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Color Me Blood Red (1965)

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

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(original story and screenplay) (as Herschell G. Lewis)
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Gordon Oas-Heim ...
Adam Sorg (as Don Joseph)
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April Carter
Elyn Warner ...
Gigi
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Sydney (as Patricia Lee)
Jerome Eden ...
Rolf
Scott H. Hall ...
Farnsworth
Jim Jaekel ...
Jack
Iris Marshall ...
Mrs. Carter
William Harris ...
Gregorovich (as Bill Harris)
Cathy Collins ...
Mitzi
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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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Color Me Red  »

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Director Herschell Gordon Lewis cited Roger Corman's A Bucket of Blood (1959) as the main inspiration for Color Me Blood Red. See more »

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After blood leaves the body and dries, it turns brown in color. Therefore the amazing red in the paintings would have in reality been brown. See more »

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Sydney: I guess I won't take up painting for a while.
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Final installment in the legendary "Blood Trilogy"

Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman ditched softcorn porn in the early 60's to create a series of gory horror films designed specifically to cater to the increasing demands of the Southern drive-in movie market. The first three of their horror ventures, BLOOD FEAST (1963), 2000 MANIACS (1964) and this feature from 1965 made up what was later to be called their "Blood Trilogy." COLOR ME BLOOD RED is easily the least shocking, least entertaining and least memorable of the bunch, but it does have it's moments...

Adam Sorg (Don Joseph) is a Florida based struggling artist living in a beach house who has not yet been able to break through on the snobbish local art scene. That is, until he stabs his bickering girlfriend and discovers that all his paintings needed were a touch of red...blood red. His new morbid creations suddenly become the craze on the art scene, so he must kill more people for more blood to make more paintings.

Lewis must have really liked "aquacycles," some incredibly slow-moving bikes with floating tires, cause he puts these hilariously dated things in every possible scene. Adam and his girlfriend take a ride on them before he kills her, then a young couple steals them ("Oh, come on! He won't notice!"), prompting Sorg to impale the guy, then kidnap the girl, tie her up in his house, cut open her stomach and squeeze blood out of her guts directly onto a palette!

This film (briefly known as MODEL KILLER) is now noteworthy mainly as a vintage curio, complete with primitive gore FX, dated fashions faux pas and colorful lines of dialogue like "Come out to the patio, daddy-o!"

All in all, a decent watch.


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