Blood Feast (1963 film)

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Cultist Fuad Ramses enthusiastically describes an "Egyptian Feast" in Blood Feast (1963 film)...

Blood Feast (1963), AKA Egyptian Blood Feast, The Blood Feast, Feast of Flesh, Blood Orgy....

A 2002 sequel, Blood Feast 2, was filmed by the same director.

Summary

"A nightmare of gore! Nothing so appalling in the annals of horror! A weird and grisly ancient rite horrendously brought to life in Blood Color!" In this early slasher movie, 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.

Details

  • Release Date: 1963
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror (slasher)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 07 min
  • Starring: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason
  • Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Writer: Allison Louise Downe (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Friedman-Lewis Productions, David F. Friedman, Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • Scene, "Have you ever had... an EGYPTIAN FEAST?" (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (equivalent to an 'R' for Violence and mild 1960s Nudity)

One of the original banned "video nasties", rated "X" in some markets for its creative, over-the-top, yet naive and inept gore, including gouged eyes, severed limbs, ripped-out tongues, various disembowelments, a brain extraction, etc.


Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • s____ (One-Half Tentacle: almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Aside from a (non-supernatural) ghoul cult cannibal feast, there is no real "Lovecraftian" content in this film.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Horror News dotnet, (link) - "This is low budget gold... Lewis is the Ed Wood of Gore!"
  • Ywhateley - THIS is the stuff that cult films is made from. The gore in this 1963 film is, on paper, shocking and over-the-top even by the standards of today's excesses, with eye-gouging and the works portrayed in a film from an era not particularly well-known for explicit film violence (and legend has it that even more explicit gore footage was filmed but cut for being too excessive!) In practice, the lurid, bright-red, low-budget gore effects are creative but unrealistic and often vaguely silly on film. Editing and production, aside from the vivid colour and lovingly portrayed gore effects, is crude, bordering on incompetent or even non-existent. "Slasher" character Fuad Ramses is played with a colossal serving of ham and cheese (garnished with weird fake eyebrows), and the supporting cast is at best barely competent (captured in the first-take-is-perfect school of film-making, complete with flubbed lines and other mistakes on the final film), with the acting on the whole being bloody hilarious. The film-makers knew they weren't creating a work of art here, and seem to have just had fun with it anyway with a weird mix of intentional camp humor layered on top of the unintentional humor, with the results being one of the more surreal experiences ever put to film.


Synopsis (SPOILERS)

An Egyptian caterer is actually a cultist who kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts in a cannibal feast that he believes will bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.

Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • Filmed in nine days on a budget of only $25,000.
  • According to producer David F. Friedman, the most difficult aspect of production was the fact that the women playing the victims couldn't stop giggling and laughing at what was being "done" to them on camera.
  • Film legend has it that even more explicit gore footage was filmed but cut for being too excessive, and then lost to time!


Associated Mythos Elements

  • deity: "Ishtar", a supposed "Egyptian Goddess of Death and Evil"
  • race: no Ghouls were hurt in the production of this film about cannibal feasts, but there is no reason they couldn't have been
  • race: Human Cultist Fuad Ramses (though there are some hints that Fuad might be an ageless Ghoul)
  • tome: a reference to the "Egyptian Feast" added to the entry for the tome Ghoul's Manuscript


Keeper Notes

  • This schlocky gore-fest might make for an unsettling and amusing, short, "low-mythos" scenario to run through on a day when one too many players fail to show up: a trail of mutilated bodies with missing body parts leads to cultist Fuad Ramses, who is busy trying to hypnotize the family of a rich dilettante into hosting an "Egyptian Feast": a cannibal feast calculated to incarnate Random Goddess of Evil Ishtar (or your friendly neighborhood Tentacle Monster), and which has not been performed for FIVE THOUSAND YEARS. The investigators are invited to the feast - just reheat, serve with ham and cheese, and add Ghouls and other Lovecraftian seasoning to taste!