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Color Me Blood Red (1965)

Don Joseph , Candi Conder , Herschell Gordon Lewis  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Don Joseph, Candi Conder, Elyn Warner, Patricia Lee, Jerome Eden
  • Directors: Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Writers: Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Producers: David F. Friedman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004KDET
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,078 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Color Me Blood Red" on IMDb

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  • WARNING!: This program contains graphic violence.
  • Digitally Mastered
  • Rare Outtakes
  • Photo Gallery of Exploitation Art

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The newest trend in art is type O negative! When his girlfriend, Gigi, cuts her finger on a frame, maniacal artist Adam Sorg (Don Joseph) discovers a new shade of crimson that will make his artwork so special-human blood! Squeezing all he can out of his sliced-up fingers, Adam then stabs Gigi in the head, smears her face on a canvas and-voila-a macabre masterpiece is created. After his bloody new painting causes a sensation on the local art scene, a crazed Adam continues creating sanguine specialties by extracting art supplies from victims outside his beach house. It all goes bad, however, when he zeros in on April (Candi Conder) whose scarlet pigment he plans to remove with an axe.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright, little finger. Bleed for the big man. January 1, 2004
1965's "Color Me Blood Red" is another slice of sickening cinema by H.G. Lewis, the Godfather of Gore. Released one year after "Two Thousand Maniacs," this film takes place on the sunny beaches of Sarasota, Florida. Actor Don Joseph stars as Adam Sorg, a blunt and frustrated artist who enjoys making rude comments toward any critic who analyzes his work. Although savvy collectors at Farsworth Galleries are anxious to purchase his abstract paintings, Adam indignantly refuses to sell them. Isolated in his studio, he has a great deal of trouble trying to concoct the best color scheme. Later, when his nagging girlfriend Gigi (Ellen Warner) cuts herself on a jutting canvas nail, Adam is instantly enamored at how blood emits the most brilliant shade of red. Immediately, he attempts to cover an entire canvas with his own hemoglobin; slicing open his hands with a razor blade, he feverishly smears his own bleeding digits onto a nude portrait, frantically squeezing the wounds before they clot. However, as he became dizzy and lightheaded, it doesn't take him long to realize that to finish his masterpiece, he would have to bleed himself dry. So, what does he do instead? As Gigi assails him with yet another tongue-lashing, Adam stabs her in the cranium with a palette knife! Then, in perhaps the most morbid example of artistic expression, he holds up Gigi's limp corpse and wipes her face on the picture, using her head as a giagantic brush! Eventually, his first ghastly painting is complete; we as an audience get to see it as a grisly representation of Adam's obsession with blood. When the critics at Farsworth Galleries see this work, they are instantly astounded and expect Adam to create more pieces with the same style. Buyers offer the upcoming artist up to $15,000. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Weak HG Lewis flick November 22, 2009

** Out of 5

Release Date- October 13th, 1965

Running Time- 78-Minutes

Rating- NR

Writer/Director- Herschell Gordon Lewis

Starring- Don Joseph, Candi Conder, Elyn Warner, Pat Lee, Jerome Eden

Released in 1965, Color Me Blood Red is considered by many fans of H.G. Lewis to be one of his weaker films and to be honest it's kind of hard to argue against that. When one watches a movie by Herschell Gordon Lewis you should know what to expect and Color Me Blood Red has pretty much all the elements that made H.G. Lewis a cult favorite, but those elements don't work nearly as well as his movie that came before and after this.

The screenplay was written by H.G. Lewis and overall the script is rather pathetic; the characters like expected are poorly developed, but going into the movie that was sort of expected, but the characters were really annoying. For me the characters are among the worst I've ever seen in a movie. All of them were either boring or annoying and in some cases both. Nobody goes into an HG Lewis for the characters, but it's as if he wasn't even trying.

