29th Aug2014

‘Evil Feed’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Laci J Mailey, Terry Chen, Alain Chanoine, Alyson Bath, Derek Gilroy, Bishop Brigante, Curtis Lum, Sebastian Gacki | Written by Aaron Au, Kimani Ray Smith, Jana Mitsoula | Directed by Kimani Ray Smith

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I have many mixed tastes when it comes to horror and sometimes some movies just don’t work for me.  Then there are ones that are crazy enough to not take themselves too seriously and just go for the crazy, and they catch me.  Evil Feed is a film that mixes mixed martial arts, cannibalism and sex together in an orgy of cult sensationalism that refuses to let me hate it; I loved every minute of it.

When their friends disappear a group of martial artists are forced to infiltrate a Chinese restaurant where the menu is not exactly what it seems.  With a fighting club being used to provide the meat for the dishes and the house special “Dicky Roll” is the most sought after secret recipe the martial artists must find their friends before they are all added to the menu, or become victims in a power struggle between two psychopathic cannibalistic restaurant owners.

One of the most impressive things about this film is the fact that it’s Kimani Ray Smith’s debut feature film as a director.  When you look at his history in the industry though the quality of the fight scenes in Evil Feed are revealed.  Smith has worked on stunts for films like Watchmen and Rise of the Planet of the Apes and he brings his knowledge to Evil Feed to create fight scenes that are enjoyable and work to hold the rest of the film together.  Whether it’s him or the other writers who brings in the gore element this too is well done, though may be a little too much for some.

As you would expect in a film that puts human meat on the menu there is going to be plenty of blood.  Evil Feed features dismemberments (including a certain male member being cut off and used as a weapon), decapitations and face removals to just name a few of the best gore scenes.  I say best because there are lots of them and they are graphic, I particularly liked the face ripping scene myself, nothing is held back.  The combination of the fighting and gore is what makes Evil Feed surprisingly enjoyable, and the dark humour of the piece is well done.  Comedy is often the area where films like this can fail, so it’s nice to see it holds itself together.

When it comes to acting there is a certain level of over doing it, but I found in many ways this is what the film needed.  “The Phammer” played by Johnson Phan for example is a character that does lay it on a little heavy, but he is also the highlight of the film.  Coming out with some of the best one liners during the fights and kicking ass at the same time is nice to see, though his final scene is a little hard to stomach, though I couldn’t help but laugh at just how far it went.  Other stand out performers are Terry Chen as the restaurant owner and Alyson Bath as his assistant/lover Yuki though in the style of the film itself I would argue even the weaker performers don’t let the film down at all.

Evil Feed is far from a perfect film and I’m sure it goes a little too far for some to stomach, but sometimes gore fans needs to be appeased, and this is one film that definitely does that.  Maybe the script could have been better and more made out of the fighting scenes, but Evil Feed is a nice debut for Kimani Ray Smith and I know I’ll be looking for what he comes out with next, which is hopefully more horror.

**** 4/5

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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