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by Tinderlocks (subscribe)
I'm a budding sound designer and composer for film. I live, eat and breathe movies!
Published January 28th 2013
A fun romp with terror

Feast is an excellent creature-black-comedy-horror-splatter-fest film. It is a movie that is "self-aware" and shatters all expectations that the viewer would assume in a film of this nature.

Feast, at first glance, is essentially your usual creature, splatter-fest film. You have your unexplained monsters running around devouring people. You have your group of "normal" people trapped in a bar in the middle of nowhere. Thereby, it poses the obvious question of how will they defeat or escape the deadly creatures? Sounds pretty banal right? Well, what this film does is it leads the audience down a predictable path and then destroys the path.

The movie starts by introducing the characters with text appearing on screen describing their position (eg: bar maid, inspirational speaker, hero) and life expectancy. So as a viewer we think we know if a character will or will not die. The film then proceeds to blatantly dispel the previously dictated information and kill off what we once thought were invulnerable figures. This is similar to the Scream movies, also involving characters themselves discussing horror clichés in the dialogue.

In my opinion, Feast adopts the older techniques of horror, not relying on CGI for effects but instead employing the use of props, animatronics and massive amounts of fake bodily fluids to achieve the gore. It also cleverly exploits the use of principally one location of the bar. This creates the effect of uncertainty outside the bar and thus intensifying the suspense. The film also uses the technique of not showing the creatures completely until near the end. Again this builds dread for the viewer, allowing imagination rather than effects to create the horrifying monsters.

The black comedy aspect is hilarious. Certain scenes are so obscene that the only thing the audience can do is laugh. The casting for this film is ludicrous which adds to its unpredictability. Most of the time in horrors, the least famous actors are often killed first. In Feast this is not always the case. The overall acting is very good considering the plot. The characters are well written and delivered. On a side note, I love how both Henry Rollins and Jason Mewes appear in the most obscure and unexpected films.

As a budding sound designer, I was very impressed by the use of sound to create tension and a sense of unnerve. Sound was used to effectively achieve frights, generate unease with constant creature sounds heard, and to enhance the savage repulsiveness of the creatures when they are finally seen. Music too was used effectively, for the most part employing the use of songs. The soundtrack was used stylistically to introduce the characters at the start and also constantly changed the mood throughout the film.

Feast was a highly enjoyable, gruesome black comedy. It would have been fantastic to watch it with a big group of people, discussing possible outcomes aloud and being mistaken every time. It wasn't remarkable cinema but for me it was a riotous joyride to share with friends or to watch on a boring Sunday afternoon. Overall, I'd give the film a 7 out of 10. A fun romp with terror!

Directed by John Gulager
Written by Marcus Dunsten, Patrick Melton.
Starring Balthazer Getty, Henry Rollins, Navi Rawat, Judah Friedlander, Jenny Wade, Krista Allen, Jason Mewes, Eric Dane, Diane Ayala Goldner etc.
Country: USA
Language: English
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