Feast is a horror trilogy that is a result of the first film being a part of the third season of the Project Greenlight contest. The winning team was composed of writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and director John Gulager. It was executive produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore (through their Live Planet production company), Wes Craven and the Maloof family. John Gulager would go on and take control over the film series.
The series is notable for setting itself up and marketing itself as a parodic comedy, then taking a turn for the horrifying.
In a remote bar, customers are advised by a newcomer to seal the place since hungry monsters will attack them in a couple of minutes. Due to the events that happen immediately after this warning, the clients organize a strategy to defend the place under siege of deadly monsters.
Throughout the film, almost none of the characters refer to each other by their actual names. They are each identified to the audience by a nickname when he or she first speaks or otherwise becomes the focus of attention. This is accomplished by momentarily freezing the current frame to display the nickname as well as other helpful information, such as their chance of survival.
Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds
The film is set in a nearby town immediately after the events of the first film. The monsters have made it into a small neighboring town in the middle of nowhere and the locals have to band with the survivors of the bar slaughter to figure out how to survive.
Feast III: The Happy Finish
Picking up moments after the end of Feast 2: Sloppy Seconds, Honey Pie is killed by a creature and the other survivors are saved by the mysterious prophet, Short Bus Gus, who seemingly has the ability to control the monsters. He leads them into the sewers as they travel to the big city. Along the way they get help from karate expert Jean-Claude Seagal and learn that the monsters originate from a place called the Hive. Armed with this knowledge, they decide to fight back and destroy the monsters once and for all
This series contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Heroine and Tuffy (a.k.a. "Heroine 2") in the first movie, Biker Queen and her gang in later installments.
- An Arm and a Leg: Harley Mom loses a leg early on and bleeds out from it. But she's Not Quite Dead and wakes up just as Bozo and Bossman are getting ready to use her body as a bomb.
JCS: I look like a fucking foosball player!
- Jean-Claude Seagal in Feast III loses an arm to the creatures, then Bartender tried some Worst Aid inspired by Rambo III for a wound on his remaining arm and only succeeds in blowing it off.
- Anti-Hero: Bozo in the first film, see Nominal Hero below.
- Anyone Can Die: The series blatantly made it obvious after killing off Hero immediately after he's introduced. And shortly afterwards, Cody, a kid who was supposed to have a long life expectancy, is abruptly snatched from his mother's arms and eaten alive. Basically, the characters you'd expect to live to the end of each movie dies, and the characters you'd expect to die also die.
- As Himself: Jason Mewes in the first movie. His special role in the film doesn't stop him from having his face ripped off.
- Badass Biker: Biker Queen, and pretty much her whole gang.
- Subverted with Harley Mom, who lived only long enough to lose a limb and get orally raped.
- Bend Over And Have A Smoke: Tuffy is clearly just waiting for her "meeting" with Bossman to be over.
- Black Comedy Rape: In all three films a woman, cat, and man get raped by the monsters in that order.
- Black Dude Dies First: Slasher lampshades this in the third movie.
- Vet, in the first one Isn't the FIRST to die, but dies minutes after Hero does.
- Blood-Spattered Innocents: Honey Pie gets coated in gore multiple times in the first movie.
- Body Horror: The monsters' internal organs are another monster swimming a variety of nasty juices. Getting too much monster juice on (or in) a person turns them into a lunatic, a rotting corpse, or another monster, depending on the level and method of exposure.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Tit Girl, Tat Girl, and Biker Queen kick the shit out of Hobo. Literally.
- Death by Looking Up: Secrets and Lightning at the end of Feast III.
- Death by Pragmatism: Played with, but mostly averted. Characters die pretty much no matter what they do, but ruthless pragmatism (such as sacrificing their allies, leaving others for dead, and using live babies as bait) helps them live a lot longer.
- Decoy Protagonist: The films are notorious for this. As a general rule of thumb, any character that has the makings of ANY kind of protagonist can and will be unceremoniously killed off.
