Now I’m a fan of the low budget horror. There’s a lot to be said for independent movie making, and although 8 times out of ten they never seem to have the budget or technical know how to blow your tiny little mind, they are never short of originality and the kind of enthusiasm that comes from not having your soul sucked out of your wallet by big bad Hollywood. That said, when sitting down to watch the fresh faced movie making fodder of tomorrow, the expectations of what lies ahead is never very high, so when a film comes along that not only surpasses them but slaps you in the face with its arrogant swagger, you know you have a new favourite in the running, and a definite cult classic.
Feast is one such charming bastard.
This is one of the offerings from season 3 of the televised contest GreenLight Project that Wes Craven was involved in (let‘s ignore the fact that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon had anything to do with it ..) , to bring new talent into what is rapidly becoming a stale industry and was made for the impressively low budget of $1,000000.
The story is practically non existent, but that didn’t detract from the film at all, instead of a tired assed, whiney romantic sub plot, or post ironic psychobabble type scripting, the premise is simple and satisfying – a group of people at a bar in the middle of nowhere are under siege creatures unknown. This is survival horror at its very best, because it isn’t under the illusion that it’s anything other than what it is.
With echoes of Dusk Til Dawn, Tremors, and dare I say the one and only Evil Dead, Feast gets you hooked from the get go – comic character introductions, which include life expectancy and bios, fast paced action and darkly delicious humour, Feast is unrelenting in it’s disgusting, gory, charm. I’d also go so far as to say it jumped on the comic book style editing long before the craze really took off.
Cameos from Jason Mewes, and Henry Rollins (quietly becoming the King of Low Budget Horror, if there is such a title) in a staring roll, make this films one of the most entertaining horror films I’ve seen in a very long time. In this climate of Japanese ghost story remakes and relentless twist endings, its refreshing to watch a good old fashioned splatter fest with a damn good sense of humour.
It also spawned two sequels that I heart nearly as much as the original movie – take that you big budget wankers!