- Actors: Thomas Wood, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Scott H. Hall, Lyn Bolton
- Directors: Herschell Gordon Lewis
- Producers: Herschell Gordon Lewis, David F. Friedman, Stanford S. Kohlberg
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Odeon
- DVD Release Date: 13 Jun. 2005
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00081MX56
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,283 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Blood Feast [DVD]
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First in Herschell Gordon Lewis' 'blood trilogy'. Egyptian caterer Fuad Ramses (Mal Arnold) is collecting the body parts of young women in order to resurrect Ishtar, an ancient goddess. When he is hired by Mrs Fremont (Lyn Bolton) to provide the dainties at her daughter's (Connie Mason) engagement party, Ramses hypnotizes her and makes a bid to complete his grisly task.
A shocking drive-in sensation when released in 1963, Blood Feast remains a milestone in the exploitation genre. A serial killer is on the loose; women are being killed and body parts are being stolen; the police are stumped (so to speak). Meanwhile, Egyptmania seems to be gripping this small Florida town. Fuad Ramses' "exotic catering" shop is doing a booming business and his book, Ancient Weird Religious Rituals, is being studied by the local book club. Is there a connection between Ramses and the murders? Of course! In this film by the wizard of gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis, plot and suspense take a back seat to the gruesome and bloody murder scenes. The acting may not be very good, the script is weak at best and the effects don't hold up to later standards of Hollywood gore, but there is an infectious enthusiasm that comes through Lewis' desire to shock his audience. The exploitation elements may be dated but that only makes them all the more entertaining. Blood Feast was followed (in what would come to be known as Lewis' "blood trilogy") by Two Thousand Maniacs! and Color Me Blood Red. --Andy Spletzer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Fuad Ramses takes it upon himself to limp from playboy bunny to playboy bunny brutally murdering and stealing various body parts to please the blood god Ishtar and cook up a mouth watering blood feast for his customer.
Ramses is pursued by two surpremely incompetent detectives one of whom was played by the ever perspiring Thomas Wood AKA Bill Kerwin who was a regular in H.G. Lewis movies. There isn't a lot to the plot but it is great fun if you enjoy this sort of trash like I do. Filmed in only 9 days with a budget of only $24,500 it is amazing it has survived in such glorious condition. There is a memorable ending involving the Florida garbage disposal department. Good riddance to bad rubbish that's what I say!
The R1 Something Weird Video release is the only way to go with this movie! The picture quality for a film made over 45 years ago is nothing short of sensational. Framed at it's original aspect ratio of 1:33.1 it looks at times as if it could have been made yesterday! There is no mention on the DVD where they obtained this print from but Id be surprised if a better one exists anywhere! The original English Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack is included and sounds as good as one could expect. There is a lively audio commentary track with H.G.Read more ›
This is one of the oldest and most notorious of the nasties, directed (if that's the right word) by HG Lewis, who pretty much started the whole gore/splatter movie genre single handed, way back in 1963. I love this film even though it has to be said that most people would probably walk several miles to avoid seeing it. "Bloodfeast" is definitely in the "so bad it's good" category as well as being in seriously poor taste. It's basically an exploitation movie aimed at the teenage drive-in audience of the time, with the added ingredients of serial killing/mutilation, countless gallons of fake blood, and one very large tongue....
It was obviously made on a shoestring budget: the camerawork, "special effects" and "musical" soundtrack are all extremely poor, and as if that wasn't bad enough, the plot and dialogue are (to put it mildly) also very weak and the "acting" is absolutely hopeless.
The movie stars Playboy playmate Connie Mason as a student called Suzette who has a fascination for ancient Egypt. It begins with a radio news item about murders of young women in Suzette's small American town, and we soon discover the weird looking culprit - a deranged Egyptian cultist who also owns an "exotic" catering company and goes by the unlikely name of Fuad Ramses.Read more ›
BUT considering this was made in 1963 and was the first ever "gore" movie it set the bar quite high as it was ahead of it's time,there is lots of on screen blood and gruesome bits and the running time (brutally short at 67 minutes) is actually just right as it doesn't slow down the film and doesn't make it boring.
To finish then,I absolutley loved this film and was delighted i bought it to go with my other horror films and the price you can get it for now it's a steal.
Watch and enjoy.
Herschell Gordon Lewis' 1963 film maybe historically important in the history of horror/gore films but it really is a struggle to get through. Almost totally inept on every level, acting is of primary school standard (even that maybe stretching it a bit), writing is very poor and although it was his first major effort Lewis doesn't inspire much with his static approach. Atmosphere, tension or god forbid suspense are also nowhere to be seen, however one bonus point for the film is surprisingly the effects, while a little primitive are still effective and squirm inducing. Overall due to it's very low production values and poor acting it can be very tough to get through however fans of splatter/gore horror film should give this landmark a watch. On the very 1st video nasty list in 1983 just shows that the DPP had a unwelcome gift for it's 20th anniversary a banning.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the very first if not first splatter movies and that means a lot if you're a horror fan and a lover of the red stuff. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Colonel Decker
As a serious film, it is awful, but as a 'z-grade' bad movie, it is wonderfulPublished 20 months ago by Susan Foreman
In 1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis made Blood Feast, it was the first film to show on screen gore in brutal detail and although the film is quite cheesy and the gore effects were far... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2009 by Anthony M Dawson
H.G. Lewis' "Blood Feast" is a party movie - one to watch with friends over a few beers. If you can keep your attention on the screen you'll be rewarded with endless... Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2006 by A. Griffiths
Blood Feast, the brain child of goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis is one of the most important horrible movies ever made. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2004 by Daniel Jolley