"Have you ever had an...EGYPTIAN FEAST?"Blood Feast
is a 1963 horror film directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
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. As the obvious ensues
, two detectives try to track him down.Though about as scary as a child's Casper costume the day after Halloween
, the film is notable for being the first really, really gory movie
— the first "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 Two Thousand Maniacs!
and Color Me Blood Red
). 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.
"Nothing so appalling in the annals of tropes":
- Bad Bad Acting: Connie Mason, to start. Lewis has said that while she didn't die in the movies, some of her castmates had wished she had.
- Compelling Voice: Ramses can mind-whammy people with his words.
- Dumb Blonde: Suzette and her mother
- Evil Eyebrows: Fuad Ramses
- Exploitation Film
- 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. The Sinners of Hell.
- This movie is still quite gory even by today's standards, which probably led to more than a few people in the 1963 audiences tossing their lunch.
- Much of the even more violent content was cut from the film as well before release, and is Lost Forever.
- Karmic Death: Fuad Ramses, who gets crushed to death in a garbage truck.
- Large Ham: Fuad, as evidenced by the page quote.
- Monster Misogyny: Obviously!
- Playing Gertrude: Mal Arnold, who played the "old man" Fuad Ramses, was only 30 at the time.
- Pretty in Mink: Suzette's mother shows up at Faud's store while wearing a white mink wrap.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Ishtar was Babylonian/Sumerian, not Egyptian, Mr. Lewis. This was deliberate on their part.
- Lampshaded in the sequel, when a woman working in the police department corrects the naive cops about Ishtar's origin.
- In the 1987 spoof, it's Lumerian goddess Sheetar.
- Video Nasty: Having been made in 1963, it is the oldest film on the list.
- You Look Familiar: The same actress plays the sacrifice victim and Janet Blake.