Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Feast

--Reviewed by Lindy Loo

Plotline: It's a typical weeknight at the local dive bar, that is until a man busts in with tall tales of vicious, man-eating creatures headed their way.

Scariness factor: It's got some high-tension moments, though the humor saps out a lot of the build-up of tension (though not in a bad way)

Gross-Out Factor: Pretty damn high. A dude gets an eyeball pulled out, in full-on, graphic grossness. And that's just one example.

Complaints: Really, I'm hard-pressed to think of any.

High Points: I'd seen this movie at the library dozens of times and thought nothing of it because it looked like a shitty straight-to-video flick. And then I saw it on someone's TOP 100 HORROR MOVIES list. And then I saw it on someone else's TOP 100 HORROR MOVIES list. So I decided perhaps I really needed to check it out. And there's a reason that it made it onto these people's list: It's is a goddamn fun and funny horror flick. I rarely enjoy new horror flicks, but this movie was seriously a blast. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and it also doesn't take the horror genre too seriously, so it's an enjoyable self-deprecating ride. It's high-paced throughout, never a slow moment. The 90 minutes will breeze by with action-packed momentum. It's got strong female characters--in fact, they're the only ones who really seem to have their heads on their shoulders throughout. And they kick ass and explode the "helpless female" horror movie trope. But most importantly, this movie is funny as HELL. I found myself laughing out loud in parts. It sets you up to expect certain things out of it, and then it very cleverly undercuts all of your expectations.

Overall: I really really enjoyed this movie. It is funny, fast-paced, has great special fx, and is surprisingly underhyped. Go check it out. You won't be disappointed.

Grade: A



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