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The Blood Trilogy (1965)

William Kerwin , Mal Arnold , Herschell Gordon Lewis  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall
  • Directors: Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Writers: Herschell Gordon Lewis, David F. Friedman, Allison Louise Downe
  • Producers: Herschell Gordon Lewis, David F. Friedman, Stanford S. Kohlberg
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Something Weird Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Run Time: 229 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y2QK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,962 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Blood Trilogy" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Herschell Gordon Lewis' pioneering "gore" films in deluxe Special Editions. "Blood Feast" (1963, 67 min.) - Mrs. Fremont hires crackpot Egyptian cultist Fuad Ramses to cater a party--and he prepares a Blood Feast made from the grisly body parts of nubile young women. The world's first gore film! "Two Thousand Maniacs" (1964, 87 min.) - The 2000 Maniacs of a small Southern town celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War by forcing a handful of Northerners to serve as "guests" in their macabre, blood-crazed fun and games. "Color Me Blood Red" (1965, 79 min.) - When his girlfriend, Gigi, cuts her finger on a frame, maniacal artist Adam Sorg discovers a new shade of crimson that will make his artwork so special--human blood!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horror fans have to see this, naturally May 5, 2005
Format:DVD
This is one of those few movies where everything that everyone says about it is precisely true: Utterly barebones production, flatly pathetic acting, stilted and pointless dialogue, and lots and lots of ultra-phony gore. Of course, this is pretty undisputedly the first real gore film, so horror fans pretty much have to see this. And, even if it weren't so important historically it would be worth seeing anyway, cause it's pretty damn cool either way.

Fortunately, in making the first gore film they didn't go halfway. Sure, there are tons of films which are gorier then it now, it's still gory enough that if it were redone, shot for shot with realistic, modern effects, it wouldn't be allowed an R rating in a million years. You got flaying, leg severing, heart extracting, tongue ripping, brain, um, snatching etc. And, while the gore effects are incredibly dated, they aren't quite as cheap and old as I would have imagined. The blood itself actually holds up fairly well, and looks better than much of the stage blood you'd see over the next 20 years or so. It's actually red! It is also delightfully shameless, perpetually leering at the simplistic effects in a way that makes Fulci look almost reserved by comparison. For example, fairly late in the film there is a 42 second pan over a flaying victim. (i.e. someone just covered with fake blood) 42 seconds may not sound that long when I just say it, but when you're actually watching it it's pretty damn funny, and seems to go on forever. It's also got some odd quirks, such as how virtually all the violence is performed in utter silence, with no sound effects, only music. It manages to make these scenes somehow poignant, in spite of the overall laughable nature of the project.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Blood Feast" is the most famous work of exploitation auteur Herschell Gordon Lewis. Released in 1963, it is considered the first slasher film, the one that spawned all of the imitators: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Friday the 13th", etc. Despite (or because of) its questionable acting and really fake blood, it is a classic.
Something Weird Video has given "Blood Feast" a great tribute with its DVD version. A beautiful print of the film was used, all of the garish colors are presented in their full glory. It contains one of the most interesting audio commentaries on a DVD that I have ever listened to. Director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman provide insights into everything you've ever wanted to know about "Blood Feast" - the casting, the special effects, the creation of Lewis' signiature music score, and much more. There are so many great anecdotes shared on the commentary: how Pine Sol was used to get rid of the smell of the sheep tongue (used for the infamous tongue removal scene) since it was being stored in a refrigerator and the power went out, how they had to spend money on a freeze frame at the optical effects lab because an actress pretending to be dead couldn't hold her breath (you can see her failed attempts in the collection of nearly 50-minutes of outtakes included on the DVD), a pizza parlor was used for the scene where the maniacal Fuad Ramses cooks a human leg in an oven, and how they first realized the film was going to be a phenomenon when they got stuck in a traffic jam on the way to its Peoria, Illinois drive-in premiere. P.S. - Bonus for trivia buffs: Robert Sinise, the editor of "Blood Feast", is the father of actor Gary Sinise.
The DVD of "Blood Feast" is a must own for fans of the film and film buffs thanks to the great quality of the film to DVD transfer and the extras included by Something Weird Video.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Was Impressed! January 5, 2005
By Guido
Format:DVD
When I first heard of this movie, I didn't know what to expect. Sure the description of the movie says "nothing so appaling in the annals of horror" and it's extremely shocking and gory. In my mind I was thinking this movie was made in 1963 how gory can it be? Well to say the least I was impressed and suprised by how gorey the killing scenes are.

