I am so guilty of putting thousands of movies in my watch list but never getting around to watching them. I know a lot of you can relate. I get so mad at myself when I finally go to watch a movie that has just been sitting there for so long and I end up loving it. I think to myself, “Damn, I could have been loving this movie all this time!” This is exactly what happened with the movie Eat. Disclaimer: If you are actually getting ready to eat something while reading this review, you’ve been warned!
Written and directed by Jimmy Weber, Eat was released July 5th, 2014. It currently holds a 4.9 rating on IMDb.com and a 33% on Rotten Tomatoes. I don’t know why I continue to look at and give out these numbers because it’s not like I take them into consideration. However, if it’s on your watch list and you end up loving it, that number could get a little bit higher!
Official synopsis of Eat:
Novella McClure is like most struggling actresses in Los Angeles: she’s in her early 30s, her fake name sounded cooler ten years ago and she hasn’t landed a role in three years. To top it all off, she’s developed a disturbing habit of eating her own flesh. Novella desperately tries to hide her strange condition from her motherly landlord, Eesha, and somewhat psychopathic best friend, Candice, but her body and mind continue to deteriorate in the depressing world of failed auditions and sketchy night clubs. Can a romantic relationship with her psychiatrist prevent her from self destruction? Or will her fatal habit continue to eat away at her?
I really had no idea what I was getting myself into with Eat. While watching, I was completely entangled in this world of Novella, played by the lovely Meggie Maddock. Some of the other acting felt a little corny and not up to par with her, but overall, that would really be my only complaint. The film has such an interesting take on a eating disorder. Eat is by far the most bloody, gory, cover-my-eyes, cringeworthy movies I have seen in years! This film was obviously made before 2016’s Neon Demon, but in my opinion, Eat certainly gives it a run for its money!
I don’t know what it is lately, but I seem to be drawn to movies that deal with real life issues such as body image. Maybe it’s not just me. It could be that filmmakers – especially Jimmy Weber – see how relevant these types of issues are and are bringing out real life horror in a different form of art. I think this indie flick is one for the books. I don’t know if my stomach could stand to watch it again but I believe it has earned a spot in my collection! If you are a gorehound horror movie lover, you will “eat” this movie up!