Feast 2 : Sloppy Seconds (2008)

Feast 2 picks up almost exactly where Feast left off. It’s the following morning and the monsters have torn though the town and left havoc in their wake. The bar manager (Clu Gulager), who appeared to have bought the farm in the first film, is found half-dead by the twin sister of the first movies’ Biker Queen (both women are played by John Gulagers’ wife Diane Goldner). When she discovers that her sister is dead and that Bozo (Balthazar Getty) might have been responsible, she sets off to the next town over in search of some good old fashioned revenge. With the rest of her all-girl biker gang in tow and a whole host of eccentric and colourful new characters along for the ride, including a car salesman, his cheating wife and her boyfriend, a duo of midget luchador wrestlers and their elderly Grandmother, Feast 2 takes things up a notch, in sheer madness if not quality.

Where the introduction of the first movies’ characters was inventive and tongue-in-cheek, here their intros feel a little forced and rather than going for something new, ‘tried and tested‘ seems to have been favoured and they don‘t elicit as many laughs as those in Feast did. Each lasts only a few seconds though and never detracts from the action so this is only a minor complaint in an otherwise good movie.

Feast 2 continues its predecessors’ sense of fun and where the first may have been considered borderline offensive to more sensitive viewers, this one does away with ‘borderline’ altogether and brings out the big guns. One scene in particular, involving a crying baby, will leave even the hardest hearted and hardened horror viewer with their mouth agape. Without the studio constraints of the first, Gulager has seemingly taken everything a step further in an effort to please fans. It’s heavy on gore, bad taste humour, nudity and violence and succeeds on almost every one of those levels.

Most of the humour is pretty base at best, a good example being the gaggle of female bikers inadvertently getting covered in a dead monsters’ ejaculate, in one outstandingly gross-out scene, but it’s never patronising and is always in keeping with the overall tone. The gore effects are pretty good too, with the notable exception of one or two instances of relatively poor CGI and some appallingly obvious green-screenery but the tone of the movie makes these scenes surprisingly forgivable.

The monsters themselves are given much more screentime this time around and the fact that they’re simply men in costumes is made that much more apparent, but they’re still a fairly credible threat, regardless.

Feast 2 : Sloppy Seconds is an acquired taste and lacks the more mainstream appeal that Feast had but only suffers slightly from this inaccessibility. If you enjoyed the first, it’s likely you’ll find lots to enjoy here but don’t expect it to be an improvement or to find anything particularly innovative. It’s a solidly entertaining, delightfully odious addition to the series and as long as no-one expects to see high art, they shouldn’t be disappointed.

Rating: ★★★★★★½☆☆☆

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