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Blood Feast (1963)

 -  Horror  -  6 July 1963 (USA)
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An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective try to track him down.

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Complete credited cast:
William Kerwin ...
Det. Pete Thornton (as Thomas Wood)
Mal Arnold ...
Connie Mason ...
Lyn Bolton ...
Scott H. Hall ...
Frank, police captain
Christy Foushee ...
Trudy Sanders (as Toni Calvert)
Ashlyn Martin ...
Marcy, girl on beach
Astrid Olson ...
Motel Victim
Sandra Sinclair ...
Pat Tracey
Gene Courtier ...
Tony, boy on beach
Louise Kamp ...
Janet Blake / Sacrificial Victim
Hal Rich ...
Hospital Doctor
Al Golden ...
Dr. Flanders
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Egyptian caterer busies himself collecting body parts from young maidens in order to bring Ishtar, an ancient goddess of good and evil back to life. When he has prepared enough parts for the ceremony, he hypnotizes a woman giving an engagement party for her daughter, at which he plans to perform the ancient rites of summons, using the daughter as his final sacrifice. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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caterer | goddess | police | ishtar | rite | See All (115) »

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A Weird, Grisly Ancient Rite Horrendously Brought To Life In Blood Color See more »

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6 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Egyptian Blood Feast  »

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$24,500 (estimated)

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$4,000,000 (USA)
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Was filmed in Miami in only nine days and cost just under $25,000 (some sources say $60,000) and earned back millions for its creator and associates. See more »

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When Fuad Ramses is in his shop with the letter from Trudy Sanders, it is obvious that the envelope was not sealed (or even closed) before he 'opens' it with the letter opener. See more »

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Radio Announcer: [voice] And now, some tragic local news. We have a report of another murder tonight. A young girl has been found dead in Rogers Park. The body was badly mutilated. Because of these murders, the police request that all women stay inside their homes after dark. If you must go out, please have someone accompany you. Keep your door locked.
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A Veritable Feast For the Eyes....of sorts
4 September 1999 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Blood Feast by H. G. Lewis was the first splatter film ever made, and it changed the path of the horror film forever. Its importance, whether good or bad, is undeniable. The film is in many ways the very essence of amateurishness. I do not believe I have ever seen a film where no one...and I mean no one...had ANY acting ability. For me, the only one that comes closest is Mal Arnold as the Egyptian caterer Fuad Ramses. These people cannot laugh, cry, scream, or even speak with any degree of credibility at all. I mean you would have to train people to get results like this if you had wanted them to be like this in the first place. I can only think that maybe with the leads being so poor...the other actors had no inspiration. The direction is not a great deal better...but then the film was made in 9 days. The script is silly and filled with lamentable dialogue where every facet of the plot must be explained and re-explained. What then does this "classic" have going for it? Well, it is fun to watch. It will make you laugh at its unreal gore and its poor acting and direction. The gore is a given and it is abundant....bright red dapples and drapes the bodices of many victimized girls...all of which I might point out are very easy on the eyes...another plus for male viewers. The music, created by Lewis, is surprisingly very good and stylish, helping create the mood and pacing of the film. All in all, I recommend seeing Blood Feast for its ineptitude and the laughs it will derive. If you are a fan of horror, it is a must see to satisfy your curiosity of what caused the change from good horror stories to graphic horror films. The answer lies with Blood Feast.


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