Long live horror! I have professed my love for horror over and over again here at Fountain Pop and once in a while I get lucky enough to cover a movie that finally sees the light of day on Blu-ray that is legendary. One such film is out now in a new special edition Blu-ray from Arrow Video, Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast.
Dorothy Fremont (Lyn Bolton) is looking to throw a dinner party to end all parties. She hires the mysterious Fuad Ramses (Mal Arnold) to cater the event with high hopes of impressing her guests with an authentic Egyptian feast. But Ramses has very unique ingredients in his dishes and he must go on the hunt for them before preparing his meals.
Blood Feast is often, and rightfully, designated as the first ‘splatter’ movie. Lewis has since become known and the Godfather of Gore and he certainly earned the moniker. Blood Feast is the gore equivalent of a film like Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space. It is chock full of terrible acting, cheap sets and low quality. But it was made with an extraordinary amount of love and passion. And guts. The gore in Blood Feast is just crazy. Considering the film was released in 1963, I can’t imagine how film audiences would have reacted to it. But it is delightfully silly and bad to watch, even more fun when watched with a group, and absolutely essential to the history of horror. Lewis was an innovator and a man who was smart and loved what he did. And it shows on every blood-soaked frame.
The special edition of Blood Feast from Arrow Video features a great HD transfer that is grainy as per the film budgetary roots, but color and detail are amazing for such a low budget flick. But the real reason to sink a few bucks into this new Blu-ray, aside from the film itself, is a literal treasure trove of special features including Scum of the Earth – Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1963 feature – yes, you get a whole other movie! Plus, Blood Perspectives – Filmmakers Nicholas McCarthy and Rodney Ascher on Blood Feast, Herschell’s History – Archival interview in which director Herschell Gordon Lewis discusses his entry into the film industry, How Herschell Found his Niche – A new interview with Lewis discussing his early work, an archival interview with Lewis and David F. Friedman, Carving Magic – Vintage short film from 1959 featuring Blood Feast Actor Bill Kerwin, Outtakes and tons more including promo galleries, feature length commentaries and more! Blood Feast is an essential classic must own for any horror fan and this is absolutely the definitive edition to get. Highly recommended.