Feast (2006)

Feast (2006), a well reviewed alum of Project Greenlight, is another previously unseen movie on my list this year. Although I was never really a big fan of Project Greenlight, the promise of a funny, gorefest staring Henry Rollins was too intriguing not to eventually see. Feast is a quasi parody of the “stranded in a cabin” horror genre, perfected by Evil Dead, and last improved upon by the seldom seen gem, Deep Blue Sea (1999). (Side note, Deep Blue Sea, that features Samuel L. Jackson and Ice Cube, among others, was widely panned upon release, but I think critics misunderstood the movie. It has genuine humor, suspense and action, and introduced new elements to the “stranded in a cabin” genre that Feast would eventually ape.)

Great performances, over the top gore, and monster on human corpse rape sequences all contribute toward a fun time (if you’re into that kind of thing.) The sometimes tongue in cheek, sometimes straight, approach the film makers take to the subject matter, however, makes it hard to enjoy as a comedy (as it’s billed) and makes it fall a little flat as a horror movie, in large part because the plot is so straight forward and predictable. But that said, there are some straight up fantastic moments in the movie, both laugh inspiring and delighted cringe inducing, that make it a fun October movie.

Brides of Dracula

Brides of Dracula (1960) is one of Britain’s Hammer Studios’ several contributions to the vampire genre, and until now, the only one I hadn’t seen. I’m a Hammer fan though, so I was quite looking forward to it 

Unfortunately, it’s also not their best contribution. Peter Cushing as Von Helsing and the stunning Yvonne Monlaur as the bride to be, are quite good in their roles, but the story is quite predictable even by 60s standards. Although the Dracula of this tale does have some unique tastes (his mom, yuck!), the film lacks even Hammer’s usual salaciousness, despite the name. 

In the end, it was well made, well acted, but just hasn’t aged well as a Dracula movie.