At this point in my career I have had many uncomfortable celebrity moments, but perhaps none so uncomfortable as a bathroom encounter with John Gulager at the Slither premiere afterparty. Even though I was a raving drunk lunatic whose aim may have been off, Gulager was quite nice to me, and expressed nothing but hope that Feast, the film he made for the final season of Project Greenlight, would finally get released. The good news – it is.
Why the hell has Feast been so delayed? I honestly can’t figure it out. I know some people who have seen the film and they have good things to say, and it certainly cannot be worse than almost any of the shit Screen Gems dumps on America and turns a profit with. There’s just no reason Feast couldn’t get a real release and make some money in today’s marketplace. Too bad Dimension’s not giving it a real release – the movie is getting limited “late night” screenings in some cities before hitting DVD in October. Here’s the full press release:
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (August 8, 2006) – Dimension Films is proud to announce that "Feast," the highly anticipated horror movie whose inception and production was made possible and documented by the third season of the hit show "Project Greenlight" on the Bravo network, will hit theatres nationwide for special late night showings beginning on September 22 and 23, 2006. The special run will be followed by the DVD launch of "Feast" on October 17, 2006.
Directed by “Project Greenlight” winner and first time filmmaker John Gulager, "Feast" is the terrifying tale of a motley crew of strangers who find themselves trapped in an isolated tavern and must band together in a battle for survival against a family of flesh-hungry creatures. The ensemble cast includes Balthazar Getty ("Alias"), Henry Rollins (IFC‚s “The Henry Rollins Show”), Navi Rawat ("The O.C.," "Numb3rs"), Josh Zuckerman (“Surviving Christmas”), Judah Friedlander (MTV2’s hit show "Wonder Showzen"), Jason Mewes (“Clerks II”), Jenny Wade (“Rumor Has It”) and Krista Allen (HBO’s "Unscripted").
“Feast” will make its world premiere on September 12, 2006 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring this film, an incredible accomplishment for a first time filmmaker, to audiences everywhere,” stated Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company and founder of Dimension Films, which backed the production of FEAST.
John Gulager, the contest winner who was tapped to direct his first feature film for Project Greenlight said, “This is a dream come true making a movie. And then it’s a movie like FEAST! Monsters, chicks, explosions, blood, a studio film, a real budget…I mean…come on! It’s a really fun film that will surprise a lot of people and shock some.”
“We are proud to be part of a process that discovers, develops and provides opportunity for talented writers and filmmakers to work alongside entertainment luminaries like Wes Craven and have the opportunity to share their vision with audiences. ŒProject Greenlight‚ continues to leverage the power of various media platforms to discover new talent as well as create a community that has a vested interest in seeing the final results,” stated Larry Tanz, CEO LivePlanet.
“We are thrilled to have FEAST open theatrically” noted Maloof Motion Pictures Chairman/CEO Phil Maloof. “After a successful run on the festival circuit, FEAST has become a highly anticipated project amongst fans of the horror genre and we look forward to having it seen by moviegoers across the country.”
“Feast” was written by “Project Greenlight” winners Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, and was produced by Michael Leahy and Joel Soisson, and Larry Tanz, Marc Joubert and Andrew Jameson, executive produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Wes Craven, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Phil Maloof, George Maloof, Adrienne Maloof and Colleen Maloof. Dimension Films presents “Feast” in association with Maloof Motion Pictures in association with Neo Art & Logic and is a Live Planet Production.
For many behind the scenes secrets, be sure to check out the September cover of Fangoria Magazine.
I am seriously bummed that the film isn’t getting the chance it deserves, but I am happy that it’s finally going to be seen. Good on you, Gulager!