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The Friday Night Fright: Feast April 5, 2008

Posted by Ian W in : Film Reviews, Horror , trackback

This is the small-group-of-people-in-a-confined-space-trying-to-keep-
the-monsters-out style horror movie that has an obvious appeal to those with a limited budget. We’ve seen it so often, in everything from Night of the Living Dead to Dog Soldiers, yet, if it’s backed up by a clever script and a director who knows what he’s doing, it can still be extremely effective.

The writing team of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton know their horror movies and take great delight in turning the genre conventions upside down. To say too much would be to spoil the surprises, but it’s fair to say that very early in the film you’ll realise it’s not going to be easy to predict who will still be standing at the end of the film.

Director John Gulager manages to create plenty of tension and some cool action set pieces as well as showing a commendable talent for early Peter Jackson style gross out humour. He may have lacked for money but blood definitely isn’t in short supply.

The cast is made up of mostly unknowns with a few familiar faces here and there. Balthazar Getty, Henry Rollins, Jason Mewes and the director’s dad, Clu Gulager, are the familiar faces. Mewes isn’t around for long and Getty seems to be playing Charlie Sheen but Rollins is great fun playing against type as a gun hating coach who’s in the bar when the shit hits the fan. As for Clu Gulager, for a guy in his seventies he’s looking pretty good and it’s nice to see the old pro getting stuck in to the action.

The film did well enough to spawn two sequels, both currently in post-production but it’s the writing team who are the films biggest success. Apart from scripting both Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds and Feast 3: The Happy Finish they’ve also done Saw IV and V and the forthcoming Hellraiser remake while Dunstan has also tried his hand at directing with The Midnight Man.

Feast’s aim is to give you a gore filled good time and send you away with a smile and a little blood on your face and it does exactly that. It’s hard not to like a film with a line like “Monster cock stuck in the door!”

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