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on 23 February 2015
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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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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on 29 September 2015
As a serious film, it is awful, but as a 'z-grade' bad movie, it is wonderful
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on 4 February 2016
Made in the 1960s but still cut.
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on 6 June 2009
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. Lewis and David F Friedman and it is nice to hear them remenice about the production. My personal favourite piece of info was to hear that Robert Sinese who was one of the editors is the father of the Hollywood actor Gary Sinese! There is the original theatrical trailer, some rare out-takes (without their original sound but presented with "a mixture of dialogue and music from H G Lewis films"). We have a gallery of exploitation art and to finish off we have the grisly educational short Carving magic in which Bill Kerwin (of Blood Feast) and Harvey Korman (who played Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles) demonstrate how to slice meat correctly.

Blood Feast was one of the original video nasties in the UK and incidently was the oldest movie on the list of 39 titles banned by the Department of public prosecutions. The only other DVD release I am aware of (although Im sure there are others) is the UKs but is cut by 23 seconds removing the scenes where the girl is whipped by Fuad Ramses. I think there may even be some scene substitution in there as well.
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on 7 March 2016
Good film delivered on time
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on 11 August 2003
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. Suzette's mother decides to hire Fuad to serve up an Egyptian meal for her daughter's upcoming 21st birthday and that's when the fun begins....

Fuad has been preparing an ancient Egyptian "blood feast", whose main aim is to resurrect the goddess Ishtar and whose main ingredients are various body parts of young women (hence the killings). In preparation for Suzette's birthday surprise he not only intensifies his murderfest (and clearly enjoys his work!) but aims to make Suzette his final victim. The resulting gore looks fairly mild by today's standards and is about as unrealistic as it's possible to get, but it comes thick and fast while the tomato ketchup keeps flowing very freely indeed. Fuad's plans are eventually foiled, but not before one completely over the top scene in which a victim has her tongue ripped out, and the fact that the tongue is so huge that it's obviously not human in origin only enhances one of "Bloodfeast's" many moments of accidental greatness.

The movie has been very well transferred to dvd, and this edition also features some great extras: masses of outtakes, commentary from Lewis and producer David Friedman (full of hilarious anecdotes about this and other movies), a quaint film about the joys of carving meat and more....

Encouraged by the success of "Bloodfeast", Lewis soon followed it up with the equally tasteless "2000 Maniacs" and "Colour me blood red" (the three films became known as the "blood trilogy") and if you like "Bloodfeast" you'll enjoy them all. You should check out the "The gore gore girls" too.

