Review: Blood Feast 1963
Typically seen as the very first gory horror film (at least, in the English-speaking world, of course, “Jigoku” was made in Japan in 1960), Herschell Gordon Lewis’ “Blood Feast” really plunges right into the deep end when it comes to blood and guts! Even for the time that the film was made, it was considered by many critics to simply be obscene and amateurish. But such brutal killings and bloody effects had never been seen before, that many shocked audiences overlooked the clumsy film-making. “Blood Feast” was an utterly groundbreaking film; Herschell Gordon Lewis practically introduced the use of true gore in horror, and he opened the door for every subsequent gory, bloody, splatter film ever made! However, I do feel as though there’s a little more to this film than just the blood and gore. In lieu of decent acting, a believable plot, and a ‘well thought out’ script, “Blood Feast” takes a more sudden, and even, “choppy” approach… the killer often appears with little or no real explanation of how he gets from one place to another. However, as with most entries into the genre of horror, this film has a message, and to me, that message is that we are never truly safe, anything can happen at any time. It doesn’t matter if you listen to the radio warnings and stay inside the your home, it doesn’t matter if you have someone with you.. You could do no more than merely open your front door…
“Blood Feast” centers on Fuad Ramses, a psychotic caterer, who, in an attempt to awaken an ancient Egyptian demon, goes around murdering young women and gathering up the various body parts necessary for a ritual feast.
This movie is an important film, possibly for more reasons than one, but it is not a “good” film by any means. Watch it for the shock value, watch it for a laugh, watch it for it’s cinematic significance… but keep in mind, it’s no masterpiece!