FEED ME ***** UK 2022 Dir: Adam Leader & Richard Oakes. 96 mins
What was my favourite film at GRIMMFEST, you ask? Well there is no doubt in my mind that FEED ME is the one and I can’t wait to watch it again at Dead and SudBuried in November!
FEED ME is a comedy horror that follows Jed Freeman (Christopher Mulvin) who meets Lionel Flack (Neal Ward) at the darkest point in his life. Jed soon signs his life away to cannibal Flack, failing to realise he’s about to be tortured bit by bit.
Having witnessed April (2021) Directed by Darren James King, I was expecting big things from Neal Ward and not only did he meet those expectations, he exceeded them. He embodied Lionel Flack with perfection. Not only was he downright creepy, he was socially awkward and hilarious with it. Exactly as one would expect a psychopath to act. I found it incredible how he added so much light to the dark storyline, mostly down to his facial expressions and one liners. As someone who has spent a lot of time in Texas, I thought the accent was rather accurate too.
Ward paired perfectly with Christopher Mulvin’s Jed. They seemed to be having a great time working on FEED ME, intertwining their performances with flawless ease. More than ideal for a buddy comedy horror, even a slightly deranged one. I found it really struck a chord when it came to the idea of Stockholm Syndrome as it appeared Jed was totally enamoured, for a while at least. Mulvin did a stellar job portraying the deeply disturbed Jed with his ability to show emotions with ease.
The two characters were mostly opposites and their wardrobes seemingly reflected this. The costumers did a superb job with Ward donning bright Hawaiian shirts and a rather silly disguise with Mulvin initially wearing the darker colours to reflect the state of his mind when dealing with the death of his wife.
The set design was truly brilliant and gave me goosebumps. It was thoroughly filthy and probably gave the cast nightmares that they truly would be tortured and eaten piece by piece.
The entire cast were definitely well cast and acted as I would have expected them to portray each role.
Of course, without Adam Leader and Richard Oakes, this film would never have been created. Their script and direction have created an engaging piece that is not for the faint of heart. If I could give it 6 stars, I would. It had me hooked from start to finish, with plenty of winces and laughter in between!
Review by Poppy Blundell
FEED ME is out now on UK Digital from Bingo Films