CENSORSHIP WARNING: one scene is cut in the UK version.
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on 10 August 2001
At last the UK gets treated to the weird and wonderful world of Herschell Gordon Lewis. The plot to the movie revolves around a quite insane caterer who sets out to prepare a meal, containing ingredients taken from beautiful young girls, as part of a ritual to bring back to life an ancient Egyptian godess.Thats the plot out of the way, now the film itself, much like the work of Ed Wood and Russ Myer, Lewis' films are very low budget and contain dodgy sets and F/X and even dodgier acting and they are all the more brilliant and entertaining for it. The gore although unpleasant is childs play compared to todays standards and is hysterically unrealistic (check out the size of the tongue that gets ripped out). Tartan have to be congratulated on giving these films the treatment they deserve as they are important pieces of film history, without Lewis would there be Craven, Raimi, Carpenter et al. The disc contains trailers for HGL's work an interview with the great man himself as well as trailers for other Tartan releases. The picture is excellent a perfect medium to view the blood drenched action in shocking colour. I would highly recomend this film and 2000 Maniacs to anybody who like horror movies, true film buffs or anyone who just enjoys wonderfully bad movies. I can-t wait for other HGL titles to be released in the future.
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on 21 February 2004
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. The police are clueless, and I do mean clueless; they smoke cigarettes and sit at their desks as hard as they possibly can - heck, the chief even bangs his hand on the desk every now and again - but they just can't come up with a single clue (largely because they can't recognize a clue if it falls on top of them like a ton of bricks). Meanwhile, a wealthy woman is planning for her daughter's birthday celebration and, as a special surprise, she hires Fuad Ramses to cater the party. Ramses promises her an authentic Egyptian feast, and this idea goes over like gangbusters because daughter Suzette just so happens to be attending weekly lectures on ancient Egyptian cults. Suzette also happens to be the girl of one of the town's only two detectives, so you see how all of this starts fitting together.
While the gore is pretty unspectacular from our modern viewpoint, Lewis succeeds quite well at times. We don't actually get to see the actual killings, of course, but there are plenty of shots of our killer pulling out parts of human bodies in his blood-soaked hands, mixing up a batch of young woman blood soup, hacking off limbs and such, and of course cooking such delicacies. Lewis makes a point of admiring his gruesome handiwork, oftentimes panning the camera slowly across the whole body of a mutilated, blood-spattered, thoroughly dead victim. There is one scene in particular that impressed me, involving the appearance of a girl who has a sunken cavity in her chest where her heart used to be. By and large, though, the gore is quite campy to us modern-day horror fans, but one should try to appreciate it in its proper context.
I can't conclude without addressing the performances of the actors and actresses involved with this movie. This may well be the worst assembly of hopeless actors I've ever seen. I don't know where Lewis found these people. You can't just take people off the street and have them perform this badly; it takes years of devoted practice to become this bad a performer. Lewis must have had some of these kids in a bad actor's training camp from the time they could talk in order to coax such wooden, ridiculously bad performances out of them. Then there is the terrible music, which continually takes one of three forms: endless repetition of two drum beats, the playing of a kazoo-like instrument, and terrible pipe organ music of the type that worked well alongside silent movies but does not work at all in this film.
Basically, Blood Feast is a horribly campy, low-budget, sub-B horror movie that now serves as hilarious entertainment which can not be taken the least bit seriously. Were it not for its importance as the first true blood and gore film, this would be just another forgettable trek through the dark forest of bad horror movies. Its historic importance to the genre, however, makes it a film every gorehound must watch and pay homage to in some way.
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on 31 March 2006
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 laughs and some hilarious early attempts at full-on gore. The plot is failry simple - a mad Egyptian shop keeper named Fuad Ramses is trying to ressurrect an ancient goddess, and to do so he needs to make sacrifices of various young women in the local town. For the culmination of the ritual Ramses gets himself hired as caterer to a party being held by the film's heroine Suzette, and he plans to turn her "Egyptian Feast" into the genuine "Blood Feast" of the movies title!
The budget, acting skills and artistic vision of this film are all rock bottom. It stands out as one of the quintessential "so bad it's good" horror flicks of all time. In fact all of H.G. Lewis' horror movies of the 1960's make an unrivalled collection of classic turkeys, but the good news is they really are a lot of fun to watch. Despite any drawbacks of budget or star names, it's clear that Lewis really wants to be in this business, and is having great fun with the material. Blood Feast features mind boggling acting performances from its amateur cast, ranging from the sub-Bela Lugosi drawling evil antics of Fuad Ramses to the wooden and personality bereft Connie Mason who plays Suzette. Everything looks rushed, thrown together or down on the cheap. I can well imagine that every shot seen in the film was the first and only take committed to celluloid! Of course, the film earns it's place in horror history with its lashings of gore, and it dishes it out with relish. Plenty of dismemberment and mutilation litter the film, with a tongue removal earning pride of place is most viewers memories. But it's all done so hammily that you never for a moment think any of it is real. And at a little over an hour's running time, there's no chance for the slower parts of the film to make it outstay it's welcome.
Tartan have done a great service to the UK in releasing nearly all of Lewis splatter movies on DVD at last - but be warned that Blood Feast alone is the one that got subjected to BBFC cuts initially - strange really, when the far more intense "Gore Gore Girls" and "Wizard of Gore" got through intact. Although, according to recent reports, it has now been reclassified again and passed uncut - so make sure you get the right one!
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