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