Suspenseful, bloody, and compelling, The Feast will make one reconsider having a large meal at one’s house.

Perhaps it is innocuous to discuss how certain sins of our society come back to bite us. Nightmares are born out of blood and savagery, and sometimes films bring a scathing social commentary on what the populations have done. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is an indictment of how humans abuse animals for meat. Jaws subtly details how politicians favor money over the lives being taken away by an enormous shark. Jordan Peele’s Us explains how the marginalization of American lives has dismantled freedoms.

The Feast film contains a gripping commentary about a wealthy family losing touch with human nature. Instead of a king and queen towering over the land, a man from Parliament (Julian Lewis Jones) and his wife (Nia Roberts) rule from a mansion. The sons favor triathlons or rock music and drugs. They have spacious bedrooms and delightfully looking pictures. But the muted colors and lines symbolize this place as an area of confinement, and the arrival of one girl named Cadi (Annes Elwy) arrives to assist in setting up their evening.

Cadi is no ordinary woman. She silently walks around in a black-and-white uniform with a chilling gaze, and her position in several camera frames makes her appear like a predator of sorts. The film smartly ramps up a high frequency to distort the viewers, leaving them tense as something horrific comes to light. It’s the same volume that erupted after the opening credits when a laborer collapses after a piercing noise from a drilling site.

Surely enough, the bloodshed signs come around. One of the sons cuts his foot after dropping the ax, while the other cut his private areas in the bathtub. The wife, Glenda, has a mishap when cutting fruits, and her husband becomes deafened when in Cadi’s disturbing presence. Every bit builds one by one, and it culminates in a fantastic supernatural vengeance in the climax. The eerie score coupled with the marvelous cinematography adds to the mayhem, and the blood takes over the screen in a gruesome manner (that probably forces people not to consume anything for some time).

Director Lee Haven Jones delivers a sumptuous story that will jar viewers in more ways than one. Even with a methodical pace, it has rich flavors attached, which alone makes this horror film worthy of consumption.

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