It always seems to come as a surprise to people that I absolutely frigging love Herschell Gordon Lewis films. Blood Feast (1963) is one of my favorite horror movies of all time, for about a thousand reasons, the least of which is that it was written by a kickass woman, Allison Louise Downe. And while I am not averse to remakes (and let's be honest, HGL movies are probably prime for them), a remake of Blood Feast was obviously going to give me some pause.
But here it is just the same, and well... it looks bloody.
Directed by Marcel Walz (a lot of German horror and a sequel to a Uwe Boll movie), and starring Robert Rusler, Caroline Williams, and Sophie Monk (The Hills Run Red), it's clear that the remake sticks pretty faithfully to the original story (and yet doesn't give credit to Downe on the IMDb page, but that's a rant for another time). From the YouTube page (the random use of capitals are not mine):
Fuad Ramses (Rusler) and his family have moved from the United States to France, where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts in a museum of ancient Egyptian culture. During these long, lonely nights he is repeatedly drawn to a statue representing the seductive ancient goddess ISHTAR. He becomes more and more allured by the goddess as she speaks to him in visions. Eventually he succumbs to her deadly charms. After this
pivotal night, Fuad begins a new life, in which murder and cannibalism become his daily bread. He starts to prepare a ritual FEAST to honor his new mistress, a lavish affair dripping with BLOOD, organs, and intestines of human victims. As butchered bodies are heaped upon the Altar of Ishtar, Fuad slowly slips further into madness, until he is no more than the goddess’s puppet; and she thirsts for the blood of Fuad’s wife (Williams) and daughter too...
|Valiant, but nothing will ever be this beautiful in a remake.|
Watch the trailer below and
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