31 Days of Horror Kicks Off With the First Gore Film: ‘Blood Feast’ (NSFW: Gore)

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There was a time when horror films relied solely on atmospheric dread and suspense. Even the most frightening Alfred Hitchcock film seems relatively tame by comparison – Frenzy excluded – to the grotesque, gore-driven horror of the past 40 years. Nowadays there are gorehounds, those who garner their thrills from extreme cinema violence. The subgenre of gore horror had to emerge from somewhere and to understand its roots one must look no further than 1963’s Blood Feast. “Nothing so appalling in the annals of horror!” the posters proclaimed, in startling “blood color.” Directed by the “Godfather of Gore,” Herschell Gordon Lewis, Blood Feast is a no-budget Z-grade movie, produced by schlockmeister David F. Friedman. Cheesy effects, bad acting, and questionable editing are all prevalent, but the film survives because it’s so unabashedly weird for its era – the true forefather to shock cinema.

A mad caterer, Fuad Ramses (Mal Arnold), goes around killing young women in order to prepare an ancient Egyptian feast for the goddess of Ishtar. In preparation for a party for Suzette Fremont (Connie Mason), her mother, Dorothy (Lyn Bolton), hires Fuad to prepare an Egyptian feast. Fuad goes around amassing cuts of prime meat for the feast. Meanwhile, Detective Pete Thornton (William Kerwin billed as Thomas Wood) is on the trail of the madman, learning more about the murderous cult of Ishtar along the way.

While the film isn’t exactly Oscar material, it survived the ages because of its enthusiastic fans, including John Waters and the punk band The Cramps, whose I Ain’t Nothin’ But A Gorehound is an homage to works Gordon Lewis. Blood Feast is the first of the Blood Trilogy – Two Thousand Maniacs! and Color Me Blood Red being the others. I haven’t seen Blood Feast in years. My last viewing came at the New Beverly Cinema with a slightly faded 35mm print. The entire trilogy is available on a single blu-ray by Something Weird Video – who got their name from another Herschell Gordon Lewis film. Having retired from filmmaking following 1972’s The Gore Gore Girls, Herschell Gordon Lewis returned to make a sequel, Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat. The sequel is entertaining enough, featuring a cameo by John Waters, but there’s a self-awareness that kind of diminishes the film compared to the original. One thing is certain, if you only see Blood Feast once, it is impossible to forget.

 

 

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