Feast

By Jonathan Holin

Released: 2005

Directed by John Gulager
Written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton

Feast is a delightfully gory and fun monster movie that thrives on not taking itself too seriously and still gets away with genuinely scary (and funny) moments.

The setting is an inconveniently located dive bar in the desert and inside an assortment of unlikely patrons and disgruntled employees: travelers and outcasts, wayward spirits each of who demand attention in their own way. As they’re introduced the screen freezes stylistically, giving the characters’ names and tongue-in-cheek statistics, including life expectancy.

A man covered in blood – labeled on screen as “Hero” – bursts through the door and warns the people inside that they are all in grave danger. He leaps into action, asking who has weapons and searching for materials to create a barricade. When his warnings go unheeded he reveals the head of a repulsive creature, and is promptly pulled through a window and decapitated. Surely he was the hero of some adventure, but his time was up, and I can’t tell you how satisfying it was.

The remainder of Feast spends its time observing the patrons fight for their lives and try to escape before these outlandish, super-strong, and disgusting monsters make them their feast.

If this was a straightforward horror movie I don’t think it would have worked as well as it does, but the characters are so well defined as unique takes on archetypical roles that it doesn’t feel like any monster movie. This frees the action to more possibilities, and allows there to be humor in even the goriest scenes.

Feast isn’t a great horror film, but it is great fun to watch as you anticipate which character will be killed next, and can it possibly be more disgusting than the last?

Rating: 7/10

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