For some reason the best season of “PROJECT GREENLIGHT” came to a screeching halt before its last episode aired. The previous films to come from the series, were below mediocre. Even with the obvious failings of Director John Gulager and blatant nepotism, he also managed to demonstrate a creative vision, something uncommon in Hollywood today. With that said, the possibilities of that season’s offering, a horror film called “FEAST”, seemed potentially fun. Even Wes Anderson seemed interested. (WHY IS THIS GUY STILL CONSIDERED A MASTER??? ANYONE SEE ANY OF HIS LAST CRAPPY HORROR FILMS?)
“FEAST” works and fails due to its attempts to push the limits of convention. Characters are named “HERO” and other simple titles. One big surprise comes in the opening moments wherein the character we assume is going to be the badass, gets wiped away pretty quick, akin to Angie Dickinson in “DRESSED TO KILL” but much more gruesome an end.
The basic premise has a bunch of characters all different from one another, but alike in that they’re cliché’s, trapped in a bar, in the middle of a desert. There’s no help on the way, no line of communication and a bunch of monsters outside trying and succeeding (at times)to break in and kill.
Krista Allen is, well Krista Allen. She has a sex scene, this time clothed. When the film suffers, it’s mostly due to the limited budget, causing even brief shots of the monsters to look unimpressive. But, for the majority of the film, the director creates one innovative image after another, making “FEAST” to outshine the great majority of recent monster films.
GENIUS PRODUCTS has presented the film in its correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The image is generally solid. Colors appear duller than typical, hurting darker scenes. The detail is generally impressive.
GENIUS PRODUCTS have provided a great Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It’s aggressive throughout. There are non-stop discrete effects and surrounds are utilized in creative ways. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion, even within multiple layers of sound effects and music.
An audio commentary is included, and fans of “GREENLIGHT” will certainly enjoy hearing the director and the manner in which he’s toned down his less than amiable attitude, while still showing passion for his work. Deleted scenes and featurettes are also here and worth a look.