A film utilizing a B-movie treatment accompanied by some wittily nasty moments, Feast is a cheap-looking, gore-drenched, slick, brutish, and comic splatter horror flick. A thriller product of the third season of the American reality show Project Greenlight, this debut film from John Gulager is about a group of strangers locked inside a sleazy bar and are forced to fight a family of hungry monsters.
Feast is a gross, meaty, and bloody affair that tries to put a wild tone to compensate with its lack of distinctive characters and back story. Ruined much by the sepia-toned freeze frames introducing each character with their subtitled stats including names, occupations, and life expectancies, Feast misses more than it hits. Not being able to develop the characters well and not being able to tell enough information on what’s going on makes the movie look really crappy at most parts.
Although Feast can never be considered a masterpiece in the horror genre, it delivers a certain flair still and some load of gory goods. The actions are manic and the monsters are ghastly (even though they look and move so B-movie-like). However, most of the actions are too fast. The visuals suffer from jerky and spastic camera movements creating a sort of motion dizziness to the viewer. The actions are not clear anymore and the too choppy editing seems to become a scapegoat in order to assemble the film amidst its lack of effective shots. The repetitive, stuttering, and lightning-fast style of cuts almost makes it impossible to see who or what is doing what to what or whom.
Basically throwing together a number of familiar horror ideas without focusing on any in particular, what ends up on screen is an overall passable horror flick that could be marred by some budgetary restraints the way an independent film is made.
The film’s characters are not developed in any organic way. The movie kills off a few people every now and then, although you might actually think they would be potential heroes permitting other less-likable characters to keep up to the end. At least, it is not an entirely, predictable story (except for its ending).
The horror flick Feast is no classic, but it’s a fun night out movie if you and your friends are in the mood to shout and laugh a bit in appreciation of a B-movie under the monster-siege genre.