->''"Have you ever had an...EGYPTIAN FEAST?"''

''Blood Feast'' is a 1963 horror film directed by Creator/HerschellGordonLewis.

Fuad Ramses (Mal Arnold) is an Egyptian caterer in Miami who secretly worships the Sumerian goddess Ishtar. He plans to resurrect her but he needs the body parts of pretty young women to do this. [[{{Gorn}} As the obvious ensues]], two detectives try to track him down.

[[NightmareRetardant Though about as scary as a child's Casper costume the day after Halloween]], the film is notable for being the first [[{{Gorn}} really, really gory movie]] -- the first "[[SplatterHorror Splatter Movie]]", as they're called -- ever made in the west. It's also notable as the first film in Lewis' unofficial "Blood Trilogy" (the other films are ''Film/TwoThousandManiacs'' and ''ColorMeBloodRed''). It has two spoof remakes: one from 1987, titled ''Blood Diner'', and the other from 2002 by Lewis himself, titled ''Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat''.

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; not that he or Lewis cared that much, having infamously responded to a widely-circulated negative review with, "Herschell and I have often wondered who told the ''Variety'' scribe we were taking ourselves seriously."

!! "Nothing so appalling in the annals of tropes":

* BMovie
* BadBadActing: Connie Mason, to start. Lewis has said that while she didn't die in the movies, some of her castmates had wished she had.
* BigBad: Fuad Ramses, a fanatic dismembering women to resurrect this goddess.
* CompellingVoice: Ramses can mind-whammy people with his words.
* DumbBlonde: Suzette and her mother.
* EventTitle
* EvilEyebrows: Fuad Ramses.
* ExploitationFilm
* {{Gorn}}: This is the first splatter movie ever made in the west, though not the first splatter movie made period -- that honor belongs to the 1960 Japanese horror movie ''Jigoku'', a.k.a. ''Film/TheSinnersOfHell'' (though one could argue that ''Blood Feast'' is the first "straightforward" splatter film, given that the entire point of it is showcasing gratuitous gore, unlike ''Jigoku'', which is a morality tale where the splatter is mostly confined to the Hell sequence finale).
* GoryDeadlyOverkillTitleOfFatalDeath
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Fuad Ramses, who gets crushed to death in a garbage truck.]]
* LargeHam: Fuad, as evidenced by the page quote.
* MonsterMisogyny: Obviously!
* PlayingGertrude: Mal Arnold, who played the "old man" Fuad Ramses, was only 30 at the time.
* PrettyInMink: Suzette's mother shows up at Faud's store while wearing a white mink wrap.
* SadlyMythtaken: Ishtar was [[Myth/MesopotamianMythology Babylonian[=/=]Sumerian]], not Egyptian, Mr. Lewis. This was [[ArtisticLicense deliberate on their part]]. It's also lampshaded in the sequel, when a woman working in the police department corrects the naive cops about Ishtar's origin. And in the 1987 spoof, it's ''Lumerian'' goddess ''Sheetar''.
* SplatterHorror: The first example of this genre in film, leading to...
* [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]]: Having been made in 1963, it is the oldest film on the list.