Food and body issues are the common teenage issues running through A Banquet, and let's face it, both being a teenage girl, and being the parent of a teenage girl, can have their moments of outright horror in the best of families.
But this family has things a little rougher. After the gruesome death of her husband, Holly Hughes is left to raise their two teenage daughters alone. After a possibly supernatural experience in the woods during a party, eldest daughter Betsey stops eating, becoming violently ill if she even tries. But this isn't teenage anorexia, as Betsey is not losing any weight despite her zero calorie diet. She says it's all part of her "higher purpose" and the coming end of the word. Is it true? Or is she crazy?
Honestly, by the end of it, I really had no idea. The ending is a bit of a head-scratcher. But it kept me engaged, and I'm not sure any other movie has made normally delicious meals looks so menacing.
I watched A Banquet on Shudder.