The last time that I checked, The Ward was a total suckfest of a movie so, marketing your next horror release by associating yourself with a failure isn’t exactly a high selling point for audiences. The psychological horror Dark Feed comes from the screenwriters behind the John Carpenter flop, giving horror fans a body of work that feels more like an extended episode of Masters of Horror rather than a legitimately terrifying film.
Dark Feed follows a film crew as they experience weird occurrences on location at a closed-down mental hospital. Eventually, the evil that lurks inside the walls begins to feed off of the individuals and take over, causing people to behave strangely. Sound familiar? That’s because the scenario has been done before in films like Grave Encounters and Session 9, and done with better results.
What Dark Feed lacks in comparison to previous films with a similar plot – other than an original story – is that its characters and dialogue are painfully lame and one-dimensional. At least when Grave Encounters made jokes and poked fun of the genre, it was actually funny; whereas, Dark Feed felt like a bunch of college frat boys were sitting around and just writing things off of the top of their heads, giggling to each other about it.
Along with the poor dialogue and pointless conversations in the film, Dark Feed doesn’t have any depth to it that will prompt you to question the things that you saw, or question the people involved. Session 9 on the other hand, takes the audience through the character’s minds and makes you like and care for them, and it makes you wonder if the individuals involved were actually mentally unstable all along or if the location was responsible. None of that occurs in Dark Feed, and it’s hard to even remember a single character’s name.
Without an underlying message in the film, Dark Feed seems as though it has no purpose and that its sole intent was just to provide gore and scares. Although, the film did have a few cringe-worthy scenes, such as a character placing her hand in a blender and another character stapling her eyelid, those things weren’t enough to make the movie stand out as a whole. In fact, a few other scenes, as well as the atmosphere, made the movie feel eerily similar to the House on Haunted Hill remake.
Overall, without any connection to the characters it was hard to develop any emotional response to the film. The plot and the movie’s location aren’t unique enough to make it stand up against past films that have done similar storylines, and done them better. All of the elements of the film felt like a jumbled mess without any payoff. Yes, there was an ending; however, throughout the film, there was no real flow that made you feel as though the movie was on a track to an actual destination.
If one finds themselves watching a movie and checking the clock to see how long they’ve been watching it, and cringing at the discovery that only ten minutes have passed, chances are that the movie isn’t going to be good. Unfortunately, Dark Feed didn’t provide an entertaining viewing experience; rather it gave a boring and unoriginal film unworthy of watching.