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Feast [HD DVD] [2006] [US Import]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2010
This is "TREMORS" with gore. No two ways about it. It lacks the wit and character interplay of that film but has a view of itself as an antidote to everything thats wrong with modern horror/creature feature movies. Out goes all the slow tedious build up that a lot of flicks like this have and instead all those extraneous scenes are replaced with stop frame character profiles to whisk you up to date with the breakneck plot. Predictability takes a dive here too as lots of people die that would normally survive a film like this. An annoying aspect for me was the rapid shakey cam style adopted when the beasts attack. It just left me disoriented and estranged from the action and to a degree ruined an otherwise classy horror. The big reveal at the end is cool as before hand the monsters looked totally unconvincing but the pace of the movie dosent allow you to wallow on such petty quibbles. A noble addition to anyones genre collection. Am interested enough to seek out part 2. Thanks.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2009
A group of country redknecks and assorted passers by are holed up in an isolated, back of beyond diner on a dusty highway, when a blood covered man clutching a shotgun bursts through the door screaming to do as he says if they want to live. So begins 86 minutes of relentless, gore splattered carnage, as the cast attempt to survive against a ravenous family of carnivorous creatures beyond your most demented nightmares. Where they come from is never fully explained - they just appear from out of the desert in search of meat. The gore quotient of this movie is extremely high as one by one our heroes are dismembered, dis-embowelled, torn limb from limb, dispatched and eaten in ever more frenzied and inventive ways by the nasties. While being violent and bloody, the movie has a nice streak of sly wit running through it which nicely offsets the savage brutality on show. The set is awash with gallons of the red stuff as the beseiged group are devoured one by one, helped by some truly disgusting, stomach churning special effects. Humour plays a nice part, as shown at the beginning of the film, when there is a "freeze frame" to introduce each character with a fact or three and an estimate of their survival odds. The ensemble cast is first rate, including the likes of Jason Mewes - as an inevitable slacker and screen veteran Clu Gulager playing the boozy, verbally obscene barman. Feast is a whole lot of fun to watch. It`s bloody, messy, gleefully violent and wonderfully over the top entertainment the like of which has`nt been seen for quite a while. The Blu-ray picture while not being top of the range, is far superior to the standard-def DVD. Audio is pretty aggressive, providing a good energetic mix. The disc has absolutely no extras - shame on Optimum. Horror movie fans should love Feast, it`s insanely fast paced and gory fun, with a good cast of characters.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2010
I previously purchased the reg. 1 dvd of Feast back whenI didn't have the opportunity to buy Bluray discs. I enjoyed the movie great deal, so an upgrade in picture and sound would be in it's place. But here is where I think it falls short. The picture and sound are ok (better than the dvd release) but the movie is NOT the unrated edition. Having previously watched the unrated edition numerous times on dvd, it was a big letdown to watch the movie with many key scenes missing. I quess I should have been more careful before purchasing, but I just thought that since it was BD it would be the best version available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It was really good besides one simple unanswered question:

Where the hell did the creatures come from????!!!! First of all the movie has an undeniable good factor about it. Henry Rollins as a second rate Tony Robbins, a Jason Mewes joke, and a truly funny self referential anyone can and will die at anytime vibe all in the first ten minutes sets the table high.

The storyline is nothing ground-breaking, but with the very simple plot, this one makes the most of its cast and writers and turns what could have been a boring dud of a film into an extremely entertaining ride. The movie involves people inside a bar and monsters outside trying to get in. Nothing more. It turns into a surprisingly action packed film for what is basically a one set Rio Bravo remake. Like "Shaun of the Dead" (Another better than anyone could of hoped horror comedy) the characters make the difference.

There is plenty of cannon fodder (Introduced in an almost to long for its own good style of captions rating the various bar patrons survivability) and eye candy and best of all a surprising amount of x-rated violence. (There isn't a body fluid not featured in the movie. Finally an unrated cut that is truly unrated and not just an "R" with some deleted exposition scenes.)

The movie wisely never explains what the monsters are or how they got there. It concentrates on the real time survival of the bar patrons. Did I mention that anyone can die at anytime? Even your best horror movie watching radar will be put to the test as you try to figure out who among the rabble are the prerequisite hero and heroine.

