It was to be a nice Thanksgiving for Jordan (Emily Letts), the first
one since she has had her baby - and since she's separated from the baby's
father (Clayton Michael), she has brought her best friend Paige (Nadia
Kamil) along to party with her and her family ... which might not have
been the best choice, since Paige and Jordan's brother Joel (Gabriel
Caste) have an on-again-off-again thing going on that's sure to cause some
awkward situations. And the whole thing's made even more awkward since
Joel has invited Bob (Doug Perkins), who's madly in love with Jordan, but
she ... at best likes him. Now Bob isn't the best guy to bring to a
Thanksgiving dinner in the first place because of his poultry allergy.
Then there's of course dad (Bruce Jennings), who has the talent of making
everyone feel awkward, and his new wife Barbara (Janet Chiarabaglio), whom
Jordan is meeting for the first time only now. However, all those present
try to overcome their differences ... by drinking quite a bit of beer.
Thing is, things are soon starting to feel slightly off, and it hasn't got
anything to do with the family being slightly disfunctional, and then
Paige goes missing, later Joel as well - and the others start wondering if
the neighbouring hillbilly family led by local butcher Ned (Jay Wesley
Cochran) aren't actually cannibals, if the beef they've bought at the
butchery instead of turkey isn't actually human flesh, if the flesh hasn't
been drugged, and if they're not actually responsible for the
disappearances of Paige and Joel. And when the hillbilly neighbours show
up on the premises, it seems a cat-and-mouse game is to begin ...
ok, Buzzard Hollow Beef is a film that really takes its time to
build up its story, and there's very little action or even creepiness in
the first half of the movie - which isn't as bad as it sounds, as the
whole thing is populated by fleshed-out, relateable and interesting
characters whose interactions are amusing enough to watch to keep one
glued to the screen - but once the horror aspects do set in, the whole
thing becomes a proper mindfuck, and it's safe to say it doesn't end in
nearly the way you expect it to. And from a directorial point of view this
is supported by an understanding of when to be subtle and when to go for
the jugular. Plus, a competent set of actors don't hurt either.
cool mindfuck of a movie actually!