Monday, October 17, 2016

Film Review: Feast (2005)

Feast (Review)
United States/2005
Format Viewed For Review: Blu-ray
Netflix Instant: No
Amazon Prime: No
*A 31 Days of Halloween Special Review

"...a gore-fest — nothing more, nothing less."

Trapped in a secluded bar, a group of patrons are forced to fight for survival against a group of vicious creatures.

This is usually the part of the review where I go into a little more detail about the plot. The problem here is: this film doesn't have much of a plot. I suppose that's what they were aiming for. The film serves as a parody of the creature feature sub-genre. The characters are only given nicknames, such as Bozo or Heroine. Anyway, these patrons fight for survival against these violent creatures. The patrons board up the windows and doors, try to call for help, devise some escape plans, but it never feels like it has an actual plot. It all leads to a predictable and underwhelming ending.

Feast is a decent horror film for gore fans. I'm not talking splatterpunk movies like Hostel or A Serbian Film, I'm talking ridiculously over-the-top gore – the practical stuff, the good stuff. It has plenty of blood and guts. It's also a humorous movie. Remember, this is supposed to be a parody/homage of the genre. It got me to chuckle a few times. However, some of the humor falls flat. Aside from all that, it doesn't really offer anything else. It's not a suspenseful creature feature like Tremors. It doesn't have a well-defined plot like The Relic. It's just a gore-fest — nothing more, nothing less.

I'm a bit confused with the acting. This is a parody, right? So, was the acting supposed to be bad? Now, some of the performances are fine – more than serviceable. However, there are some cast members who are horrible. I'm not talking about Judah Friedlander, either. I'm talking about the rest of the cast. Occasionally, they nail that cheesy horror vibe; during others, they sound like robots reading from a script. The gore is great. Fans of practical effects will find some great visuals here. Unfortunately, the camerawork is horrid. I thought the shaky cam was reserved for found-footage movies, but I was obviously wrong. The film is directed by John Gulager and written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Gulager has a great visual style and a solid understanding of the genre. The writing doesn't help him much, though.

Overall, Feast is a decent movie. It's extremely gory and occasionally funny, but it just doesn't land. I enjoyed my time with it – it's only 80-minutes long – but it left a lot to be desired. This one is for die-hard fans of the subgenre and fans of practical effects. Otherwise, you're not missing much.

Score: 5/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore.

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