Movie Review: Feast

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Feast is a 2005 comedy-horror directed by John Gulager and developed by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Project Greenlight 3 program. While the movie is now a part of the $5 bin at local DVD retailers, I rewatched it and was reminded of how good it actually is.

The movie is centered around an isolated bar and its patrons. While the patrons and staff are doing their usual, a man busts through the door wielding a shotgun and the head from an unknown creature. He tells them that more of these creatures are coming and that he will help them live. But just as he says that, he is killed. His wife soon arrives and she bands the group together to try to fight off these bloodthirsty creatures. They then have to survive the night and try to make it out alive or become dinner.

Feast is a blood-soaked roller coaster that is equal parts gory and funny. One minute you are turning your eyes away from the screen and the next you’re chuckling at it. It is a great mixture that is carried out by a pretty stellar cast that includes Krista Allen, Judah Friedlander, Navi Rawat, Balthazar Getty, Jason Mewes, Henry Rollins, Jenny Wade, Clu Gulager, Eric Dane, and Anthony “Treach” Criss (former rapper from Naughty by Nature).

The acting is very good and the story is original. It was a very well-made film that perfectly blends the two genres together and does exactly what it set out to do. It is a shame that it is often overlooked or forgotten about. I’m not sure if it was the fact that it didn’t get much attention when released or that it was followed by two very lackluster (and REALLY strange) sequels, but Feast still holds up well after ten years. And if you haven’t seen it yet but enjoyed films such as Slither or Hatchet, then give this film a chance.

Daryl Karpinski Jr.

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