`Feast' is predictable horror, with gags

September 22, 2006|By Michael Esposito | Michael Esposito,Chicago Tribune

This middling horror-genre item from the Matt Damon-Ben Affleck-Chris Moore Project Greenlight folks is set inside the lonely Beer Trap Tavern, which even people in the middle of nowhere would deem remote. Feast follows a common horror flick recipe (people under siege from hungry monsters - so much for Greenlight's search for originality), adding a dash of humor to keep things from becoming too much of a checklist.

New characters arrive with a sometimes clever freeze-frame biographical pop-up - including a (not always accurate) life expectancy prediction. The characters fill a standard checklist including a salty bartender (Clu Gulager, father of the first-time director), a seen-it-all/done-it-all old woman (Eileen Ryan), a nefarious boss man (Duane Whitaker), a single-mom waitress (Krista Allen), the son who moves from his mom-assigned hiding spot to give us a fright (Tyler Patrick Jones).

Feast (Dimension Films) Starring Navi Rawat, Eric Danes, Krista Allen. Directed by John Gulager. Rated R. Time 88 minutes.

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