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The Blood Trilogy (Blood Feast / Two Thousand Maniacs! / Color Me Blood Red) [Blu-ray]
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These are three examples of early gore from the pioneers of the genre, Herschell Gordon Lewis and David F. Friedman. While not exactly Oscar-worthy, they have their place in cinema history. The transfers on the Blu-ray discs aren't exactly reference quality, but they're fine for these films, and probably far better than they ever looked on drive-in screens. In some scenes, you could argue they look TOO good. The main audio tracks are PCM mono.
BLOOD FEAST - If you ever wondered where modern horror started, look no further than this cult classic. A caterer puts together a feast using body parts of his victims. Filmed on a budget of $24,500 (according to Friedman in the commentary), it is one of the most horribly acted movies you will ever see...yet there's something appealing about this film even today. The gore, cheesy by today's standards, was like nothing ever seen before in its day. The movie became a sensation at drive-in circuits around the country and birthed a segment of cinema that simply hadn't existed previously.
TWO THOUSAND MANIACS - After making names for themselves with "Blood Feast", Lewis and Friedman made "Two Thousand Maniacs" with triple the budget. A small Southern town celebrates the anniversary of the Civil War by tricking some Northern tourists into town and killing them in various community events. Most of the actual residents of the shooting location were all too happy to participate in filming, which made the movie look far bigger than it was.
COLOR ME BLOOD RED - A frustrated artist can't find his color...until his girlfriend accidentally cuts herself.Read more ›
Herschell Gordon Lewis made Horror history with 1963's BLOOD FEAST, widely considered to be the first "gore" film. In the years before the MPAA, filmmakers were only limited from showing excessive nudity on-screen. With no rules preventing anyone in the movie industry from depicting gratuitous violence or horrifying bodily dismemberment, H.G. Lewis and business partner David F. Friedman embarked on a series of films that exploited these loose regulations in an attempt to compete with the major studio releases in the drive-in circuit. The two did not ease in to this newly established genre with just a few missing limbs or a severed head, but (literally) covered the screen in blood and butchery from start to finish. This simply had never been done before, and even to this day, BLOOD FEAST continues to serve as one of the most shocking and gruesome films in the genre.
Mrs. Fremont is throwing a dinner party for her daughter's engagement, so in order to impress her guests, she has hired the exotic caterer Fuad Ramses to put on an extravagant feast! What she doesn't know is that Fuad has worked up a special menu made from bits and pieces of the missing girls from around town, which he will be serving as the main course in an Egyptian blood feast to appease the goddess Ishtar!
PSYCHO, this is not; Lewis' listless direction shows all of the style and finesse of an early stag film (another genre with which he was fondly familiar). BLOOD FEAST tastefully implies nothing, and instead plasters the screen in one lurid image after another, using as few camera set-ups and shots as possible for the minimal amount of coverage provided.Read more ›
The so-called Blood Trilogy is actually three separate movies; the name was given in later years when they were released and shown as a set in theaters. The first film is Blood Feast, the tale of a madman killing young women to prepare a cannibalistic feast in honor of Ishtar. Lewis's formula is often the more blood, the better, but often the actual act of violence isn't really shown, only the result. We see the villainous Fuad Ramses making his attack, and we see the dead body, but we rarely see the actual stabbing (or other act). By many standards, this is a pretty awful movie: the acting is amateurish and the writing and sets are not much better, but it (and its two companion movies) has an Ed-Woodish appeal to it: it's in that so-bad-it's-good category that easily develops a cult following. It is also pretty much the first truly bloody movie, so even if flawed, it is a breakthrough film.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great price for 3 cheesy B-Movies! Fast delivery, too!Published 3 months ago by Mitzi's_Amazon_Reviews
I thought I might mention that the widescreen presentation on this Blu-Ray seems to be created artificially by cutting off the top and bottom of the picture. Read morePublished 5 months ago by H.R. Sauertieg
Was hoping to see these movies again that I saw as a kid thirty years ago, but the dvd I purchased seems to be blank. Oh well!Published 9 months ago by Steve D. Mccleary
For the price this is a steal. Blood feast is the first gore film ever made and these films have great b-movie charm.Published 9 months ago by Joe Gallegos
DVD Review: VERY VERY EPIC! What you'll get is 3 of H.G. Lewis evolutionary gore movies Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs and Color Me Blood Red all in it's 1:78 ratio aspect. Read morePublished 12 months ago by SLAVE
Never really cared much for the classic "Blood" movies until I decided to try this collection from Something Weird. Read morePublished 15 months ago by CreateEnergy
I'm a bit disappointed that you can't buy blood feast by itself. I had to buy the blood trilogy in order to get blood feast. The film is a bit dull. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kieran