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Feast II: Sloppy Seconds (2008)
Dimension Home Entertainment
DVD Released: 10/7/2008
All Ratings out of
Review by Mike Long, Posted on 10/7/2008
It's no secret that movie fans love to be the first to know about the next big thing. It seems that at least once a year word gets out about a movie which is supposed to be the end-all-be-all of extreme cinema. These films are usually from Asia and 99% they aren't available in America. So, the curious will go to whatever measure necessary to see the movie. Recently, the Internet was buzzing about movies like Tokyo Gore Police and Machine Girl. From past experiences, I've learned that these movies never live up to the hype. All of this got me to wondering, "Why aren't there American films which match this description?" If people are willing to pay big-bucks to order these import movies, shouldn't someone produce a domestic product which can fit the bill? (Granted there are many independent films made each year which attempt this, but they usually fail.) Well, stop looking across the ocean for that movie which is going to finally jar your jaded sensibilities -- Feast II: Sloppy Seconds is here.
Feast was set in a small bar in the middle of the desert, which was besieged by monsters who were determined to gain entrance and kill the patrons. Feast II: Sloppy Seconds begins the day after this siege. Biker Queen (Diane Goldner) arrives on the scene searching for her sister. She finds the bartender (Clu Gulager) is still alive, and from his story, she assumes that a man killed her sister and that he's fled to the next town. Meanwhile, the town is being overrun by the monsters, who begin killing everyone in sight. Biker Queen arrives the next morning to find a small group of survivors, including a used car salesman (Carl Anthony Payne II), his cheating wife (Hanna Putnam), her lover (Tom Gulager), two little luchadores (Martin Klebba & Juan Longoria Garcia), and a survivor from the first attack, Honey Pie (Jenny Wade). The group goes from building to building attempting to find a safe hiding place. While they bicker amongst themselves and try to formulate an escape plan, the monsters run wild in the streets.
Feast was the final (for now) Project Greenlight film. It was chosen by Executive Producers Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Wes Craven as the low-budget horror project which deserved to be developed. The result was an unapologetic gorefest which offered no explanation for where the monsters came from and attempted to put on a new twist on the "trapped in a cabin" genre. The sequel takes the idea of the monsters on the loose and simply goes crazy with it.
The problem with most horror films is that they have one, maybe two set-pieces at best, and the rest is simply talking. That's not the case with Feast II: Sloppy Seconds. The movie hits the ground running and it's pretty much wall-to-wall action from there on out. The monsters here will attack anytime, anywhere, and the violence in the film is nearly non-stop at certain times. When the action slows, we are typically treated to funny dialogue and interesting character profiles.
With Feast II: Sloppy Seconds, I can only imagine that Director John Gulager and Writers Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan made a list of every taboo that they wanted to break and systematically checked them off one by one. To say that this movie is un-PC would be the understatement of the year and trust me when I say that NO ONE is safe here. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Feast II: Sloppy Seconds goes after everyone, as the monsters tear through the town. Bodily fluids fly through the film at an alarming rate, and every time that you think that movie can't go any further, it does. I would put Feast II: Sloppy Seconds right up there with movies like Re-Animator and Return of the Living Dead as films which you simply have to see to believe and ones which could work best when viewed with the proper group of people. If nothing else, the dissection scene must join the ranks as one of the grossest scenes ever.
I really didn't know what to expect from Feast II: Sloppy Seconds, but given the terrible track record of direct-to-DVD horror sequels, I wasn't expecting much. I certainly wasn't ready for the assault on the senses that this film is. While many will consider this film to be trash, I've got to give it a high rating because it does what it has set out to do: shock us. Now, the film isn't perfect, as the beginning of the third act does drag somewhat, but the bulk of the film is a great ride. Be warned, despite the fact that the movie is funny in spots, it doesn't pull any punches and sensitive viewers should avoid this one.
Feast II: Sloppy Seconds spews onto DVD courtesy of Dimension Home Entertainment. The film has been letterboxed at 2.35:1 and the transfer is enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs. The image looks good, as it's sharp and clear. The picture shows no defects from the source material. The image is a bit soft at times, but the colors look good and the level of detail isn't bad. Despite the fact that much of this takes place at night, the image is never dark. The DVD has a Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track which provides clear dialogue and sound effects. This is a great track, as the stereo and surround sound effects are constant and very effective. We can hear the monsters running through the streets and banging on doors, and these sounds fill all of the speakers. The synchronization between on-screen action and speaker placement is very impressive. Explosions and attacks yield nice subwoofer action as well.
The Feast II: Sloppy Seconds DVD contains three extra features. We begin with an AUDIO COMMENTARY from Director John Gulager, Writers Patrick Melton & Marcus Dunstan, Producer Michael Leahy, and Actors Diane Ayala Goldner, Tom Gulager, & Clu Gulager. This is a fun talk, as the group gives us a frank and funny look at the film's production. They talk about the actors and the locations and they joke about the ludicrous precedings. We learn about the story and get some clues about Feast 3. "Scared Half to Death Twice: The Making of Feast II" (12 minutes) is a very casual featurette which provides comments from the cast and filmmakers and some behind-the-scenes footage. Some speakers, like John Gulager and Marcus Dunstan talk about the production and the story. Other speakers, such as Jenny Wade or Clu Gulager...well, maybe they shouldn't be allowed to speak in public. "Meet the Gulagers" (5 minutes) has John, Clu, Tom, and John's wife Diane Ayala Goldner commenting on how the film is a family affair.
Review Copyright 2008 by Mike Long