Mrs. Fremont wants to do something special for her daughters' party. Knowing her daughter is deeply interested in egyptian culture she hires Fuad Ramses to cater the party. He begins preparing the "Blood Feast" by murdering young women and taking parts of they're body to add to the feast.

The acting is pretty bad, it's actually comical, the story is pretty weak as well and yes the blood looks like bright red paint, but come on, this movie was made over 40 years ago, I'm suprised this was even shown at any drive in movie back then. Sure the effects are dated but no gore hound should be disappointed! As some have said before me. This movie is where it all started. I recommend this movie to the avid horror fan!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A typically charming H.G. Lewis gem December 13, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Just about every gorehound and exploitation film buff knows about this one because it's considered by many as the first gore movie ever made (it was actually FIEND WITHOUT A FACE which started it all but don't let that get to you). Advertising salesman and english professer, Herschell Gordon Lewis directed Playboy-playmate, Connie Stevens (despite her good looks she's a REALLY bad actress) as a bimbo-ish history student who shows a lot of intrest in Ancient Egyptian history. Connie's birthday is coming up soon and her mum wants to suprise her with an Egyptian meal. She go's down to the store and asks the sinister shop-owner (who trys his best to put on a Bela Lugosi-type voice) what he can do. To prepare the feast the shop-owner has to go around dismembering young girls. My favourite scene involves a teenager crying his heart out after his girlfriend gets it from the shop-owner: his crying is so fake that your pants will be dripping after the film is over. This was a drive-in killer, by the way and usually played in a double-bill with H.G. Lewis's 2000 MANIACS. Look out for some other great H.G. Lewis titles such as SCUM OF THE EARTH, COLOR ME BLOOD RED, THE GRUSOME TWOSOME, A TASTE OF BLOOD and THE GORE-GORE GIRLS which are all avalible on Something Weird.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic among classics.
I am now the proud owner of my own copy. Discovered it in the 1980's - and still quote from it ! The DVD arrived in a timely fashion, with no problems experienced.
Published 1 month ago by Trudy Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars DRIVE IN CLASSIC
This is probably up there in the top ten best drive-in classics of all time. It shocked audiences when it premiered because there is a kind of gruesome scene where the villain,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth M. Cass
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Great extras included with the film, which really added to the overall product (in my opinion extra features usually stink).
Published 3 months ago by Bryce Brockelman
5.0 out of 5 stars CHHHHHHHHEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSYYYYYYYY!!!
In a suburban Miami house, a young woman arrives home and turns on her portable radio which broadcasts news of the latest of several recent murders. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Katastic
3.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Great old school horror. Of course the affects were red paint, but for back then that was the standard. Acting is horrible also, but then again its a old movie. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kevin Kilroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Blood Feast
This about completes my wish list. The tape was received in good condition and plays wells with no complaints. The tape is good and the shipping was great.
Published 17 months ago by Russell Kimura
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the greatest splatter film of all time!
BLOOD FEAST is the greatest splatter film of all time. It's like Psycho (1960) meets Friday the 13th (1980) but with a lot more gore. It is considered the first splatter film ever. Read more
Published 19 months ago by GSD
5.0 out of 5 stars "Pathological killer!!! Sick, . .. SICK minde!!!!!"
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Ok, first the Plot, which I find ( contrary to what allot of other reviewers here have stated ) is actually pretty clever and creative, . .. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Creepy Skulldini
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original Splatter Film!!!
Every now and then, I try to watch this movie. It has a so bad it's good' vibe. It's very cheesy with corny dialog, but that's what makes it unique. Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by Pumpkin Man
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the worse,
best horror movies ever. Start with the worst. 1) acting. Never have I ever seen acting as bad as this. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by K. Harper
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