Color Me Blood Red (1965)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  13 October 1965 (USA)
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A crackpot artist kills various people to use their blood as his new crimson red color for his paintings.


(as Herschell G. Lewis)


(as Herschell G. Lewis)
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Complete credited cast:
Gordon Oas-Heim ...
Adam Sorg (as Don Joseph)
Candi Conder ...
April Carter
Elyn Warner ...
Pat Finn-Lee ...
Sydney (as Patricia Lee)
Jerome Eden ...
Scott H. Hall ...
Jim Jaekel ...
Iris Marshall ...
Mrs. Carter
William Harris ...
Gregorovich (as Bill Harris)
Cathy Collins ...


An eccentric artist is panned by a well-known critic at his opening for not having a good color sense, so he starts a new series, using his own blood to paint. Soon he is weakened and must find other sources of blood to continue his paintings. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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13 October 1965 (USA)  »

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Color Me Red  »

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$50,000 (estimated)

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Filmed and completed in early 1964, but remained on the shelf for over a year over production, editing, and sales release issues after producer David F. Friedman terminated his business partnership with director Herschell Gordon Lewis. See more »


Gigi takes off her shoes to wade out in the pond to the watercycle. But in the next shot as she gets on the watercycle, her shoes are back on. See more »


Sydney: I guess I won't take up painting for a while.
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Those bloody artists!
8 April 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

"Color me Blood Red" completes the infamous Blood-trilogy by the even more infamous director Hershell Gordon Lewis and, although my least favorite film of the three, it's another silly entertaining and smutty gore classic. Don't look for many film-making qualities here, as the story is rather unoriginal (imitating Roger Corman's 1959 "Bucket of Blood"), the acting is unspeakable and – especially compared to "Two Thousand Maniacs" – it's clumsily edited together. Good old Lewis brings the art of finger painting to a whole new dimension here, when mentally unstable artist Adam Sorg discovers that the blood of his girlfriend's cut finger supplies him with the exact right shade of red he needs for his macabre paintings. He's going to need more, of course, and thus he kills her as well as various other models in order to complete his masterful art gallery exhibits. I spotted LESS gore than in the previous two Blood-trilogy films, still there are some effectively nauseating scenes, most notably the one where Sorg literally squeezes all the blood out of one his victims' intestines. Other than the gore, there are the hilariously inept dialogues and the complete lack of context to enjoy. If you're not into The Godfather of Gore's work, however, this will just seem like a mindless and sadistic trash-movie.

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