Appetites DVD Review
Written by Steven Wood
DVD released by RLJ Entertainment
Directed by Cameron Casey
Written by Darren Bevill and Brennan Freemantle
2015, 116 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on August 4th, 2015
Lauren Parkinson as Daisy
Bret Roberts as John Doe
Chris Cleveland as Det. Frye
Scott Barrows as Bubba
Travis Eberhard as Charlie
Daisy was abused as a child and has turned into a murderous cannibal; John Doe is a psychopath who kills women that have “desecrated” their bodies with tattoos. For these two, it’s love at first sight.
I’m all for a bad move, especially when it comes off serious but falls flat on its face. This is the case for Appetites in a nutshell. There are certain aspects which are genuinely “good”, whereas others are laughable and make you wonder just how this was written and taken seriously by the actors on screen.
This must have been inspired by Natural Born Killers, which is in its own way a dark comedy. But Appetites is no match for that cult classic. The main problem is the acting; on top of that, it isn’t shot very well. A couple of the girls that John Doe kills are porn stars in real life, so the eye candy is definitely there, although the girls may be an acquired taste.
This is where I’m torn. The first 1/3 is really, really bad, mainly because it takes itself too seriously, but then the comedy starts. I don’t think Appetites is meant to be funny, maybe the writing is so terrifically bad, the actors (mainly John Doe) just decided to have a little fun with it. This is somewhat evident as there is a blooper reel during the end credits, which really confused me since the tone of the movie was serious throughout. It’s like seeing a blooper reel at the end of The Green Mile, it just doesn’t fit..
Speaking of the acting, the only person who caught my attention is Bret Roberts, who plays John Doe. He isn’t horrible in the sense of “this guy is a bad actor”, but moreso he plays the character in such a way it’s almost satirical. I’m not sure if that makes any sense, I guess you’d have to see it to know what I’m talking about. Either way, his performance is serious where it needs to be and comical where I assume he thought fit. I can’t speak too kindly about the rest of the cast, so I won’t say anything at all.
Appetites is also pretty violent, and in the practical effects type of way, which I can appreciate. It’s goddamn twisted when you think about what’s actually happening. Daisy and her brother Bubba killed their father when they were younger due to rape and abuse. If that isn’t bad enough, the twisted siblings decide that they will “hunt” people that they capture and bring to their property. After the hunt is completed, Bubba the butcher fixes up a meal in which Jeffrey Dahmer would appreciate. Oh, Bubba also carries the decapitated head of their father, wrapped in Saran wrap.
During damn near the entire film, John and Daisy aren’t aware of each other’s fascination. The scene where John realizes Daisy is downright crazy is probably one of the funniest thing’s I’ve seen in quite some time. John follows Daisy back to her place and to his surprise she is wielding a huge knife and chasing a man. John is curious at first, but when she cuts off the poor sap’s arm and stabs him in the head, John lets out a single tear of joy with an awful look of proudness. Classic.
I’d recommend this to anyone that loves a bad movie trying its hardest to be legit.
Video and Audio:
The quality of the video is decent, to say the least. I actually prefer the “grainy” look over the overly-sharpened quality that a lot of filmmakers prefer.
The audio is subpar since the score sometimes drowns out the dialogue, or maybe the dialogue just needed to be turned up in some cases. There is also a scene towards the end where John Doe’s dialogue is obviously overdubbed, but sadly the audio doesn’t match his mouth.
There aren't any special features.