An eccentric historical horror tale whose blackly comic tone wavers distracting. Set in Northern California in 1847, it's predicated on the notion that you are quite literally what -- or who -- you eat. Captain John Boyd (Guy Pearce), traumatized by a particularly grotesque experience on the battlefield, is branded a coward and banished to a harsh, sparsely manned outpost in the Sierra Nevada mountains. There he answers to the weary Colonel Hart (Jeffrey Jones), whose men consist of chaplain Toffler (Jeremy Davies); loco-weed addled Cleaves
(David Arquette); drunken medic Knox (Stephen Spinella); Reich (Neil McDonough), the only competent soldier in the bunch; and a...