Original Release: March 19, 1999 (US)
Directed by: Antonia Bird
Written by: Ted Griffin
Produced by: Adam Fields, David Heyman, Tim Van Rellim
Running Time: 100 minutes
Box Office: $2,062,405 (US)
Upon receiving reports of missing persons at Fort Spencer, a remote Army outpost on the Western frontier, Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) investigates. After arriving at his new post, Boyd and his regiment aid a wounded frontiersman, F.W. Colquhoun (Robert Carlyle), who recounts a horrifying tale of a wagon train murdered by its supposed guide -- a vicious U.S. Army colonel gone rogue. Fearing the worst, the regiment heads out into the wilderness to verify Colquhoun's gruesome claims.
Guy Pearce (Captain John Boyd), David Arquette (Private Cleaves), Jeremy Davies (Private Toffler), Jeffrey Jones (Colonel Hart), John Spencer (General Slauson), Stephen Spinella (Major Knox), Neal McDonough (Private Reich), Joseph Runningfox (George)
- Tatra Mountains, Slovakia
- Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
- 2 weeks into production, director Milcho Manchevski was sacked. Robert Carlyle reached out to his friend Antonia Bird to step in, having enjoyed his working relationship with her when they made Priest (1994), Safe (1995), and Face (1997).
- Partially, and very loosely, inspired by the "Donner Party" disaster of 1847.
- It is 25 minutes into the film before Captain Boyd, who is in virtually every scene, utters his first full sentence.
Col. Ives: If you die first, I am definitely going to eat you, but the question is, if I die, what are you going to do? Bon appétit... Eat or die.
Col. Ives: Breakfast... lunch... and reinforcements.
Col. Ives: It's not courage to resist me, Boyd. It's courage to accept me.
F.W. Colquhoun: I said no food. I didn't say there was nothing to eat.
Col. Ives: We won't kill indiscriminately. No... selectively. We don't want to break up families.
Col. Ives: That was very... sneaky.
First Americans in the Arts Award as Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Sheila Tousey
Saturn Award as Best Horror Film
Saturn Award as Best Makeup
Saturn Award as Best Music
Satellite Award as Best Original Score