At first, the movie seems intriguing: interesting characters in a potentially dangerous situation, goes after the missing girlfriend of one of them. After she is not seen in the bathroom of a roadside rest stop, which all of them went for a break, and are nowhere to be seen, the four friends go after a group of deranged motorcyclists, which have been earlier in the same place, suspecting them to be behind the kidnaping. After intimidating the gang of four outlaws with weapons, they became disappointed after discovering their friend was not with the bikers. Ordering them to go out in the desert, one member of the group cuts the fuel of the motorcycles and the van that belongs to the gang, in an attempt to prevent them from being persecuted by the dangerous outlaws. Following a trace that leads them to a supposedly abandoned city in the middle of the desert, they continue their search for their missing friend, but aren’t able to find her.
Rapidly, they split to cover the area in their search. Soon, one of them is caught by a mysteriously hooded figure, and the unity of the group starts to disintegrate. It becomes apparent that something very wrong hides behind this apparent ghostly town, where nothing is what it seems. Meanwhile, the bikers are back on the road, after the group, seeking revenge.
Despite the intriguing premise, the movie is boring, and after a few minutes, it becomes so still that appears to be frozen. When the most dangerous and tense part of the movie starts, absolutely nothing interesting happens, with some scenes being way longer than what should be. All that goes from this point onwards is monotonous cliché, and nothing relevant happens, whatsoever. Eventually, you realize that all villagers use hoods in their heads, so their faces can never be seen. Afterwards, when a body is being chopped up, you understand this people are cannibals. Wow… how original!
With a story set in the seventies, the movie tries to capture an atmosphere in the style of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, being apparent the influence of this movie, given some similarities in the plot. Eaters, though, being a generic derivative, hardly matches their predecessor.
A little plagued by bad acting – one of the “dangerous” bikers was more like a drunk rock star than a criminal, with his long hair being obviously a wig – in the end the question “why in the world had I waste my time seeing this” will inevitably come up to your mind.
In the end, Eaters is a boring and dull movie. The sad part is that its cohesive beginning and interesting premise, as well as characters that appears potentially convincing at first, can fool you, to see this waste to the end. Unfortunately, this happens to be just another low budget horror flick, that doesn’t deserve your time. One star is all that I can give to this movie.