Directed by: John Gulager

Starring: Balthazar Getty, Henry Rollins, Navi Rawat, Josh Zuckerman,
Jason Mewes, Jenny Wade, Judah Friedlander, Krista Allen, Clu Gulager

Synopsis: A group of patrons are trapped inside a bar, where they are
forced to fight off a barrage of hungry, vicious alien creatures.


When it comes to the horror genre, there is “low budget” and there is “no
budget,” and that latter distinction usually makes the difference between a
bad movie and a movie so bad it’s great. Enter Feast, the third and final
film produced by the television show “Project Greenlight” that wastes no
time on nit picky issues like character and plot development and plays more
like a parody on the horror genre. This is a movie that has only one goal in
mind: to throw as much gore at the audience as possible and hope that it
sticks. For the most part, it does. I am going to quickly describe the plot
using no more than two sentences. Somewhere in rural America, monsters
have landed, have multiplied, and have discovered (much to the chagrin of
native residents, no doubt) that they have developed a taste for eating or
ripping apart human flesh.

In a dusty bar on the outskirts of desolation, an eclectic group of strangers
gathers to face off this marauding horde while attempting to escape. On
paper it reads like a trite set-up for any low-rent horror movie. So what
does Feast do to set itself apart from its predecessors? Easy. It is aware of
its status as a cliché, and throughout the film repeatedly winks at the
viewer with the use of clever subtitles introducing the characters, letting us
know the chances of their fates. I won’t tell you whether or not you should
actually believe what you read there. Let’s just say that this technique
doesn't exactly kill the suspense. But let’s get down to the brass tacks of
what makes Feast an enjoyable romp. For the die-hard horror fan, there is
a limitless supply of entrails, slime, and maggots. In fact, with the array of
substances tossed around on screen, blood seems rather boring.

Director John Gulager (whose other pending films are two sequels to this
one) doesn't hold back in the gross-out factor. He even manages to
explore a few taboos and smash them to bits. The dialog is on par with the
style of the film, not too flashy and with a few memorable one-liners tossed
in to keep the laughs (of which there are plenty) rolling. The only complaint
I have is with the editing, which is too jerky at times and results in a bit of
motion sickness. As if we needed to be nauseated any further. Sure, Feast
plays a little like a re-tread in the monster formula. You won’t find deep
emotion or any sort of insight into the human psyche here. What you will
find, however, is the result of John Gulager’s desire to make a horror movie
that is disgusting, brutal, short, and cheap. And that result is quite good.

Overall: 8/10
Genres: Horror

Rated: R

Country: USA

Year: 2005

Runtime: 92 minutes

Studio: Weinstein


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