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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.

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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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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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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)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Producer David F. Friedman came up with some very effective publicity stunts for "Blood Feast" which included giving theater goers vomit bags reading "You may need this when you see 'Blood Feast'" and obtaining an injunction against the film in Sarasota, Florida, which of course only generated more interest in the film. 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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The granddaddy of gore
1 September 2003 | by macabro357See all my reviews

This is where it all started. And it's also the first of what's known as Herschell Gordon Lewis' "blood trilogy" of gorefests.

Yeah the acting's terrible. Yes, the special effects are awful and yeah, it looks like it was filmed on a shoestring budget, but that's what makes this thing so great! (laughs)

A series of young women are slaughtered in Miami by a local crackpot named Faud Ramses (Mal Arnold). He only takes one part of the woman's body each time by cutting off a leg or a heart or using a machete and cutting out a woman's brains on a dark Miami beach and leaves the local police (led by Bill Kerwin) baffled and clueless.

Ramses is also the local, exotic caterer who uses these woman's body parts to serve his customers without them knowing about it. And that includes a party thrown by Kerwin's girlfriend's (played by 1963 Playboy Playmate, Connie Mason) mother. Connie looks better here than she later did in TWO THOUSAND MANIACS.

The Something Weird DVD uses a crisp master print taken from the original negative. It's real clean without any scratches or damage. The sound is as good as can be expected from the original mono source. It also has 45 minutes of rare outtakes that that are almost as interesting as the film itself with topless scenes that weren't shown in the film.

It also includes a short industrial film starring Kerwin and Harvey Korman (yes, that Harvey Korman) called "Carving Magic" that was done around the same time as this film. We learn the fine art of 'meat' carving so I guess it's supposed to tie into the irony of this film, right?

This is camp as it's best, folks. (laughs)

7 out of 10


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