Director – John Gulager
Cast – Diana Goldner, Clu Gulager, Hanna Putnam, Tom Gulager, Josh Blue, Carl Anthony Payne II, Martin Klebba, Juan Longoria Garcia, Jenny Wade, William Prael, Melisa Reed, Craig Henningsen
Release Year – 2009
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This film is the third and hopefully last addition to the Feast series that has now become a trilogy. Feast got it’s start on the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Project Greenlight and wound up becoming one of the sweetest horror films I have ever seen. The sequel to the first film, “Feast II: Sloppy Seconds returned it’s original director and both original writers, yet sucked horribly. How the film makers allowed the to happen…I have no idea. Fortunately for the Feast franchise, this third addition is an improvement over it’s predecessor and somewhat goes back to the elements used in the first film that made Feast one of the most talked about horror films in modern time.
Feast III: The Happy Finish takes off right where it’s predecessor left off, with the remaining survivors from the second film still stuck in the town and looking for a way to escape. Our characters are soon saved from the creatures by a prophet who claims to have the ability to control them, and decides to lead the survivors through the storm drains under the town to find safety in a larger city. Along the way they meet an interesting character, martial artist Jean-Claude Segal(I really laughed out loud when I saw his name) and the group decides to finally stop running and destroy the creatures once and for all.
I am really glad that the Feast franchise SOMEWHAT redeemed themselves with this film after Feast II: Sloppy Seconds completely ruined this franchise’s image. Feast III: The Happy Finish was only a “happy finish” due to how horrible it’s predecessor was. This film did go back to some of Feast’s original elements like the way we were given the character’s introductions, as well as having pretty good pacing. Hell, we were even shown some pretty original characters which reminded me of the enjoyable characters the first film had. The “prophet” in this film is not your typical prophet, no, he does not carry a staff and books of papyrus with him. This “prophet” is…well…“special”(ok, he’s retarded) and actually was a bit comical in his actions and dialogue. I also enjoyed the martial artist character, John-Claude Segal and the as kicking abilities he brought in. He soon turned into a comedic role as well, given some very unfortunate, yet funny, things happen to him eventually. Hehe.
As with the other Feast films…this film did not shy away from the gore. That single element seems to be the only consistency we see in this trilogy, but at least it’s gore and not something lame like the use of pop stars as actors/actresses right?(like Britney Spears in Crossroads) I also took notice that the comedy in this film was funnier than the silly ridiculous comedy we were given in Feast II: Sloppy Seconds, and felt a little like the comedy from the first film, which is good. This film paced surprisingly well and we weren’t given as many silly, bullsh*t flashbacks that we saw way too much of during the previous film. Thank you John Gulager for ending the torture, I appreciate that.
This film is not without it’s flaws, and shared many of the flaws it’s predecessor suffered from, especially with the use of unlikable characters. The additional characters added to this film were pretty cool but unfortunately many of the unlikable characters from it’s predecessor are still…well…unlikeable. There is not much character development behind these characters and their dialogue didn’t help in making us care for them, you honestly will care less whether or not most of the characters live or die, and where is the fun in that? I must warn you, although his film IS an improvement compared to it’s predecessor, the ending to this film is definitely the weakest and quite honestly…STUPIDEST ending of the entire trilogy. Wow, what the hell got into these filmmakers?
Overall, this is an improvement compared to Feast II: Sloppy Seconds but fails in comparison to the film that started it all…Feast. Watch this if you are a fan of the franchise or want to check out some crazy violence, at least this film has a lot of that to pass the time.