Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Feast (2005)

FEAST does for the monster movie what SCREAM did for the Slasher by creating an entirely self-aware Horror movie that cleverly plays against each of the genre conventions in an insanely bloody and wildly entertaining gorefest! The film begins with the familiar NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD scenario, where a bar full of miscreants must board up the windows and lock the doors to avoid being eaten by a pack of ravenous creatures. From here, Project Greenlight winner John Gulager drowns the picture in gruesome splatter and injects it with the sharp humor provided by the writing team of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. When the bar patrons aren't having their limbs torn off or their guts wrenched from their torsos, they are being blasted with fountains of blood, bile, or worse. FEAST had the potential to become an instant classic, but unfortunately it never manages to break free from its cheap B-movie roots. Though the characters are extreme exaggerations of Horror movie stereotypes, they are also completely one-sided and rarely intelligent. After an incredible opening, the meandering plot fails to achieve the same level of excitement and intensity of the first act. Still, there are many brilliant moments found throughout the film that are as shocking as they are unexpected. FEAST sets the table with plenty of laughs, buckets of blood, and gooey gross-outs, quickly making it a cult-favorite amongst fans.

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 10/10.
Gore: 8/10.

If you liked FEAST, check out:
EVIL ALIENS, BAD TASTE, EVIL DEAD 2.

2 comments:

  1. I was so excited for Feast when it came out, especially since I did watch the Project Greenlight show, but I was pretty disappointed in the film in the end.

    The editing style was just too much for me to get into, which is an issue I have trouble getting over. I do actually own the movie, so maybe I'll give it another gander in the future, but I was really let down when I watched it.

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  2. The editing was a minor distraction for me, but the originality of the character introductions and insane opening act sold me immediately. Overall, it came off as a solid effort for me, but it isn't without its faults. Now, the sequels on the other hand...

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