FEAST FOR THE BEAST *** U.K. 2008 Dir: Tom Lee Rutter. 73 mins
A down on his luck man moves into a new apartment and becomes haunted by visions and voices inside his head.
Unbeknown to the new tenant the current landlord is hiding a very dark secret. The landlord relinquishes responsibility of a demonic beast along with the keys to his new room, a burden that will cost many a life, as he must sacrifice young women to feed to the beast!
This indie offering from Tom Lee Rutter is a fun horror comedy, it’s a good little zero budget film. I did want to see much more grue and action, but it’s a very low budget offering that is still very entertaining. You can tell the director has heart, and that’s the main thing with indie film, and that’s definitely on display here.
There are a lot of very unique camera angles being used here and some very good editing skills on display. This is a old film that does feel very old-school indie horror. At around this time, with the move to digital, we saw a plethora of filmmakers knocking out low budget horror films. In a way it was a milestone, much like the days of early VHS, with the advent of home video, VHS and Betamax camcorders that you could shoot direct to video. We got tons of horror films from filmmakers who not only had a love for the genre, but they had passion, much like this comedy horror.
I really liked the story of this, which felt like Michael Winner’s 1997 film The Sentinel, the way the landlord passed his role onto the next unsuspecting lost soul.
This film has some great jump scares, and the scenes with the beast attacking are haunting!
Review by Tony Newton