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Hungry for “THE FEAST”? SXSW shocker gets distribution

Thursday, April 29, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The Welsh horror film now has an appropriate date for North American release.

IFC Midnight has announced its acquisition of THE FEAST, and will open the movie at Thanksgiving 2021 (natch). Shot in the Welsh language by BAFTA-winning television director Lee Haven Jones, with a script by producer Roger Williams, THE FEAST stars Annes Elwy, Nia Roberts, and Julian Lewis Jones alongside Sion Alun Davies, Steffan Cennydd, Rhodri Meilir, and Lisa Palfrey. The synopsis: “Rooted in the potent mythical fables of Wales, THE FEAST unfolds over the course of a single evening as a wealthy family gathers at their lavish home in the Welsh mountains for a dinner party, hosting a local businessman and neighboring farmer to broker a business deal to mine the surrounding countryside. When a mysterious young woman arrives to be their waitress for the evening, the family’s beliefs and values are challenged as her quiet yet disturbing presence begins to unravel their lives–slowly, deliberately, and with the most terrifying of consequences. A slow burn meditation on history and tradition, greed and responsibility, identity and difference, THE FEAST is a contemporary morality tale that questions who is truly meant to inherit the earth, permeated with a mounting sense of dread that leads to a horrifying, bloodsoaked conclusion.”

“I’m thrilled IFC Midnight will be serving up THE FEAST in the USA and Canada,” Williams says. “I’m certain audiences across North America will be entertained and horrified in equal measure by our unique Welsh film which thanks to IFC Midnight will now find the widest audience possible.”

IFC Films president Arianna Bocco says, “It’s hard to shake the sense of fear and apprehension that you feel while watching THE FEAST, a terrifying and twisted fable that will keep you on the very edge of your seat until the shocking, Grand Guignol-worthy finale. We’re so excited to work with Lee on his feature debut and can’t wait to share THE FEAST with horror audiences everywhere.” See our review of THE FEAST here.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.