- In Feast, Eric Dane, easily the biggest name on the bill, shows up as "Hero", and is practically signposted as the protagonist. Less than a minute after his introduction, he's killed off. Heroine takes his place, and manages to stick around just long enough to give us a glimmer of hope that she will survive the movie, and then dies herself. It's then averted when Tuffy becomes Heroine 2 and Asshole Victim Red Herring Bozo become The Lancer for her which make him both the actual male protagonist and the film's Deuteragonist, and we spend the whole rest of the movie waiting for their gruesome deaths. It never happens.
- In Feast III, Jenny Wade (Honey Pie) is featured front and center on the poster and given first billing. She's survived the previous two films on dumb luck, and we're clearly meant to believe that in this movie, she'll finally earn her wings. She is killed ten seconds after the credits.
- Dirty Coward: Honey Pie in the first film.
- Greg in the second film, who sacrifices a baby to the monsters so he can escape. He did initially try to save it, but still.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The second and third films include a character named "Tit Girl." Take a wild guess what her primary characterization is.
- Eye Scream: Beer Guy has an eye pulled out of its socket in the first film. Later, in Feast III, Tit Girl has both of her eyes gouged out. That's not even how she dies...
- Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong: Slasher. Almost with Bozo, but averted when part of it gets cut off by Heroine after it gets caught in a closing door. Played straight and very literally with Harley Mom, shortly before she is blown up.
- Fatal Family Photo: For all the times that Heroine talks about her daughter Charlie waiting for her, it's a wonder she survived as long as she did. She might as well have been two days from retirement, too.
- Final Girl: Played straight, averted, deconstructed, and everything in between: Heroine, despite being signposted as this in the first film, is killed off twenty minutes before the end. Tuffy/Heroine manages to play it straight, but we never see her again past the first film. Honey Pie survives the first and second film mostly by dumb luck, and the third film's poster (and billing order) clearly wants us to believe she's going to be the new Final Girl, she's killed ten seconds after the credits roll. Secrets of the second and third films appears to play this straight, but she's crushed by a giant robot right before the credits.
- Foreshadowing: In the opening scenes, Beer Guy's eye is shown magnified and reflected when he holds a shot glass near his face. Guess who falls prey to an Eye Scream later.
- Freeze-Frame Introduction: Played for Laughs. Each character is introduced by their nickname (more often nickname), with a Fun Fact, and a Life Expectancy (almost always subverted). For instance, when a Badass ass-kicker arrives just ahead of the monsters, he's given the freeze-frame title card stating his name is Hero, Occupation is Kick Ass, Save Day, and Life Expectancy is "pretty damn good." He's killed off less than a minute later. Then his girlfriend shows up, and is given a card showing her name as "Heroine," Occupation "Tote Shotgun, Wear Tank Top, Save Day," and Life Expectancy "Hopefully better than the last hero."
- Gag Penis: Subverted; Lightning's penis reaches down to his kneecaps. Which would be a lot more impressive if not for the size of the rest of his body.
- Gainax Ending: The third movie ends with Lightning and Secrets getting crushed by a giant robot. Then a mariachi player shows up to sing a recap of the trilogy, which may or may not actually be concluded with Feast 4.
- Genre Savvy: "This is the part where the black dude usually dies!"
- Half-Human Hybrid: Slasher/Hybrid
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Thunder in Feast II, Jean-Claude Seagal in Feast III.
- Hard-to-Light Fire: The Molotov cocktails from the first film, one of which is finally lit successfully by Bozo, only to go out when Bartender's neck is slashed and his blood sprays everywhere, extinguishing it.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Boss Man and Greg Swank. Inverted in the latter case, as he survives a pipe through the head but dies when it's removed.
- I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: Heroine gets shot offscreen as an anticlimactic death for their part of the film.
- Secrets accidentally shoots Shitkicker in the face just after he teaches her how to shoot.
- Jitter Cam
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Hero dies halfway through introducing himself.
- Losing Your Head: Hero and Honey Pie.
