Welcome back Scribbler horror fans! It isn’t very often that a film can get under Old Man Feind’s skin making it crawl and writhe in disgust but I found one! It hasn’t happened since the first time I watched The Human Centipede but now I found another film that just creeped me the fuck out! Don’t grab any snacks for this one but it is time to…
Well Scribbler fans it is a damn rare occurrence but Old Man Feind found a film that was actually difficult to watch and not because it was “too scary” or that it sucked. I don’t know why this film got under my skin the way it did but Wow did it ever! It’s been a few years since I found anything that truly disturbed me which is a rare occurrence anyway but it does happen on occasion. It never comes from over the top gore with blood and guts practically splattering out of the screen. No, that shit usually just makes me smile. The first time I watched The Human Centipede I was disturbed, disgusted and smiling because of it and it seems I’ve found another that had a similar effect. Honestly there isn’t anything that scares me unless somehow an axe murderer gets into my house but on special occasions a movie will crawl under my skin and just creep me the fuck out. Eat is one of those films. So I guess I should get on with it and let you know WTF it’s about…
Eat is the story of a slightly past her prime (she’s in her early 30s) struggling actress in LA. Novella McClure (Meggie Maddock) hasn’t scored a part in several months, she is flat broke, unable to pay her rent so is on the verge of eviction and the cupboards are completely bare. She is desperately seeking a part, any part, competing against younger and prettier actresses to do anything other than porn. Free drinks are easy to come by for a good looking woman but what Novella really needs is a few solid meals which are a bit more elusive. If anyone out there has ever been on the outs, desperate for food you’ll be able to relate yes, this Scribbler certainly can. It’s really amazing how long you can go without eating but it does play with your mind as it begins to with Novella.
So poor Novella is starving, out of work and has little hope. She also has a hang nail. We’ve all had a hang nail and we’ve all done exactly what she tries to do, bite it or chew it off. This seems simple enough as I said we’ve all done it at one time or another but Novella’s hang nail just seems persistent. She is on her way to what will probably be another failed audition when she starts chewing her hang nail trying to get rid of it once and for all. This is when things get creepy as fuck. She tries to bite off the hang nail but instead of it just coming off, a strip of skin peels off from her thumb almost all the way to her elbow! Obviously this freaks her out which is a bad thing to happen while you’re driving and she rear ends someone. Arriving home she finds an eviction notice on her door and her already high stress level goes off the deep end. She is so very hungry so she just goes to town on that wicked thumb. Yes, you’ll cringe as I certainly did.
Novella’s landlady, Eesha (Maru Garcia) finds her unconscious so the next thing you know she wakes up in the hospital. They do not realize what she has actually done to herself thinking rather than having eaten her thumb off that she attempted to commit suicide. So now she is broke, starving, on the verge of eviction and on suicide watch. You could say Novella is having the mother of all bad days. She is advised to seek psychological help and only able to leave the hospital as long as someone can stay with her. Her hairdresser best friend Candice (Ali Francis) is there to help but isn’t perhaps the best help as instead of getting her friend a much needed meal it’s Lady’s Night! Free drinks from total douchebags it is which only leads to another cringeworthy moment.
I won’t go on spoiling this one further but needless to say it had me cringing almost all the way through from the point of the accident, which is only 15 or 20 minutes into the film, all the way to the end. Candice saves the two of them from a parking lot rape (after they’re slipped something from their drink buyers) that should have every guy watching holding onto their junk for awhile. It really only gets more cringe-worthy from there as Novella desperately wants a hamburger but her friend is passed the fuck out. She is at the delusional, hallucinogenic stage of hunger and I won’t spoil it but what she does had my skin seriously crawling. Things actually seem to improve momentarily as Novella does seek psychological help and may even have landed a much needed part but don’t get too excited for her as these things don’t exactly turn out as planned.
Don’t worry I haven’t given away the farm here and you really have to see this one and cringe for yourself. I’ve been down and out and gone long periods of time with bare cupboards but I never thought of doing what Novella does in this film. It may sicken or disgust you making you turn it off but you shouldn’t because this is just too awesome to end it early. I really can’t recommend this one enough to all the sick and depraved horror fans out there seeking something a little different, off the beaten path and original. Eat doesn’t follow any tried and true horror formula. There is no group of sex starved young people just waiting to get chopped to bits by a madman. No, this one is for fans of the kind of horror that creeps deep into your brain and sticks with you because as much as you want to, you can’t look away like driving by a bloody accident. I found this one completely by random chance so hopefully I’ve convinced a few of you sickos to check it out. There is no doubt that this one passed The Scribbler Clock Test and with one hand covering my nauseated mouth I can mumble to you that Eat is…
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