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Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds - DVD Review



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</script></div>{/googleAds}There is a certain breed of horror picture - and fan - that prescribes to the theory ‘the worse, the better'. No, I'm not being sarcastic. There are those out there that actually seek out the dungeon-hidden pantheon of atrociously made horror fare to add to the burgeoning shelves of horror Z-Pictures... this reviewer ain't one of ‘em.

With the revival of horror in the 90's an attempt was made (at least for a while) to bring horror back to something of merit but just look at some of the crap they're releasing now. Unlike those who are unintentionally making horror pics you would rather take a baseball bat to the crotch than sit though, the makers of the ‘Feast' movies are embracing that ludicrous end of the spectrum. The goal not being to make a masterpiece, not even a halfway decent picture, but to have fun while making a deliberate steaming pile of silly crap. There is an audience out there for this type of film. The fact I am reviewing a sequel testifies to this. Why is something that eludes me.

Feast 2‘Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds' is the follow up to the Project Greenlight winner a couple of years back. Gone are some of the (somewhat) marquee names of the first chapter, and with it some of the production value. Picking up a day after the original finished, Biker Queen - sister of slain biker Harley Mom from the original - comes looking for her twin sister, finds the barkeep, who survived the previous night, and learns of her sister's fate. Seeking revenge for those responsible, she bundles up the barman with her gang and heads to a nearby township... where of course the monsters have done some more gory work, and the whole mess starts up again renewed.

The story dilutes an already thin premise. Any effect or mystique the monsters may have had from original is long gone by this flick's final reel. The self-conscious style of writing continues, but without the benefit of any originality. If you're going to take the piss out of the something, then have something insightful to say about it. The other frustrating thing (for someone not too keen on the approach at least) is that the story relies heavily on knowledge of the first, and leaves an open-ended, unsatisfying ending for the obvious next. It can't be enjoyed as a single piece of work.

The acting is unremarkable, with the players not nearly as enamoured with this shlockfest as its makers; though trying to chew around some of the painful dialogue would give anyone pause.

There is no mood in the cinematography. The film is lit like a backyard family video. The so- called scares are predictable, and having every idiot for the last two decades try to frighten with a loud sound doesn't help ‘Feast 2's' efforts to humorously embrace the ludicrous it makes it look like a weekend copy job.

To each their own, and obviously there is a click of folk out there who eat this stuff up, because ‘Feast 3' is on the way. The makers deliberately set out to make a bad horror movie, and in that, they've succeeded. But for this reviewer's buck, a film that overtly wants to send up a particular style of Z-Picture, and brings no originality to it, isn't entertaining it's merely photocopying a bad photocopy.


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DVD

DVD Details:

Screen Formats: 1.78:1

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Language and Sound: English: English: Dolby Digital 5.1

Other Features: Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; making-of featurette; cast and crew interviews.

* Commentary
o Feature-length commentary track with director John Gulager, writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, producer Michael Leahy, and actors Diane Ayala Goldner, Tom Gulager, and Clu Gulager.
* Featurettes
o Scared Half to Death Twice: The Making of Feast II (12:26)
o Meet the Gulagers (5:26)
* Previews for Hell Ride, Mother of Tears, The Zombie Diaries, and George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead.

Number of Discs: 1 with Keepcase Packaging

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