As director Herschell Gordon Lewis doesn't fair any better. Color Me Blood Red is very poorly paced and almost always boring. Due to the poor nature of the film there are some entertaining moments, but for the most part it's just boring. There are only 4 death scenes and Color Me Blood Red needed a lot more than that the movie only runs at 78-minutes, but it felt a lot longer and it seemed like forever in-between death scenes. The gore was alright, but in the end it didn't make up for everything else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I Always Though Artists Were A Bit goofy October 24, 2007
Of Lewis' Blood Trilogy, this is definitely the least bloody. That's not to say it's not an entertaining movie(hence the four stars) though. The now not-so-original plot of an artist murdering folks for his art is the basis of the movie. An arrogant schmuck of a painter discovers that missing ingredient for the color of his paintings.......blood of course(assuming the title didn't give that one away). After nearly bleeding to death cutting his fingers, artist Adam Sorg resorts to murdering his girlfriend, and then just about anybody who winds up on his beach front property. This is intercut with some groovy teenagers partying down on the beach. All the Lewis trademarks are there, but as stated before, a lack of gore for a gore film. That shouldn't discourage Lewis fans though, coz it's never boring. Strangely enough, one of the most disturbing scenes uses probably the simplest of fx gags. It makes you cringe a tad seeing Sorg squeezing blood from his fingertips and furiously painting the canvas with it. Fun stuff and certainly worth your time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immaculate print quality, tons of extras! April 25, 2000
If You are a Herschall Gordon Lewis Fan or just love vintage Gore, then Buy this DVD now! Firstly the print quality is beautiful very clean and crisp. There is an awesome Secondary audio track With the man himself Herschell and Producer David Friedman, who rant quite lucidly about being exploitation filmmakers, and the golden age of Gore. This happens to be one of the first Gore movies ever made, very disturbing at the time (even today) The wonderful extras on the DVD keep you occupied for hours, it has over 50 MINITES OF OUTAKES! extremely rare stuff no one has seen for years, also included on the DVD is an extra short film with one of the actors from Color me Blood red, called "Cutting Magic". Image makes some of the greatest Dvds for affordable prices. This movie you'll never find on a Criterion lable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 24 days ago by Ron Tarnopolsky
3.0 out of 5 stars weakest of the blood trilogy by still decent
An artist named Adam Sorg (Don Joseph) is a troubled painter who can't seem to make anything be perfect without an artistic idea, yet one day when his girlfriend cuts her finger as... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John Lindsey
3.0 out of 5 stars ILHM Reviews: Color Me Blood Red
His third gore film in three years, COLOR ME BLOOD RED is the last of the three pictures that make up Herschell Gordon Lewis' original 'Blood Trilogy. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Carl Manes
3.0 out of 5 stars I Have Seen Better But I Have Scene Worse
This movie is just ok. I wouldnt pay alot of money for it but if you can find it pretty cheap somewhere you should pick it up. Read more
Published on September 20, 2010 by Toby L. Weaklend
5.0 out of 5 stars H.G. Lewis masterpiece
A great movie from the master of gore H.G. Lewis. A fun and campy movie with lots of blood and gore.
Published on April 7, 2010 by Horrorzilla
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but could be refined
The plot in this movie is interesting, but it's execution needs to be improved. But, let's face it, no one really watches these type of movies because we are intrigued by... Read more
Published on April 30, 2005 by Flying Penguin
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the "blood red"?
In 1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis, an independent filmmaker best known for making limited release "cutie" pictures, changed forever the face of American cinema when he... Read more
Published on May 25, 2004 by Jeffrey Leach
5.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as the first two, but... will want to pick this one up eventually. This is the least imaginitve of the Blood Trilogy, and it borrows shamelessly from Roger Corman's Bucket Of Blood, and has less... Read more
Published on May 15, 2001 by John
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as pathetic as Gore Gore Girls
But still very bad.
This one is just plain boring! Scenes are very long and drawn out and unintresting. Read more
Published on May 15, 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This film is a real let down as a follow-up to "Blood Feast", and not really worth the while watching. Read more
Published on May 4, 2000 by A. Griffiths
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