Out in the desert, a rugged hero-type man bursts into a bar, announcing that a group of vicious creatures are heading this way. And the odd assortment of customers and employees suddenly find themselves trapped inside the building, fighting for their lives against a family of sharp-toothed, super strong monsters.
From its dramatic opening scenes, Feast makes it clear that it's playing with the audience's expectations. Characters you wouldn't expect to perish are killed off when you least expect it, and the rug is constantly pulled out from under our feet. The movie even highlights this each time a character is introduced, by flashing up a screen of information about them, reinforcing what we are expected to think. And having familiar actors playing certain roles is no guarantee they will survive far into the story, either!
The film wears its b-movie monster heritage with pride, though it has a darker sense of humour and a lot more gore and violence than any sci fi from the 1950s or 60s. If anything, it feels like the cinematic love-child of Tremors (1990) and From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), with a helping of the drop-frame filming style of 28 Days Later (2002) adding a frenetic feel to the attack sequences.
The action takes place within one location, increasing the claustrophobia and sense of being trapped. The gore is so over-the-top the film verges on campy. CGI is used in some of the special effects, and is actually used well here.
Feast is clearly out to shock its audience, with generous helpings of blood, monster vomit, eyeballs, maggots, creature genitals and an almost slapstick level of violence. The horror here comes mainly from the shock value and gore, rather than tension or atmosphere (though there are one or two scenes). The performances are all great, providing a mix of amusing and likeable characters. It also has a witty script that never takes itself too serious, throwing out some sharp one-liners along the way.
Feast is violent and bloodthirsty, but so much so that it becomes almost cartoon-like. I found it entertaining and fun, and it surprised me constantly. I wouldn't suggest watching it while eating your dinner, though. 4/5