

promote you, Boyd.

We could shoot you...

but as you single-handedly

captured the enemy command...

it might set a bad precedent.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Last-minute addition

to the post.

All right, Cleaves.

Let's hear it.

Salt, meat, beans...

coffee, oil...

bacon, flour.

All right.

I want you back in three days.

No loco weed...

no peyote...

no women.

No women.

Martha, keep him out of trouble.

OK. Nice trip.

All right, come on.


I'm going to get up...

some salt, meat, beans...

Ioco weed, and women.

- No women.

- I can't get a woman?

Wish you were along

for the ride?


What did you get the medalfor?


Uh... Knox has got

some excellent bourbon.

It's really fine stuff.

And he just passed out about...

a minute ago.

So, uh... wondering

if you'd like to...

He won't mind?


To escape...

in one form or another.



- Uh-huh?

- What are you doing?

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Ted Griffin

Ted Griffin is an American screenwriter whose credits include Ravenous, Matchstick Men, and Ocean's Eleven. Born in Pasadena, California, Griffin graduated from Colgate University in 1993. more…

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