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Blood Feast [DVD]

3.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00081MX56
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,748 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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Blood Feast, the brain child of goremeister Herschell Gordon Lewis is one of the most important horrible movies ever made. Without question, the movie really, really stinks in more ways than I would have thought possible, but this, ladies and gentlemen, 1963's Blood Feast, gave birth to the blood and gore genre we know and love today. One man, H.G. Lewis, decided he was going to make a statement; he was going to shock people; he was going to give people gore as they had never seen it before; nothing could stop him, not the atrocious script, not the mind bogglingly bad actors, not his insistence to never shoot a scene more than three times no matter how awful it came out, and not the lack of any funds whatsoever; as long as Lewis could afford barrels of Karo syrup, he was happy. Looking back now, it's pretty hard to believe that this level of gore actually shocked people in the early 1960s, but history tells us that it did. Believe me, we've come a long way since then, but it was H.G. Lewis who blazed the trail we tread today.
On the face of it, Blood Feast would seem to have some good things going for it: a catered feast secretly prepared with human blood and body parts, the influence of an ancient Egyptian religious rite, a number of dead bodies, and even a Playboy playmate in the form of Connie Mason (Miss June 1963). Despite all this, though, the movie drops an H bomb from the very first moment. Plot-wise, you have a series of gruesome murders striking fear all over town, with the killer bagging nubile young women at a rate of 3-4 a week. From each victim he takes a different body part (each time it looks like intestines to me, yet it can be an eyeball, an arm, a heart, whatever). The killer needs these "ingredients" so that he can bring the blood-thirsty goddess Ishtar back to life.
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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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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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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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