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Blood Feast (1963)

Not Rated | | 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 tries to track him down.

Writer:

Allison Louise Downe (screenplay) (as A. Louise Downe)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Kerwin ... Det. Pete Thornton (as Thomas Wood)
Mal Arnold ... Fuad Ramses
Connie Mason ... Suzette Fremont
Lyn Bolton ... Mrs. Dorothy Fremont
Scott H. Hall ... Frank - police captain
Christy Foushee ... Trudy Sanders (as Toni Calvert)
Ashlyn Martin Ashlyn Martin ... Marcy - girl on beach
Astrid Olson Astrid Olson ... Motel Victim
Sandra Sinclair Sandra Sinclair ... Pat Tracey
Gene Courtier Gene Courtier ... Tony - boy on beach
Louise Kamp ... Janet Blake / Sacrificial Victim
Hal Rich Hal Rich ... Hospital Doctor
Al Golden Al Golden ... Dr. Flanders
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Storyline

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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You'll Recoil and Shudder as You Witness the Slaughter and Mutilation of Nubile Young Girls - in a Weird and Horrendous Ancient Rite! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feast of Flesh See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$24,500 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000
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| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In terms of what cars the filmmakers used, they preferred convertibles as they were easier for sound and lighting purposes. See more »

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When Fuad Ramses first victim (opening scenes), is done listening to the news report on her transistor radio, she turns it off by turning the tuning knob. 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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Alternate Versions

The 2001 Tartan Video UK DVD release was cut by the BBFC to remove 23 secs of shots of Ramses's whip hitting the girl in his back room. These were replaced with shots of the statue's head and Ramses's face. The BBFC waived these cuts for the 2005 Odeon DVD issue. See more »

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Referenced in South Park: Woodland Critter Christmas (2004) See more »

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Masterpiece from the Ed Wood of Gore
13 March 2005 | by Doctor_CheeseSee all my reviews

As the first-ever splatter epic, "Blood Feast" is assured of its place in history. This low-budget shlockfest is single-handedly responsible for launching an entire genre of films, including slasher fare like the Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street movies. For that reason, its place in hell is probably assured, too. Though to be fair, of course, we can thank it for so many other blood-soaked cinematic excursions that are actually entertaining.

And fortunately for cheese heads, director Herschell Gordon Lewis, the "Godfather of Gore," is also the Ed Wood of gore. The two great auteurs share many important trademarks in their roster of masterpieces, including wooden acting, absurdly bad dialogue, cheeseball effects, and lousy continuity. "Blood Feast" sports all of these endearing qualities and more, even going so far as to include some Woodian abrupt day-to-night-to-day transitions.

The dopey plot involves one Fuad Ramses, author of the New York Times bestseller "Ancient Weird Religious Practices," and his attempt to re-create, through his ridiculous "exotic catering" service, an authentic Egyptian blood feast, whatever that is. But really, all we need to know is that it involves the gruesome murders of pretty young women. (Surprise, surprise, surprise!) Beyond that, all that's left to say is that the Good Doctor gives this landmark bit of trash cinema two wheels of gorgonzola up.

Followed, insanely, by a sequel in 2002.


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