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Feast

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Jeff Nelson

Feast is a fun film that has earned its place in my collection.

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Monster films have been known to be the laughing stock of the horror genre. Moviegoers expect terrible FX with terrible comic relief. They're usually terrible films all around and are generally seen on the SyFy channel. Feast attempts to change all of that by embracing the clichés with open arms. Not afraid to make fun of itself, the film was made on a small budget and began buzz around the festivals.

When a group of strangers find themselves trapped in a tavern, they must work together in a battle of survival against flesh-hungry creatures. The plot is as simple as they come. The screenplay proves that the film doesn't take itself seriously. In fact, there is quite a bit of comedy mixed in with the violence. There are some good lines, but the humor is hit and miss. For most horror films, it's best to avoid the major clichés. However, Feast is proud to have them and makes fun of them. Instead of showing the past of each character, there are small bios to explain the characters as each one is put on screen. There are some fresh ideas here and never tries to act like anything more than it is.

With the given nature of the film, the acting could have destroyed the film if taken too seriously. The cast here knows to juts have fun and not overact. If you're looking for genuinely good acting, you aren't going to find it here. However, their performances fit the nature of the movie. The main cast is Balthazar Getty, Henry Rollins, Navi Rawat, Josh Zuckerman, Jason Mewes, Jenny Wade, Krista Allen, and Clu Gulager. Those who are watching this film expecting good acting will be disappointed. Those who watch this knowing that it's meant to be cheesy are sure to have a fun time with it.

The films with smaller budgets fear showing large FX for too long in a bright setting with the fear that it will look t/acky. The few times that Feast shows the creatures, they're in a dark setting. Each time they're shown, the monsters look good. They're threatening and definitely have awesome creature designs. Feast isn't afraid to show loads of gore flying across the screen and all of the gore FX are fantastic. Those searching for a brutal monster flick have found a good one.

Without a doubt, Feast has obtained cult status. It's a love it or hate it type film. Out of the humorous monster films, Feast is a fun one. It's entertaining from the moment it begins until it ends. There are some fresh concepts along with the clichés. From the title alone, audiences should know this isn't for the squeamish. Feast is a fun film that has earned its place in my collection.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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