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Blood Feast1963

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An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami and uses their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis is the Godfather of Gore, the man who redecorated the Grindhouse with gallons of fake blood and mortician’s wax. “Blood Feast” is the entry point to his delightfully gruesome world of cheap exploitation thrills. This film broke barriers in 1963 with it's grisly, but ultimately cartoonish level of violence and depravity. It's Grand Guignol combined with a Carnival Freek Show, with Lewis as the cinematic barker, pulling you into the tent and handing over your money.

It ain't pretty, but it was never meant to be, and yet the zero budget, amateur acting, and grainy film stock add up to an outrageous dark comedy of errors--intentional and unintentional. Among his peers—Ray Dennis Steckler, Ted V. Mikels, Al Adamson—Herschel Gordon Lewis stands out as a legend in the seedy world of exploitation filmmaking.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis is the Godfather of Gore, the man who redecorated the Grindhouse with gallons of fake blood and mortician’s wax. “Blood Feast” is the entry point to his delightfully gruesome world of cheap exploitation thrills. This film broke barriers in 1963 with it's grisly, but ultimately cartoonish level of violence and depravity. It's Grand Guignol combined with a Carnival Freek Show, with Lewis as the cinematic barker, pulling you into the tent and handing over your money.

It ain't pretty, but it was never meant to be, and yet the zero budget, amateur acting, and grainy film stock add up to an outrageous dark comedy of errors--intentional and unintentional. Among his peers—Ray Dennis Steckler, Ted V. Mikels, Al Adamson—Herschel Gordon Lewis stands out as a legend in the seedy world of exploitation filmmaking.

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Kris Gilpin's rare interview from Draculina mag will be available to read over @ theaterofguts.com, here's a sample "I think the French were the first to recognize the historic value of

BLOOD FEAST, which nobody else did; I know there was historic value from the viewpoint of

curiosity, but not from the viewpoint of actual film history."