Feeding the Masses Release Date: 16 August 2005 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): Richard Griffin (upcoming Raving Maniacs) Writer(s): Trent Haaga (Hell Asylum, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV) Starring: Billy Garberina, Rachel Morris, Patrick Cohen After September 11th comedian Bill Maher put out a book called “When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Bin Laden.” […]

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Feeding the Masses
Release Date: 16 August 2005 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Richard Griffin (upcoming Raving Maniacs)
Writer(s): Trent Haaga (Hell Asylum, Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV)
Starring: Billy Garberina, Rachel Morris, Patrick Cohen

After September 11th comedian Bill Maher put out a book called “When You Ride Alone, You Ride With Bin Laden.” Through thirty-three pieces of art designed like the government campaigns of the early twentieth century, Maher wrote about how the Bush administration never asked the American public to make any sacrifices in what was, and still is, a time of war.

Now imagine that aftermath, but with a virus that causes the dead to rise and feed on humans. Feeding the Masses takes that angle on things, focusing on how the government would immediately step in to control the media. Masses is a satirical look at the government from the great Trent Haaga that also manages to partially succeed as an actual horror movie.

With the zombies having risen from the grave, shadowy government figures are controlling the news broadcasts of every outlet in town. Resident stoner Torch (Gaberina) works for Channel 5 News as a cameraman, and the white washing of the flesh hungry zombies is making him sick. Instead of genuine news and advice on what to do, the government is writing news broadcasts and commercials that encourage consumerism and normalcy in a time where people should be worrying about survival. Torch’s not alone in his anger, and joins up with other members of the station in hopes of getting real information out to the people.

Feeding the Masses is an odd movie that puts a whole lot of twisted material on the screen. Some of it is simply hilarious, while others have a twinge of humor buried in the filmmakers’ warped sense of humor. Most of the material in Feeeding the Masses works fantastically, although others do stop it from even coming close to touching zombie classics. The virus becoming airborne, the aftermath of the roommate scene, and the random military and gang attacks just weren’t handled right at all.

It does feature one beautiful bong-hitting scene, so those problems may be easily forgotten if you follow suit.

What I love about the zombie genre is that this is only one of the thousand directions that a filmmaker with an actual vision can take things. For example, The Asylum is currently in post on a film called Dead Man Walking that was literally sold to them with nothing but “Zombies in prison” on paper. Somebody seriously needs to make a zombie movie that splits its focus between zombie rampage and how the President and Congress members react.
DVD: Feeding the Masses has nice, simplistic DVD that I wish more independent films would copy. First is an excellent commentary track with director Richard Griffin and star Billy Gaberina that is among the best I’ve heard for a DTV film. The other Masses extra is a lengthy behind-the-scenes featurette that is packed full of humor and energy. Then there’s E.I.’s contribution to things, with a promotional video for Shock-O-Rama, the trailer vault, and two short films with optional commentaries. I honestly hate ninety-five percent of shorts, so it’s not fair for me to really review them.

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