Made for a very small amount of money, this is the kind of movie that becomes a cult hit.
Some of the acting in this film was a little below par.
Feast should be a lesson to New Line about how you make a schlock film. First of all, the Weinstein Co. (which funded this Project Greenlight Affair) spent somewhere around $2 to $3 million dollars. Unlike New Line, which spent $33 for Snakes on a Plane, and attempted to artificially create a buzz by claiming that there was a buzz that didn't exist. Feast kicks it's butt because it offers nothing but a good time. While not the kind of movie that I think the hardest of hardcore horror fans are going to embrace, it is one of those films that aspires to be nothing but a jaw dropping, "I can't believe that just happened" experience.
The story is simple. A bunch of character types wind up at a bar where they suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives against beasts of an unknown origin. There are moments that surprise (I never expected a young child to be eaten), gross out (the monster being castrated), and even provide laughter (Henry Rollins playing the very normal Coach, oral sex at a very inopportune moment, etc.). While I don't know if Feast is a good movie, I am not sure that that is the point. I think the fact that the best Project Greenlight movie ends up being the one that was the least paid attention to (the third season aired on Bravo and not HBO, and still the ratings weren't so hot), goes to show that violence for the sake of violence will beat "coming of age" anytime.
John Gulager and some of the other members of the cast are featured here as they discuss making this movie. I was really excited about about this but I feel that things were left sort of flat. I wish I could have gotten inside Gulager's head a little more, mainly because by the time Project Greenlight Season Three was over, I wanted to know more about who he was. Still, if you are a fan of this film or these kinds of films, you will probably want to check this out a little more.
"Horror Under the Spotlight: Making Feast"
A simple making of that weirdly didn't show us a lot of the actors. We get to hear from the usual suspects (Gulager, his father, his girlfriend Diane, the screenwriters, etc.), as they talk about making this movie on a budget, how good it was that John Gulager ended up winning Project Greenlight, and other logistical aspects of this film's production. What they should have talked about was how The Weinstein Co. said that they were going to release this movie in 1000 theaters, and now it seems like it just got released for a couple of days (in Midnight Screenings) and is essentially going straight to DVD.
"The Blood and Guts of Gary Tunnicliffe" featurette
Gary Tunnicliffe plays the Creature in Feast and he also runs "Two Hours in the Dark, Inc." which is a makeup and FX house. He covers a lot of the same ground that is talked about in the Making Of segment. By that I mean he talks about working on a budget, coming up with the creatures as the client envisions them, and just doing the kind of work he does in Hollywood. This is something that I think make-up and FX enthusiasts will want to check out.
Deleted Scenes and Outtakes
With 5 deleted scenes and some outtakes, I found these to be somewhat complimentary to the film. As I watched every episode of Project Greenlight, I feel I got a real handle on this movies production. These Deleted Scenes and Outtakes were especially interesting because I feel I got to see some of the footage that I had initially witnessed being shot. Now, if only they would release Project Greenlight Season Three on DVD!
Aspect Ratio - 2.40:1. There are times when Feast seemed like a mix between two worlds. Some of the footage gave this film a 1970s feel, while most of the bar footage looked rather contemporary. The fact that they were able to bring off this movie, and make the creatures and FX look as good as they did, I think says a lot about what can be accomplished by maybe not getting everything you think you need.
Dolby Digital 5.1. The sound in this movie was really good and that is important considering that we're dealing with horror. While I can't say that there were many moments where I was scared, there were a lot of moments of "Oh my gosh, I can't believe they just did that!". Which when you think about it, is probably the best compliment that you can level on a horror film.
They have done a very good job with this cover as they have Tuffy (Krista Allen) shrieking into the face of one of the creatures. Right away, one can look at that image and realize that they aren't seeing a run of the mill horror movie. The back cover gives us some shots from the film, a description of Feast, a Special Features listing, a cast list, and technical specs. I hope that if they put out this movie in a supped up format, they really go overboard with the packaging next time.
John Gulager is the person who made this film what it is. At first I didn't like this guy because he seemed like an ingrate. It was as if he won this contest and didn't realize that his uncommunicative ways were going to sink the film. However, the more he fought, the more he resisted the norms of the studio which turn filmmaking into a science project (and not an art form), the more this guy really endeared himself to me. The fact that he was able to take a B-level at best screenplay like Feast, and turn it into an artfully done horror movie says a lot about what he brings to the equation.
Like Wes Craven and a lot of directors before him, John Gulager probably doesn't want to be horror film director. As evidenced by some of the previous work he's done with his dad, and some of the names he referenced throughout the Third Season of Project Greenlight, it's apparent that when he's finally given the chance to make his movies, the real John Gulager will emerge.
Feast was released October 14, 2005.