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Blood Feast – The Arrow Video Blu Review

Review by Roger Carpenter

If you are a horror movie aficionado then no introduction is needed for Blood Feast, nor to the films of Herschel Gordon Lewis in general. But just in case you’ve never heard of this pioneering no-budget epic, here’s a quick synopsis. Blood Feast is the story of an Egyptian caterer, Fuad Ramses, who is into the dark arts and has a need for human body parts. It just so happens a series of gruesome killings of young women around town are occurring. Detective Thornton, along with the help of the beautiful and unwitting Suzette Fremont, try to solve the case before every young co-ed in town disappears. Blood Feast was a sensation when it was first released to the grindhouse/drive-in circuit in 1963. Over the years it became the stuff of legend to horror fans everywhere with Fangoria magazine praising Lewis’ films in its pages,
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Blood Feast

Blood Feast


Arrow Video

1963 / Color /1.85 / Street Date October 9, 2017

Starring Mal Arnold, Connie Mason

Cinematography by Herschell Gordon Lewis

Written by A. Louise Downe (Ghostwritten by Lewis)

Produced by David F. Friedman, Herschell Gordon Lewis

Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

1963’s Blood Feast, the infamous gorefest from director Herschell Gordon Lewis, is a pox on our culture; grossly stupid, comically inept and depressingly nihilistic. A perfect film for 2017.

Lewis’s movie was released the same year that Patsy Cline and John Kennedy died, George Wallace turned away black students from an Alabama college and Martin Luther King was jailed in Birmingham. Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique and Sam Cooke recorded ”A Change Is Gonna Come”. In an already fractured country, those seismic shifts only deepened the decades-old divide along the Mason-Dixon line.

Meanwhile, in southernly states from Mississippi to Florida, Lewis and his production partner David Friedman were busy
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Director Herschell Gordon Lewis Dead at 87 – The “Godfather of Gore”

Herschell Gordon Lewis is the man who put red meat into the American cinematic diet. Ultimately Herschell made Quentin Tarantino possible.” – Joe Bob Briggs

Herschell Gordon Lewis’ masterpiece Blood Feast (1963) was the stomach churning movie by “The Godfather of Gore” that opened the floodgates to the countless blood and slasher movie that followed since its release over fifty years ago. Blood Feast was a midnight movie drive-In mainstay for years. No Punches were pulled and no organs left inside in Blood Feast. This film was a true classick in every sense of the word. Remember this was the mid 60’s folks. Sure the effects were cheap & fake, but the bad intentions were there from the get go. Gotta love that Mr. Lewis. 2,000 Maniacs, The Wizard Of Gore, The Gore-gore Girls, and Color Me Blood Red – he cranked ’em out with no shame. That crazy Egyptian Fuad Ramese and his fowl deeds kept gorehounds,
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10 Sexiest Women In Exploitation Cinema

Exploitation cinema may be scorned as “prurient drivel” by people who are not acquainted with it. The very term “exploitation” summons up all sorts of images of naked women, women in peril, women being abused. There is this element in the realms of exploitation but there is so much more to the treatment of women, who can find a power in their sexuality.

Exploitation has always used sexy women to attract an audience. Consider the case of Hg Lewis’ Blood Feast – the film that brought gore to the big screem way back in 1963. Lewis was astute enough to cast Connie Mason – a Playboy model – in his film and largely marketed the movie around her presence which put bums on seats and popcorn in mouths.

Exploitation movies are usually only as good as their leading ladies, especially in the realm of sexploitation where the actresses have to be stunning to look
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The Godfather of Gore back to Soak our Screens

Herschell Gordon Lewis introduced the world to gore the likes that had not been seen on screen before, and on September 27th Image Entertainment and Something Weird unleash the documentary The Godfather of Gore on DVD.

