A creation of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's "Project Greenlight 3," Feast is a B-movie and knows it, and succeeds in delivering an entertaining and gory story. Not necessarily scary and not always that funny, the movie is not without its flaws, but it survives on its absurdity and its gross out tactics.
Feast takes place in a depressing bar in the middle of nowhere. When a man only identified as "Hero" shows up claiming that there are monsters after him and that they have to lock the tavern down immediately, the losers inside the bar are rather dubious - until the mysterious man gets decapitated by one of the creatures. Immediately, this unlikely group bands together, albeit not always smoothly, to save themselves from the blood-thirsty creatures that dwell outside and attempt to determine how to escape once and for all.
The movie has no extremely memorable moments, but it is consistently decent from beginning to end. From its stop-screen introduction of characters to the rather good monster design to the goofy elements (one man becomes infected with monster spit and slowly starts dying, which leads to parts of his body rotting away and his bad eye to become infested with maggots), it has enough laughs and "scares" to keep you entertained. Probably the best part of the movie is that it has no mercy for any of its characters, regardless of who the actor is or what the character's age is. The self-described hero of the movie is killed within the first ten minutes, and the youngest cast member, a kid, is killed not long after that (later in the movie the director stops to point out that the mother is doing surprisingly well since her only child was recently mauled to death and eaten by an alien monster). No one is safe, and that makes this horror movie more enjoyable.
When all is said and done, this isn't a movie that you're probably going to watch over and over again, but it plays out a lot like From Dusk Till Dawn, except this one is actually fun to watch. If you like B-horror movies, you'll enjoy Feast.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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