Bitter Feast

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Bitter Feast
Teaser poster.
Directed by Joe Maggio
Produced by
Written by Joe Maggio
Music by Jeff Grace
Cinematography Michael McDonough
Edited by Seth Anderson
Dark Sky Films
Glass Eye Pix
Distributed by Dark Sky Films
Release dates
  • June 18, 2010 (2010-06-18)
Country United States
Language English

Bitter Feast is an American psychological horror film directed and written by Joe Maggio.[1] It stars James LeGros as a chef pushed over the edge by food critic J.T. Franks' (Joshua Leonard) vicious review. The film also features actors Larry Fessenden, Megan Hilty, and a cameo from real life master chef Mario Batali.[2]


Peter Grey is a successful New York chef, disgruntled by caustic reviews from the food critic J.T. Franks. After Franks' bad review, Grey is fired by his boss Gordon. He kidnaps Franks, takes him to a cabin in the woods, and forces him to cook his own "perfect dinner".



Bitter Feast was directed by Joe Maggio,[3] and it stars James LeGros and Joshua Leonard.[4] The film was shot in New York City and Woodstock.[5] Larry Fessenden produced the film with his company Glass Eye Pix.[6]


The film premiered as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 18, 2010.[7] The DVD was released in October 26, 2010.[8]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 50% of six surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating is 5.2/10.[9] Paul Brunick of The New York Times wrote, "Beyond its creepy back story, the horror in this morally confused and cinematically inert film is entirely nominal."[10] Mark Olsen of The Village Voice wrote, "Zesty fun for its actors, Feast is at once a sly parody of the celebrity-chef culture spawned by all the cable cooking shows and competitions, and a creepy little chamber-piece."[11]


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