Watched Apr 24, 2012
Ross Foubister’s review:
This is a low-budget independent release from Red Letter Media; a group most famous for their reviews of Star Wars prequel films. Writer/Director, Mike Stoklasa, calls it a "rubber puppet monster movie" in the same vein as Gremlins and Critters. It's more of a dark comedy than either of those films, though, and far more self-aware.
The film follows the story of a young loser working for Mr Plinkett, a creepy old enigmatic man, and a regular character in Red Letter Media's productions. He discovers that Mr Plinkett is feeding young women to a group of fleshy, toothy creatures he keeps in the basement of his hardware store, and attempts to put a stop to it.
Though the story is well told, it's the film's sense of humour that really takes precedence. The people behind the film are fans of shlocky horror, and they take shots at the genre throughout Feeding Frenzy with over-acting, a deliberately contrived plot, ridiculous special effects and even dialogue that bluntly questions cliches.
This isn't a slick, big budget film, but it wouldn't have worked quite as well if it was. The main flaw in Feeding Frenzy is that it's a little too referential and cynical. The basic story it tells is typical of the genre, and not farcical enough to be funny in itself, but it's told ironically through knowing dialogue and (again, deliberately) downright stupid scenes, which can be funny, but starts to wear on a little by the end of the picture. The people who made this film are very funny though, and the ad-libbed dialogue is a definite highlight that kept me laughing throughout.
I recommend this film to any current fans of Red Letter Media's online videos, but newcomers might want to get familiar with their more popular work before jumping into this one.