Feast
 
         
   
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Suspense/Horror
Running Time: 1 hr. 28 min.
Release Date: September 22nd, 2006
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong creature violence and gore, language, some sexuality and drug content.
Director: John Gulager
Actors: Jason Mewes, Henry Rollins, Krista Allen, Balthazar Getty, Navi Rawat
 
         
"Feast stands out as a horror movie parody that is actually quite a good horror movie itself."
   
 
             
 
Theatrical
8/10
 
DVD
N/A
 
Blu-ray
N/A
 
             
 
 
“They’re hungry. You’re dinner.” Perhaps the best feature film to come from television’s popular “Project Greenlight” series, focusing on aspiring filmmakers competing to get their movies made, Feast is undeniably a bloody good time.

An oddball mix of characters gathered at a dusty bar in the middle of nowhere are set upon by voracious monsters and slowly slaughtered. It’s a simple premise, as most horror films are inclined to use, but also a perfect setup for the wildly shocking and extremely erratic events that unfold. Each character is labeled onscreen with vivid titles during their introduction - with a life expectancy and statistics mocking the usual characteristics prevalent of such figures in horror films. There’s a hero character with a highly probable longevity whose job is kicking ass and saving the day, as well a single mom scraping by, protecting her young son. And of course there’s the whiny spoiled doll, a wheelchair-bound innocent invalid, and a strong female fighter who refuses to give up in the stand against the horrifying monstrosities. These characters perfectly mimic their counterparts in more serious horror fare and constantly fall into the stereotypical fright film routines. But the outcome of these expected incidents is where Feast differs and truly entertains. While the setup may seem familiar, the conclusion is far from it.

In addition to the normal horror movie fodder are several unique choices in characters, ranging from a bitter grandmother to a slobbish truck driver to Jason Mewes as… himself. Such inclusions only add to the fun and beg the question “Who will die next?” Feast goes to great lengths to make that answer an unpredictable one indeed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Each actor admirably matches the part and portrays their stereotypes to exaggerated perfection. With the help of intentionally riotous dialogue peppering the screenplay, these personas transcend their farcical roots to become unique personalities all of their own. Clearly lined with comic twists, turns and hokey actions (all doused with blood), the film resembles the over-the-top gore-ific fun that Peter Jackson introduced the world to with Dead Alive.

The creatures in Feast are appropriately disgusting Gremlin-esque creations that spray green sputum and wear dead animals as clothing. Sharp editing and dim lighting help keep the monsters mysterious and provide an excellent example of “less is more”. Though oozey, terrifying savages, the brutish beasts surprisingly contribute their fair share of laughs and awkwardly hilarious moments with typically unseen actions like mating, giving birth, and then being neutered. Certainly not your average monster movie sequences.

Feast stands out as a horror movie parody that is actually quite a good horror movie itself. Truly terrifying sequences interlace the goofy comedy and succeed in keeping the audience on the verge of laughter while simultaneously on the edge of their seat. Dark, abrasive humor, self-referential mocking, and gobs of bloody gore make this Feast one for the senses.

- The Massie Twins

 
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