Ravage (2019) reviews and overview of torture-filled thriller

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Ravage is a 2019 American survivalist thriller feature film about a young woman that witnesses an act of torture and is relentlessly pursued as a result. It was previously known as Swing Low

Written and directed by Teddy Grennan, the movie stars Bruce Dern (Freaks; Twixt; Swamp Devil; The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant), Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Eric Nelsen, Robert Longstreet (Halloween Kills; Doctor Sleep) and Joshua Brady. Bennett Krishock and Marsha Oglesby produced.

Harper Sykes (Annabelle Dexter-Jones), a young nature photographer, is on assignment in the woods of the Watchatoomy valley when she captures a disturbing event of a man being brutally whipped and beaten in the woods. After reporting the incident to the local sheriff her story is dismissed as a meth-induced nightmare.

Unfortunately,  Harper is quickly captured by the culprits and taken to an abandoned farm in the woods to be tortured. Due to her experience as a survivalist, she is able to escape but is on the run and has to quickly outsmart captures…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“It could have done with an extra 15 minutes or so to unpack the plot points a little more clearly, but for most of its running time Swing Low is a tight, visceral survival movie redolent of Australian thrillers like Wake in Fright (1971) or Wolf Creek (2005).” Bloody Flicks

” …the simplicity and newness that this film offers makes it worth your time […] It is a refreshing entry for its genre. I would even put this above something like Eden Lake. The protagonist is admirable and likable despite being flawed, the graphic elements overall make for a pulpy and cool viewing experience, and goddamn, the score is honestly brilliant…” Film Snob Reviews

Swing Low provided a good thriller chase and counter chase as Harper was hunted and also hunter. The cast of characters did a wonderful job with what they were given, which made the movie worth seeing.” Guild Master Gaming

“Normally this film would fall into the horror sub-genre of rape-revenge movies such as Last House on the Left and I Spit on your Grave but Swing Low instead becomes its own sub-genre of rape survival […] From beginning to end the cat and mouse game keeps escalating in tragic and terrifying ways until it ends leaving the audience breathless, myself included. Teddy Grennan‘s Swing Low is a film that takes a truly horrifying concept and presents it in a tasteful yet visceral way.” Horror Buzz


Ravage opens in virtual movie houses, drive-ins, and is unleashed on VOD on August 21, 2020.

Choice dialogue:

Mallinckrodt (Bruce Dern): “Torture is the barometer of a nation’s creativity.”

Cast and characters:

Bruce Dern … Mallinckrodt
Annabelle Dexter-Jones … Harper Sykes
Eric Nelsen … Nash
Robert Longstreet … Ravener
Joshua Brady … Kinsey
Ross Partridge … Sheriff Pendergrass
Chris Pinkalla … Billy Harrison
Michael Weaver … Superintendent Slayton

Technical details:

75 minutes

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