“Featuring interviews with cast, crew and critics such as director John Waters, drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs and Herschell Gordon Lewis himself, The Godfather of Gore traces Lewis’ start in the innocent bare-naked world of “Nudie Cuties” before he shocked the world with Blood Feast, the first-ever gore film! Lewis then continued to assault audiences with such audacious shockers as She-Devils on Wheels, Blast-Off Girls, Just for the Hell of It, Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Gruesome Twosome, The Gore Gore Girls, and the incredible Wizard of Gore! Packed with tons of clips, rare outtakes, and testimony from the people who were there, Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore will leave you laughing
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A double serving of Herschell Gordon Lewis on both DVD & Blu-Ray

Herschell Gordon Lewis

The Godfather of Gore You mention the name Herschell Gordon Lewis to any longtime horror fan and everyone instantly knows who he is. He is the inventor of splatter cinema. He is the director who had the conviction to bring horror movie gore to theater screens. A whole generation and then the generation after that have all been influenced by this legendary filmmaker. Love him or hate him, there is no denying his impact on horror cinema. Fans of this prolific director are in for a treat with a DVD and Blu-Ray being released this September!

Image Entertainment and Something Weird invite you on an outrageous ride through the blood-soaked world of a legendary filmmaker! Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather Of Gore DVD And The Blood Trilogy Blu-ray™ The Godfather of Gore Features Never-Before-Seen Interviews and Rare Footage; Blood Trilogy Blu-ray™ Special Edition Features Remastered Audio and
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Official Artwork and Specs: The Blood Trilogy and Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

Herschell Gordon Lewis. His name alone is synonymous with all things violent, gory, and fun. For you millions of fans of his worldwide, we have the skinny on the upcoming Blood Trilogy Blu-ray as well as the official DVD release of Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore. Oh, yes. Today is a good day.

From the Press Release

He’s been hailed as a visionary and as a provocateur. His films have legions of fans and just as many detractors. In 1963 he introduced stunned audiences to a new kind of cinema with Blood Feast – and in the process single-handedly launched “splatter cinema.” He is writer/director Herschell Gordon Lewis, and he is truly the “Godfather of Gore.” On September 27, 2011, Image Entertainment and Something Weird pay homage to a true cinematic legend with the DVD release of Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore and the high definition premieres of grindhouse classics Blood Feast,
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Atlanta's Buried Alive Film Festival Unearthed This Weekend

Film festivals have for many years been a staple of most serious film fans’ experience. They are a great way to see a host of obscure and hard to find films and to see them gloriously displayed on the big screen. A lot of film festivals though tend to show the same old thing despite their venue and location differences. However, in Atlanta, Ga, there is a truly inspired festival called The Buried Alive Film Festival which is scheduled for November 12 & 13 at the historic Plaza Theater.

Bigger and better than ever, this year’s Buried Alive Film Festival is being sponsored by Fangoria magazine and the forthcoming American Horrors TV show and will screen five features – four of them Southeast premieres – and over 30 stunning short films from around the world.

The 2010 event also marks the first Us festival appearance of multiple award-winning British filmmaker, Ashley Thorpe, the first Southeastern appearance
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FanTasia 2010: Herschell Gordon Lewis – The Godfather of Gore Review

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Herschell Gordon Lewis films are often far from from great films but they helped define a unique time in American exploitation cinema and films such as Blood Feast or The Wizard of Gore helped break new ground in what could be seen in film. In Herschell Gordon Lewis – The Godfather of Gore Frank Henenlotter and Jimmy Maslon, aided by interviews with Lewis himself, John Waters, Joe Bob Briggs and others, investigate the films of Lewis and the stories behind their production.

Herschell Gordon Lewis’ career began with a handful of films that fitted within a genre often described as nudie cutie pictures. These were films that featured a lot of female nudity but had a light-hearted tone and no actual sex scenes. After having a pretty decent hit with one such nudie cutie, The Adventure of Lucky Pierre in 1961, Lewis’ next significant foray into exploitation was also his first move
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A Conversation with the Wizard of Gore: H.G. Lewis!

  • Fangoria
In another unpublished interview from the archives, Australian contributor Lee Gambin sits down for a little one-on-one with Herschell Gordon Lewis - a Fango fav, and always a source of great conversation. This interview has been abridged for posting here.

Lee Gambin/Fangoria: What initially got you stated in the movie making business?

H.G. Lewis: I owned a commercial film studio in Chicago, including 35mm movie equipment. The big advertising agencies were sending all the important and profitable jobs to California. One day I was complaining about this, and a friend asked, "How do you make any money in your business?" I answered sardonically without thinking: "The only way to make money in the movie business is to make features." That, like a virus, took hold in my brain.

What attracted you to gore and the 'splatter' picture?

As an independent with limited financial and distributional resources, the challenge
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