- Nominal Hero: Bozo, who seems to be your typical Jerkass who initially appeared to be created as a Hate Sink who should end up an Asshole Victim anytime soon and when given a simple task that involves putting his life on the line despite acting so tough, also shows him to be a coward who could be a Dirty Coward, but throughout the first movie, while still a loudmouth obnoxious jerk, who actually loves his wheelchair-bound brother, he eventually becomes resourceful enough to help Tuffy, retroactively shows himself to be more of a Cowardly Lion who eventually sheds off the "cowardly" part (unlike bonafide Dirty Coward Honey Pie) and even manages to survive up to the end of the film.
- Not Quite Dead: Used twice in the first film - Harley Mom has her legs ripped off and is presumed dead, until Bozo and Bossman discover she is alive when they try to use her body as bait. They still do it. Beer Guy has his eye ripped out, but gets up a few minutes later and manages to survive for another good chunk of the film.
- The last we see of Bartender in the first movie, he's having a heart attack and had his neck slashed by one of the monsters. He reappears in the next movie's opening scene, having recovered and placed a tourniquet on the neck wound.
- Red Herring: Bozo was not subtle that he's an obnoxious Jerkass, making viewers think he is the film's Hate Sink and a potential Asshole Victim. However, he is really the male protagonist to Tuffy's female protagonist who both managed to survive the film.
- Refuge in Audacity: And how! The series pretty much runs on this and Crosses the Line Twice, swerving drunkenly between ludicrous, terrifying, horrifically offensive, and all the way back again.
- Reliably Unreliable Guns: Part III has an example so outrageously absurd that it almost has to be a parody of this trope. A gun discharges on its own and blows off some guy's face, but the gun is a single action revolver — with the hammer down. For those not in the know, even pulling the trigger on one in that state does nothing; a single-action revolver is impossible to fire unless the hammer is cocked back first.
- Rousing Speech: Coach attempts to give one of these twice in the first movie. Later on, Tuffy/Heroine 2 gives one after Heroine dies. Nobody is motivated by either of their speeches.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: How some patrons, especially Beer Guy in the first film react to Hero's warning and the impending attack. Honey Pie plays it completely straight when it looks like she's bringing the big rig to save the rest of the survivors, but turns and flees.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Jean-Claude Seagal. He dies within seconds, and all of the characters (except Bartender) end up dying anyway.
- Sexual Extortion: It's clear that if Tuffy wants to keep her job as a waitress at Bossman's bar, one of her job duties is servicing him. There's no sign Bossman extorts Honey Pie like this; he has extra leverage over Tuffy in the form of the son she must support.
- Shout-Out: Martial artist Jean-Claude Seagal.
- Tuffy shouts "Choke on it!" as she's literally choking one of the creatures to death with her own fist, having just smashed all of its teeth out with the butt of an empty shotgun.
- Sleeping with the Boss: Tuffy. Not by choice, and she doesn't enjoy it, but she has a kid to feed.
- Sliding Scale of Comedy and Horror
- Smoking Hot Sex: Played with. Tuffy has a smoke while she's having sex with Bossman, but it's clear that's just her way to pass the time as she's waiting for it to be over.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Honey Pie and Thunder in Feast III.
- Teeth Flying: In the climax, the second Heroine uses a rifle butt to knock out every last one of a monster's many, many teeth. Then tops this by shoving her arm through its now-harmless jaws, and all the way down its throat, so it chokes to death!
- There Is No Kill like Overkill: Puker Girl stabs Tat Girl over thirty times, even though she was probably dead after the fifth stab. Biker Queen later avenges her death by tackling Puker Girl down, and pulling her intestines out of her vagina.Biker Queen: "That's how you gut a bitch, bitch!"
- Took a Level in Badass: Tuffy, whose name changes to Heroine 2.
- At the end of Feast III, the remaining survivors tackle Slasher/Hybrid to the ground and mutilate him using nothing but their teeth.
- The Virus: The internal fluids the monsters spill can induce psychosis in anyone exposed to them if not outright kill them. Certain methods of exposure cause the victim to turn into another monster.
- Toilet Humour : Not so much in the first, a scene the autopsy entirely dedicated to it in the second, and the third basically opens with it.
- Two-Part Trilogy
- Vasquez Always Dies: Harley Mom.
- What Happened to the Mouse??: Where did Tuffy/Heroine 2, Bozo and Hot Wheels end up after the first film?