"Feast" again is nothing ground-breaking in terms of concept but has plenty of fun, action, and style covered over by some rough spots. This is simply a good B movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A bar filled with an ill assorted group of customers comes under attack from a family of flesh eating monsters. Well thats it plot wise, but that means that the film is a non stop exercise in munching monster madness and that can only be a good thing in my opinion. Its also very funny, each character gets a character profile at the beginning of the film, including life expectancy levels. For example the character labelled Hero runs into the bar at the beginning of the film, tells the bar customers he's going to save them from the monsters and promptly gets his head ripped off. My favourite characters are salesman Coach(played by Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins) who keeps giving interminable motivational speeches on combating monster attacks, and Grandma(Eileen Ryan) who sits nonchalantly at her favourite bar stool as the carnage goes on all around her.
Theres also some great dialogue between the charcters as they become more desperate to escape. Its nice to see director John Gulager giving his father Clu a nice meaty role as well.
A highly enjoyable film. 4 out of 5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 2 October 2008
There isn't much of a plot, just some people trapped in a bar trying to survive the onslaught on some rather unpleasant creatures. However from the start, the film doesn't take itself too seriously. There is a comedy element that runs through a lot of the film, which results in a number of laugh out loud moments, which seems quite inappropriate baring in mind the carnage going on a lot of the time. However it works!

The horror is well done. There is suspense and gore, together with few moments that are pretty disgusting especially - if you don't like maggots! I thought the acting was pretty good and what there was of a script was pretty sharp (especially the comedic element). Its also worth baring in mind that I believe this was made on pretty low budget.

On second viewing I enjoyed it considerably more than the first time, so overall a good film that surprised me quite a few times, both for its humour and horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Feast tells the story of a group of strangers in a bar, in a small American town. Soon, events take a turn for the worse when a man enters covered in blood talking about monsters outside. A stand off then begins with the people in the bar barricading themselves in to prevent them being killed by the monsters outside.

This film is copied from others which have been done dozens of times before, but is done with so much tongue in cheek humour that it just about gets away with it. Although there are plenty of deaths along the way they don't always happen in the order you would expect. Whilst you don't really care too much about any of them it does add to the enjoyment when they are killed out of sequence when compared to the normal "rules" of a horror film. Gore fans will be happy as there is plenty on show throughout the film.

The action scenes are very fast and at times it is difficult to see what is going on. This seems to be a trick which is seen frequently on low budget films, usually to hide poor special effects. When we eventually see the monster it comes as somewhat of a disappointment. The frenetic editing would have been better to be used again to allow the viewer to imagine how horrific it is, rather than spoil the illusion with a cheap looking effect.

Overall this is film is a good addition to the low budget horror market. It is not something to see if you want deep, interesting characters and numerous plot twists. If however, you want to see a very tongue in cheek horror, with plenty of gore then this is well worth checking out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2012
This film is surely what the words 'an enjoyable romp' were intended for. I only heard of Feast thanks to Amazon, else I might never have sampled the shameless, gory delights it had to offer.

Feast, admittedly, has borrowed heavily from the equally tongue-in-cheek Tremors; the fundamental difference are the creatures. Still, don't let that put you off, it's as good as if not better than the latter.

Now, the intro was an absolute cracker and wonderfully stylised; very similiar to Zombieland's 'rules' but basically a device to introduce each character, a brief biog and chances of survival. Brilliant, just brilliant. No needless 'build-up' just straight into the action. Around the 15/2o minute mark is when it all kicks-off and from then on it's man-eating creatures versus barricaded-in-a-bar redneck types in the middle of Nevada (or whathaveyou).

That is literally all there is to the film. Heck, what more do you want; Casablanca? Another great thing about the flick is the deaths of the most unlikely candidates which nicely turns the conventional on its head. Despite its small budget it does well with the SFX although the only bug-bear is there are a couple of blink-and-you-miss-it scenes due to the speed of the creatures.

Other than that minor gripe, a quality no-frills horror that would be perfect for a lads' night in with beers and munchies.

Buon appetito!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2008
Considering the low budget on this film, I have to say its one of the funniest horrors i've seen for quite a while. The one liners are quality and the gore factor is there from start to finish. It reminded me of Shaun of the Dead, Severance, The evil Dead, Cabin Fever and even Dusk till Dawn all rolled into one. The actors hammed it up to make it a classic comedic horror, but don't expect out of this world special effects as this is not the case, but it makes the film more enjoyable !!

I would definately say it is a must have for your collection, especially if you appreciate good comedy horror. Looking forward to the sequel that is apparently being made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2012
A violent and gruesome combination of horror with some really horrible monsters to boot. mixed in with off the cuff comedy this film is a gorefest fun time at the local bar in the middle of mexico. If you take this film seriously you need to have your head examined. Sit back and enjoy the ride as it is not really scary but gives you thrills every step of the way.

The Blu-Ray itself has a few flaws mostly in the fact that the film quality is a cheap upgrade to blu ray a simple uncompressed conversion to full hd, and the fact it is not the Unrated version which incorperates approx 10 minutes back into the film including more gore then you can imagine.

Feast 6/10
Blu Ray Quality 5/10
Blu Ray Sound 7/10

Pretty plain and simple if you love dark comedy, and horror flicks you will love this film.
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