Release Date: July 6, 1963
Run Time: 1 hour & 7 minutes
Reviewed By: Scott
Blood Feast, directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis, is an American horror cult classic. Otherwise known as the film to have started it all. It takes place in the city of Miami, Florida where a local store owner, named Faud Ramses, caters Egyptian food. He also pays due to an old, ancient, Egyptian Goddess by murdering young women and butchering up parts of their bodies. Can you guess where the body parts end up?
The acting is horrendous… almost scarier than the actual movie, however, you have to give a nod to H.G. Lewis, as this is the very first blood spatter film of ALL TIME. That’s right! The one that started it all. So, if you’re a horror fan, this movie is a MUST SEE.
I came about Blood Feast when I was doing some research on older movies known for being notorious and this one seemed to keep popping up in most discussions. After buying it (because I own 1600+ movies and clearly that simply isn’t enough) and watching it, I was more than shocked, I was appalled. I can only imagine what someone in the 1960’s (other than me because it takes a lot to make me squeamish or frightened) was thinking when they decided to watch this. It is undeniably gory and for 1963 it gets an “A” for graphics. Let’s run down the list… in this movie H.G. Lewis gives you an eye popped/ripped out of its socket, a stunning women hacked up in her bathtub, a brain torn out of another stunning women (well, was stunning before her brains were let out of her skull), and a tongue ripped out.
If you are looking for a movie, by today’s standard, you are not going to get it in this classic. If you are looking to brush up on your horror history, or working on seeing some of the most influential movies of all time, than this is the right FEAST for you. On my entertainment scale, it gets a 7 out of 10. On my scare scale, it gets 1 out of 10. Nothing scary here… at least not for 2019.