Horror Club: Blood Feast (2016)
The 1963 classic Blood Feast has become notorious in the horror community, not only for its gore but for the fact that it is considered the first splatter film because of its gore and violence. My first time watching it, the film felt cheesy as hell and pretty silly, but remembering it was released over fifty years ago definitely made me realize just how crazy it must've been when it was first released. I thought it was a great movie, even among all the cheese and dreadful music; so when I saw a remake was out, I had to jump on it immediately. The 2016 remake of the film - directed by Marcel Walz - features Robert Rusler as Faud Ramses, Caroline Williams as his wife Louise, and their beautiful daughter Penny is played by Sophie Monk. [Warning: contains possible spoilers.]
Just throwing this out there right off the bat: this remake is easily one of the top five remakes of a classic horror film ever released, and I say that without hesitation. The story varies just a bit from the original, but the additional plot details they added in are welcomed add-ons to the story, but they definitely pay homage to the original movie. This time around, the Ramses family has moved to France to allow Penny to go to school; the family opens an American-inspired diner, but business isn't doing too good, so Faud takes up an overnight job in a museum focused on ancient Egyptian culture. After missing a few doses of his medication, Faud begins to hallucinate and Ishtar - the seductive ancient goddess played by Sadie Katz - appears to Faud, and from that night forward he decides that he was going to prepare a ritual feast in her honor. Only problem is: the meal consists of human flesh, blood, and organs, and Faud must harvest these items for his cannibalistic feast somehow. As he dips deeper into madness, he won't be satisfied until his feast is complete, even if it means hurting the ones he loves most...
You want blood?
You want gore?
You want violence inspired by the sexual teasing of an ancient Egyptian goddess?
If you came to the Blood Feast remake hoping for any of these things, you're in luck: Blood Feast is full of 'em! There's definitely no shortage of gross gore throughout the film; as Faud's craziness begins to really take shape, he goes to some pretty extreme lengths to get what he needs to complete his dedication meal. Blood Feast has it all: throat slitting, ripping out a chick's tongue with his teeth, carving ancient Egyptian symbols into peoples skin, slicing off chunks of a girls ass, exposing a dudes brain and even cutting off a dude's genitalia. And believe it or not, for a movie with this much body gore, it's actually really tastefully done and it doesn't feel like they tried too hard to make it bloody. The team behind the film definitely knew when and how to throw in the violent parts. While I definitely don't hate on blood-fest gore films, Blood Feast is reserved in its gore and lets the drama build before actually unleashing Faud's sick tendencies on his victims. All of this added into the interesting story line (which has plenty of references to the original film, so it really does quality as a remake) and you've got yourself one hell of a movie. I was blown away by just how good it really turned out to be; Blood Feast without a doubt lives up to its predecessor and the team behind the film should be proud to have done a remake right. I can't recommend this movie enough to fans of the horror genre. While it may not go to the extremes that the Saw franchise did, for some reason elements and shots of the movie felt like a Twisted Pictures movie. Excellently shot, excellently acted, excellently executed. Blood Feast is not to be skipped by fans of the original, or fans of the genre as a whole.
One thing I especially fell in love with during this film was the process as Faud really begins to lose his mind. In the original, it was like he was just a crazy dude who wanted to sacrifice people to the sex goddess Ishtar. But in this film, they actually dig a bit deeper into Faud's mind as his medication begins to wear off and his hallusinations of Ishtar grow stronger and stronger. She becomes his obsession and it feels like he is suddenly dedicating his entire life to her; and he is ready to say goodbye to his wife and daughter to spend eternity with Ishtar. It's a pretty sick look into his mind that it didn't feel like you got in the original, and it is definitely welcomed this time around.
And if you think the movie is wild when it starts to pick up, just wait for the feast scene... it's to die for. Absolutely worth renting, and would consider buying.