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Feast
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10.31.2006 By: Sturdy
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Director:
John Gulager

Actors:
Balthazar Getty
Henry Rollins
Navi Rawat

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A collection of strangers find themselves trapped in a tavern. One by one, vicious creatures pick them off and only together will they find a way to make it out alive.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I feel like I say this a lot these days, but I just feel like I’ve seen FEAST before. It’s a hodgepodge of various horror films that calls on various styles to make the job easy for the creative team. The most obvious similarities are with Robert Rodriguez’s FROM DUSK TIL DAWN. I won’t say it’s a completely bad film, but if you’re frustrated with the lack of originality in Hollywood today, I wouldn’t recommend picking up a copy of FEAST.

Despite its lack of originality, FEAST does have some points that deserve recognition. First, I have to hand it to director John Gulager. He has a classy edge to his direction that is surprisingly smooth for a first time director. I also have to give credit to the cast. It’s easy in horror films for d-cup actresses to play stupid and prove to be annoying, but these two barely managed to irritate me. In fact, I found myself impressed by their tough chick characters and I enjoyed rooting for them. The problems come with the lame and boring idea. We’ve all seen the strangers-trapped-in-a-house/bar routine before.

I could go on about how unoriginal the script was, but the film doesn’t put much effort into it. Of course, that brings up the question on how this could have been chosen as the “winner” for Project Greenlight, but I digress. The goal of the filmmakers was to throw a whole bunch of gore and fear at you to make your forget about how bad the script is. With that said, it’s clear the filmmakers accomplished their goal, and then some.

Overall, the execution of the average script was surprisingly well done, and I would imagine horror fanatics will get a kick out of it. It provides more than enough gore and gross-out scenes to appease most. Also, the un-rated version lives up to its name and definitely would’ve earned an NC-17 (for gore, not nudity) rating.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with John Culager, Micke Leahy, Joel Soisson, Marcus Dunstan, Patrick Melton and Gary Tunnicliffe: This is just crazy. There’s no reason to have 6 people doing a commentary. There’s no way for the listener to keep them separated and most of them offer nothing intelligent to the commentary. They seem to have a good time, but they forget people want to hear about the film.

Deleted Scenes (7:41): Personally, I liked these scenes. However, they would’ve added more to the plot and taken away from the action. So I would imagine fans of the film will be glad they were left out.

Horror Under the Spotlight (11:10): This is plagued with too many cut-ins from the movie, but it’s definitely a better alternative for fans than the commentary. The cast knew this was a cheesy horror film, but they liked it anyway.

Blood and Guts of Gary Tunnicliffe (9:36): One cool thing about FEAST is that no CGI was used. All of the effects were left up to Mr. Tunnicliffe. This is a nice featurette about how he did some of the “stunts” and where he got his inspiration from.

Small Feast of Outtakes (3:03): This is a typical outtakes featurette with people tripping over lines and making jokes. It was fun, and you can tell the cast enjoyed making the film. Although, that’s not as clear when you watch the third season of Project Greenlight.

There are also some Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This was the payoff from the third (and likely final) season of Project Greenlight. There were rumblings that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck didn’t want a horror movie, but were pressured into it by the Weinsteins. Although not a horrible film, it’s clear that the studio should’ve listened to Damfleck.
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