Feast III: The Happy Finish (2009) - Unrated

Genre(s): Comedy / Horror
Dimension Extreme || Unrated - 80 minutes - $19.98 || February 17, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-02-19


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: John Gulager
Writer(s): Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan (written by)
Cast: Jenny Wade, Clu Gulager, Diane Avala Goldner, Martin Kelbba


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Feast Trailers


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

Well, now the Feast “franchise” can join that of another lousy trilogy, Pulse, to a dreadful but merciful end.

Feast III: The Happy Finish begins right after Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (oh, I see what they did! *Teenage Snicker*) and our merry band of bloodied, with a couple naked chicks added for good nature, survivors are still battling (a.k.a. running from) the man-eating monsters.

Director John Gulager once finishes what he started in 2006 after winning “Project Greenlight” (the third one I believe) and releasing Feast in limited theaters – making an extremely paltry $56k on 146 screens domestically. I only recently saw the original Feast and although I didn’t think it was anything special, I still enjoyed the horror mixed with dark in-your-face humor. That style of filmmaking and humor continued with Feast II and again with Feast III, but by this point (and 3 hours worth of Feast-stories), it got tiresome very quickly. Of course, it takes talent to be able to balance horror and comedy together, even when the director is trying to bring something new to the table.

Along the lines of the story, I’ll give writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (Saw IV – VI) the benefit of the doubt in not wanting to divulge how or where the monsters came from (that’s the writers’ prerogative), but I felt that by the third movie the story had to advance some, even during the bloodshed.

My other problem, more important than the screenplay, is Gulager’s direction. I noticed the first go-around that many of the action scenes (i.e. monster attacks), the picture was so dark I could hardly tell what was going on. Well, that style of filmmaking continues with Feast III, and it was even worse as a good 15-20 minutes of monster attacks were horribly lit and not the least bit scary (or funny depending on the scene).

I find it hard to fault the acting as the screenplay and dialogue is meant to be corny and campy, but I must say I could’ve cared less for any of them, not that character development is important, but they have to have some semblance of likeability even if they are only meant to be the next monster meal.

I can say with no reservation that Feast III is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. This is coming from someone who doesn’t just hand out one star ratings (like 5 stars), so when something this bad comes along – and not a funny bad ironically enough –, I take note, and this was as bad as it comes. The best thing I can say about this movie is luckily only 75-minutes without credits.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Feature Commentary – Director John Gulager, Writers Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan and Producer Michael Leahy sit down for a casual but informative commentary track. These guys sound pretty cool and almost like some buddies just sitting down around talking about movies.

A Look Back at John Gulager (8:31) is an interview with the Feast director, how his life has changed since winning “Project Greenlight”.

We also get Feast Trailers for the original and a TV spot for Feast II.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

The movie is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 2.35 aspect ratio. As I mentioned in the review, a good portion of the film is shot in the dark with the minimal amount of lighting to give a small clue as to what the hell was going on.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track is satisfactory enough, but I wouldn’t expect a lot from a direct-to-video sequel like this.



.::OVERALL::.

I’m sure Feast III: The Happy Finish will satisfy some people but even I, as a fan of certain horror fans, could not get into the campy nature of the finale to the Feast Trilogy (which goes to show any movie can get a trilogy). In any case, the DVD doesn’t have much going in features (no deleted scenes) but the commentary is fun so I guess if you like the second one, you’ll probably go for this one.