There is something unsettling about Melissa Kunnap’s Feast.
The short film, which saw its world premiere at this year’s Women in Horror Film Festival, centers on a young man named Will (Patrick Morgan) who finds himself invited by his new boyfriend to a very special, very posh dinner party. It doesn’t take long for both Will and the audience to realize, however, that something isn’t quite right about the guests at this particular soiree.
With growing dread carefully seeded by Kunnap’s direction and the brilliant performances by her cast, we watch as Will discovers the true reason for the gathering.
Yes, Kunnap’s film is unsettling, but it is also daring and evocative of the old school terror of classic episodes of “The Twilight Zone” where nothing is quite as it seems and you’re never sure if you’re ready for the inevitable final twist.
And yet, it is beautiful.
Filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, every element of Feast seems intentionally and purposefully designed and placed. The sets are gorgeous; the wardrobe is immaculate.
It’s almost like a place that could not really exist, which almost makes the horrors of the film just a little more palatable. After all, if the place does not exist, then what we’re seeing could surely never happen.
It all could be some twisted fairy tale except that Kunnap’s cast steps in to make it all too believable.
Morgan is amazing as starry-eyed, trusting Will. He seems to radiate his own light, even as the dark purpose of the dinner party is revealed.
Brian Ashton Smith and Omer Mughal, meanwhile, infuse their performances with equal parts upper class gentility and predatory grace, and Nicole Burgess, Jackie Costello, and Casey McConnell fill out the central cast with with playfully dark glee.
It’s no wonder that the short film is garnering attention from festivals and critics alike.
Feast is currently making the rounds on the international film festival circuit. To keep up with all the latest news and for screening information, check out the film’s official Facebook page!