Famine (2011) (Movie Review)
Director: Ryan Nicholson
Where to get it: Plotdigger Films
Two years after a high-school prank involving flesh-eating acid nearly kills popular teacher Mr. Balszack, the graduating class of Sloppy Secondary holds a ’24-Hour Famine’ charity event on school grounds. But there’s an uninvited guest at this event, masquerading as the school’s handyman mascot, and he’s got an insatiable hunger of his own. The power’s cut, the doors and windows are chained shut, and now it’s not just cheerleaders who are getting nailed! Has Mr. Balszack come back for revenge? Is his sad tale just a cover for a brand-new psycho? Can the Nailer be stopped before the whole Class of 2011 goes six feet under?
Ryan Nicholson is a director that can do a whole lot with very little. His slasher, Gutterballs, was an awesome and unique slasher film that gave you all you wanted and then some. His recent offering, Famine, is a long way from Gutterballs. The films promises a body count that it doesn’t even reach and while most of Ryan’s films are known for their graphic nature and violence this one was tame. Most of the kills here are off screen. It all just makes for a massive disappointment all around for fans of this director who waited to see this. One look at the cover art shows that we at least do have a cool looking killer in the Nailer, but things pretty much start and end there. Most of the time characters in these films are intended to be disliked but these were nearly unwatchable. I won’t blame that on the actors themselves, I believe they acted just how they were told to act. But this film never finds a balance with its characters and never gives one single reason to care. And when I say that I mean we have no reason to care about the move not just the characters.
So we have a cool looking killer and we have some hot women that right there pretty much sums up the positives. The women may be hot but in the case of Famine they may be better enjoyed watching with the sound down. The movie also gives us a terrible twist ending that you can not only predict but get the notion that it was just tossed in for the sake of having a twist. I’m not sure at what point Ryan Nicholson turned into M. Night Shyamalan but it’s a sad development. We end up with a Ryan Nicholson film here that doesn’t have anything we love about Ryan Nicholson films. This movie doesn’t have anything going on that makes it redeemable and it hurts me to say that. This may be one of the worse movies I’ve seen this year.