Nerdbot October Horror Reviews - Feast "Aw man! The monsters are doing it doggy style!"

October 24, 2015

    About 10 years ago, there was a series on Bravo called "The Greenlight Project", where some big names, like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, were going to shepherd some up-and-coming filmmakers, and I think the winner got to do their own full-blown production of the movie they wanted to make. Honestly, I never watched the show, though I wish I had, because as I've gotten older and wiser, I've become more interested in the in and outs of moviemaking, and had I known the movie that was going to be the end product, I *really* would've watched it, that movie being "Feast". I don't even remember how I found this movie many years ago, but I was so glad I did. It's an immensely refreshing flick with a great cast, and an attitude that hasn't been around in horror much over the last 20 years.

    One thing that's pretty different about this movie is it takes place in one building, a bar and juke joint out in the middle of the desert. The cast is pretty small, less than 10 people total, I'd say. This group are a pretty varied group, from young guys on the prowl, to elderly women, and everything in between. One of the my favorite parts about the entire movie is how the characters are each introduced. When they're first on-screen, they're in a freeze frame and somethin like a profile from a video game comes up. It lists things like "Known As:", "Occupation:", and "Life Expectancy", but they are all done so hilariously. I'm just paraphrasing, but for example, under one of our characters, it might say something like "Life Expectancy: Probably not very much f*cking longer", or something along those lines. Each one is kind of done in line with the role of that character. And the characters are all given great names. For example, one of the younger guys is in a wheelchair and his name is Hot Wheels. The hot waitress is called Honey Pie. It's definitely an indication of things to come. The cast themselves are fantastic, and we get a great ensemble featuring Clu Gulagar, Henry Rollins, Jason Mewes, Krista Allen, and Balthazar Getty.

    While our wonderful patrons are enjoying their night of drinking and pool sharking, a stranger runs in the door, carrying a gun, covered in blood, frantic, talking about these creatures that are on their way to this bar and they're all gonna die unless they listen to him. The bartender asks him, "Just who the hell are you?", to which he replies "I'm the guy that is gonna save all your asses", then not 2 seconds later, a creature reaches in the window and tears his head off clean. The setup and payoff of that scene is pretty indicative of the movie as a whole. Something will happen, someone will show up or someone will get locked in another room, and you just truly do not know what's going to happen. Everyone is up for grabs and no one is safe. Shortly thereafter, the mystery man''s wife shows up, looking for him and luckily for our group, she's a bad ass. She kinda motivates them and gets them going in the right direction. One of the baby monsters ends up getting locked in the bar, which is hilarious because he almost looks like a baby Freddy, but he's very frenetic and even starts humping the deer head hanging on the wall. They finally capture him and lock him in a deep freeze, only to kill him, and piss his parents off even more.

    While I did mention the wonderful cast, there are a couple that I don't care for, namely Henry Rollins and Judah Freelander. Rollins isn't necessarily just bad in it, I just can't find anything I enjoy him in. He plays a married man looking for something on the side and he was just kind of a weird choice for the role. Judah Freelander's character's name is Beer Guy, if that tells you anything. He just plays the most obnoxious, whining drunk stoner guy, and he's okay at that, but I just felt like he was playing himself. Something happens to him that makes it all even worse, to the point to where you're just wishing that he'd die already.

    Unfortunately, the movie does take somewhat of a tumble in the last half. The first half is really quite brilliant, with everything going on, the gore, the unpredictability. It's all a mile a minute for a while, but then it gets to the point where more characters start biting the dust, there's less interaction, less action, and moreless an hour or so of this group going back and forth hatching plans to get rid of the monsters. They try to add a few moments of tension by making a couple of the characters questionable, making you wonder if someone is going to kill someone else or whatever. In a movie where people are just being brutally killed off one after another, it's very hard to make that tension be effective, in thinking "wow, is that person gonna live??". Problem is, we don't really care. Everyone is so expendable. I mentioned the gore and man, this does not disappoint one iota. It was some just amazing stuff to look at, and from what I could tell, nearly all practical.

    Another thing I was a bit disappointed in were the creatures were never explained at all, and that's fine but we never really legitimately even them until almost the very end. I assure you, I'm not one of those that needs to be spoon fed every aspect of a film, but a little something more would be nice. There's pretty much no reference as far as what these creatures are, why they're attacking this place, etc. Which is fine, I enjoy movies that allow you to fill in the dots, but we literally know knothing. On the same token, I kind of appreciate something that tells a a stronger narrative, possiby explaining where they came from, etc. It's a fine line. One more thing I did not like is the filming technique they used throughout the entire movie where they have these insanely frantic camera shops, and it gets so bad that you sometimes can't tell what's what. This movie is very hard to rate because of how I view each half. The first half of this film is just pure brilliance and I'd put it up against anything in the genre. The second half, while not bad, slows down and goes into a different path. First half, I'd say 9 out of 10, last half I'd say 7 out of ten, so we'll meet in the middle.

        `    "Feast" gets 8 pairs of pink jogging pants out of 10

 

 

 

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