New Horror Releases: Feed The Devil (2016) - Reviewed

Feed the Devil is available on August 2nd, Read our early review. 

Despite suffering from the clichéd forest horror theme and other standard qualities that are the results of low budget filmmaking, Feed the Devil manages to provide a unique location and a Native American mythology that just makes this worth watching. The story involves a guy looking to score big on a marijuana deal. All that he has to do is pick up the crop that has been growing in a secret location deep in the Alaskan forest. What he doesn’t expect is to battle evil spirits that are related to an ancient Native American myth.

Call me Tonto one more time, and I'll eat your face off. 

In many ways, this is a mash-up of other movies such as Green Inferno, Predator, Deliverance, and The Forest. There are various elements from each of those pictures that manage to find its way into this one. While they have to be given credit for including Native Americans in this, most of the acting suffers from being very average. The main character is played by Jared Cohn, who appeared to be trying to channel some type of inner Robert DeNiro. There were multiple scenes in which it seemed like he was doing DeNiro impersonations. Most of his dialogue was simply cursing, which makes you question whether that was completely scripted or just improvised. It did lead to some unintentionally amusing moments in this that had me roaring with laughter, even though there was obviously no intent for this to be a horror-comedy.

Everything else is just average in this as well. Nothing blew me away. Normally the forest themed horror films provide some decent cinematography involving their scenic surroundings, unfortunately this one did not manage to impress. The lighting seemed to be poorly done at times as well. The computer special effects are kept to a minimum, but when they are present they look cheaply done. There is minimal gore that mostly appears towards the end, instead trying to build tension and terror with the use of music and showing things after they had taken place. So this would be a disappointment for fans that are looking for the type of horror that is loaded with sequences of gore.

Someone told me that crucifixion was fun. They were right! I love it!!!

I do have to give the filmmakers credit for choosing a location and theme that are often not touched on in cinema. While the actual filming location was in Quebec, Canada, this was billed as taking place in Alaska. Your really don’t have many motion pictures that take place in that location. They also focused on Native American themes and culture, something that is rarely done except for period pieces. One recent example of this was Bone Tomahawk, which featured a Native American theme but the setting was the Wild West. This one was set in the current time, which is something that is not usually seen in cinema these days in regards to stories about Native Americans.

In the end, this is a below average production whose rating is achieved due to the fact that it featured a unique location and theme.

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-Raul Vantassle