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Appetites, a Gruesome Comedy

Appetites, a Gruesome Comedy



If you are a comedy horror fan and like your films very ghastly, gruesome, gory and grisly, then you should get a charge out of Appetites an indie shock movie that’s strong on characters, light on acting and with fair directing. When it comes to production values, Appetites lacks a good meal and needs some upgraded utensils. If you just want to get together with some men for laughs or just gross out some gal pals, this movie will do the trick.

The film starts out with Leland (David Harper), a repugnant man, sitting on the porch of a shack in a backwoods somewhere watching a male and female deer getting it on. Kind of an introduction to how the rest of the film is going to play out. Walking into the house, he heads for the cellar where he beats on Bubba (Scott Barrows) his feeble minded son who’s chained to a wall. He then walks over to where his daughter Daisy (Lauren Parkinson) is tied up and tries to sexually accost her. Bubba breaks loose just in time and kills his father.

Daisy (Lauren Parkinson) consoles Bubba (Scott Barrows)  in APPETITES

Daisy (Lauren Parkinson) consoles Bubba (Scott Barrows) in APPETITES

The film fast forwards 10 years where we find Daisy and Bubba living in the shack together. The two have developed a hunger for hunting down young men for the sport of it and dinner. The film goes on from there with Daisy wanting to find a ‘better’ life and maybe someone she can trust and love. When she meets John Doe (Bret Roberts), she senses that this could be the one, but he’s got some weird ticks of his own.

If writers Darren Bevill and Brennan Freemantle could have injected more mayhem and bloody killings in the film they probably would have, but it looks like they ran out of time and money, ending the film abruptly. Director Cameron Casey does a fair job of putting all the scenes together, the special effects make-up crew makes it all look quite gruesome, and close-ups of some gory action shots actually look as good as the big studio filmmakers. Trying to make good out of a bad script Casey does accomplish some good comedic interaction to offset the horror. But when it comes right down to whether the movie entertains or not, it didn’t for me.

Daisy (Lauren Parkinson) drools over her kill in APPETITES

Daisy (Lauren Parkinson) drools over her kill in APPETITES

As for the acting in the film, outside of a couple of well written characters, the cast has no exceptional talent in bringing interesting characters to the screen. Of the actors that did pull off good performances you would have to include Travis Eberhard as Charlie the motel clerk, Scott Barrows who plays Bubba the impaired brother to Daisy and Bret Roberts for his evil portrayal of the serial killer John Doe. While Lauren Parkinson does show her ability to provide the legitimate Southern twang, her character becomes a little too sassy and not enough lassie.

Lauren Parkinson as crazy Daisy  and Bret Roberts as John Doe in APPETITES

Lauren Parkinson as crazy Daisy and Bret Roberts as John Doe in APPETITES

There’s not much more to say about the film so I’ll just end it here with the rating.has not been rated by the MPAA, but does contain, explicit sex/nudity, violence, rape, gore, language and smoking. The sex and violence gets very vicious and gruesome in some scenes so those who are timid, easily sickened, repulsed, modest or meek should avoid seeing the film. Be extremely cautious if you acquire the DVD to put it in a safe place away from young prying eyes.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Not one of the better of the genre. (D)

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Lauren Parkinson, James Duval, Bret Roberts, Travis Eberhard, David Harper, Scott Barrows
Director:  Cameron Casey
MPAA Rating: Unrated, contains sex, violence, language, gore
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 46 min.
Video Release Date: August 4, 2015
Language: English
Reviewed Format: DVD
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Video: Widescreen for 16×9 televisions, Aspect Ration 1.78:1
Subtitles: CC
Number of Discs: 1 Disc
Distributed by: RLJ Entertainment

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  • Darren Bevill
    August 7, 2015, 5:53 pm


    Thanks for your candid review of APPETITES. The original screenplay and the final film are, sadly, two different animals in many ways. Cameron may have made the best of a “bad” script, but the script wasn’t bad in the beginning. Limited funding, creative “collaboration”, and last minute script changes (many, in my opinion, unnecessary) took the story in a completely different direction. I’m currently working on a graphic novelization of the original script (screenwriter Stephen Susco is a big fan) that will be a more accurate representation of APPETITES as Brennan and I initially envisioned it. Many of the omitted, and I believe necessary, story elements will be restored, such as Bubba’s elaborate ‘traps’ to catch victims, Detective Frye’s actual storyline (yes, he had one) and the final cat-and-mouse chase between Daisy and John). With any luck, the graphic novel may one day lead to the film we’d hoped for. For now, this is the version we’re left with.

    • John Delia@Darren Bevill
      August 7, 2015, 10:05 pm

      When you come up with the graphic novel I would love to get hold of it and write a SPECIAL review on what you envisioned and the film that I reviewed. I am a huge supporter of Indie filmmakers and know how hard and how costly the final product can be. I worked on several as a publicist, crew member, asst. director and even an actor. Please feel free to contact me at Jdelia@acedmagazine.com and keep me in the loop on your future projects.