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Blood Feast [DVD]

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  • 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)
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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.

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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.

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One of the earliest video nasties I used to own this on vhs not the best but like me and you have to have it for your collection then it's a must
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By Billy on 7 Mar. 2016
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Good film delivered on time
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Commonly regarded as the world's first ever gore movie, Blood Feast broke all taboos when released to an unsuspecting drive thru crowd way back in 1963. Directed by the guru of gore himself H.G. Lewis and produced by his long time partner David F Friedman who was more famous for his nudie cuties than anything else. The movie tells the story of Fuad Ramses played by Mal Arnold a sinister Egyption caterer who is asked to prepare an authentic Egyption feast by the mother of a young female college student.

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.
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Back in the dark days of the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher's stern and puritanical government decided that badly made low-budget horror movies were interfering with the British public's ability to maintain a stiff upper lip, and promptly banned them all. They became popularly known as "video nasties" and VHS copies of the best (or worst) of them became much sought after in the UK.

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.
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I very rarely write reviews but i felt i had to for this film.It definately falls into the cate"gory" of so bad it's good.the acting is laughable,so is the script and Scott H Hall reading his lines from the palm of his hand (he's not even hiding the fact he is doing so) is downright hilarious.
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.
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A disturbed lunatic kills young women and takes parts of there body in preparation for his planned up coming Egyptian feast.

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.
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