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BLOOD FEAST (1963) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by goregirl

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In the past I have referred to Blood Feast as a “guilty pleasure”. Where ever did I pick up that miserable bit of lingo? I don’t feel guilty about loving Blood Feast at all! I’ve seen Blood Feast no less than a dozen times over the years and it never gets old. I’ve never seen Blood Feast look better than it does on Something Weird Video’s Special Edition DVD! It comes with outstanding supplements including rare outtakes, the theatrical trailer, commentary from Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman, an impressive collection of promotional material and lobby cards for Herschell Gordon Lewis films with a heavy emphasis on Blood Feast and an entertaining instructional film called Carving Magic; Swift and Company’s “how to” on carving various meats with home economist Martha Logan! It features a young Harvey Korman (The Carol Burnett Show) and William Kerwin (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, A Taste of Blood)! This DVD and Herschell Gordon Lewis’ tremendously fun and gory feature are an absolute treasure!

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Blood Feast’s first victim is killed prior to the credits rolling. Nudity and gore seconds in! The poor gals eye is gouged out and her leg is removed below the knee!

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We are taken to the office of the Homicide Bureau Chief of Detectives. They have quite the case on their hands with seven killings in two weeks! The D.A.’s office is getting hot and they have no clues. All the women have been found badly mutilated with various limbs removed.

“Well Frank, this looks like one of those long hard ones.” -Detective Pete Thornton

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“Are you Mr. Ramses? I’m Dorothy Fremont. I heard about you from a friend of mine; Annette Dupuis.” Mrs. Fremont is looking for something unique for a birthday party she is throwing for her daughter Suzette.

“Have you ever had an Egyptian feast?” -Fuad Ramses

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Fuad Ramses pays his respects to the Goddess Ishtar with a large shrine in the back room of his store. Ramses will pay her the ultimate respect when his Blood Feast awakens the Goddess from her 5000 year slumber!

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Marcy and Tony are making out on the beach and it is getting late. Needless to say the recent brutal killings of young women has everyone frightened and Marcy would like to go home. Tony convinces Marcy otherwise; “Hey baby, I’m here. I’m not going to let anyone hurt you. Now prove you love me.” Tony gets his ass knocked out cold and Ramses helps himself to Marcy’s brains. Tony is pretty torn up and can barely hold it together when the police question him. Feeling guilty Tony? You stupid dumbass! It is entirely your fault Marcy’s brains are all over the beach asshole! Marcy’s folks are pretty upset too.

“I made her a white dress and now she’ll never wear it.”

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Another victim; this one had her tongue ripped out!

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Detective Pete Thornton and girlfriend Suzette Fremont attend a weekly lecture by Professor Flanders on ancient Egyptian history. This particular week they are learning about Ramses and the Cult of Ishtar. The Cult of Ishtar was a blood-thirsty cult who held a yearly festival that took place at the beginning of spring. For six days and nights the people would party lustfully and on the seventh night the young women would be slaughtered; their blood drank and their limbs eaten!

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Suzette and Pete share a kiss but are interrupted by the radio announcing that another young woman has been attacked. The woman; Janet Blake lay in critical condition in the hospital. The doctor tells the detectives that it is the most brutal attack he had ever seen. Apparently the woman’s face was hacked away to the bone and both of her eyes were gouged out. They speak to Janet who tells them that he was an old man with crazy eyes and mentions the name “Itar”. Despite just coming from a seminar on “Ishtar” about a blood thirsty cult that removes and eats the limbs of young women Detective Thornton does not make a connection.

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Suzette and friends hanging out by the pool. In the commentary Lewis and Friedman called this scene “padding”. Yep. But Oh! What joyful padding it is! The segment ends with the snatching of Suzette’s friend Trudy Sanders.

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Pete calls to check in with Suzette and informs her that they have not yet located her friend Trudy. She tells Pete about her mother’s surprise of an Egyptian feast hosted by Fuad Ramses. Ramses? Egyptian feast? The wheels finally begin to turn! Pete calls Professor Flanders to ask if he was familiar with a Fuad Ramses. Flanders tells Pete about Ramses book Ancient Weird Religious Rites.

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Poor Trudy.

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Fuad Ramses begins preparing the feast.

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Meanwhile Frank and Pete pay a visit to Fuad Ramses place of business where a horrific scene awaits them.

“For Pete’s Sake tell them not to eat anything!”

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The feast is about to be served but there is one last thing Fuad needs. He must have the guest of honor give herself to Ishtar. “Oh my Ishtar. Take me unto yourself.” She must, of course keep her eyes tightly shut while she says this.

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“Lust, Murder, food for an ancient Goddess who received life through the perverted death of others.”

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Now look what you’ve gone and done! You made Ishtar cry! She may just be a store mannequin painted gold but she’ll always be a blood-thirsty Goddess in my eyes!

Director Herschell Gordon Lewis and producer David F. Friedman were best known for Nudie Cuties when they decided to make Blood Feast. Nudie Cuties were generally light on story with the express purpose of showing a lot of naked or partially naked dames. The Nudie Cuties were travelling a path that Lewis did not want to go down. Always looking to break new ground and go in directions that the big film companies would not, Lewis and Friedman discovered gore. Not surprisingly Blood Feast received terrible reviews when it was released but always the showman, Mr. Lewis knew that even bad press was good press. No one had really seen anything quite like Blood Feast before; its graphic violence and gore was ground-breaking in North America. Color in film was still a relatively new concept in 1963. There was never a need to be concerned about whether blood looked realistic in the past and the standard stage blood was an oddly unnatural color. To make the blood more realistic Lewis added Kaopectate to the mix. Many theatres showed Blood Feast with the gore scenes cut out much to the filmmakers dismay. If it wasn’t for fearless low-budget filmmakers like Herschell Gordon Lewis there may have never been a Friday the 13th, a Texas Chainsaw Massacre or a Nightmare on Elm Street. Blood Feast was my first foray into the wonderful world of Herschell Gordon Lewis and it is still one of my very favourites. There are no surprises in Blood Feast whatsoever. The viewer is aware of the killer from the get go and what his motivation is. We have no attachment at all to any of the victims with the exception of Trudy; who we meet for all of about three minutes while she frolics in the pool. The fun comes in watching it all unfold while the daft detectives attempt to solve the case. I mean really?! How could Detective Thornton not have had a revelation at the ancient Egypt seminar when it was mentioned that young women were sacrificed and their limbs were removed for the feast of Ishtar? Immediately afterwards he speaks to a victim who leaves the “s” out of Ishtar and he makes no connection?! Just the same, William Kerwin who plays Detective Pete Thornton is actually not a bad actor at all and is a likable fella. Kerwin has made appearances in several Lewis flicks and I always enjoy his presence. Mal Arnold who plays Fuad Ramses is really the show-stopper though. His quirky, over-the-top performance is one of a kind and is completely unforgettable. They added grey to Arnold’s hair in an attempt to make him look like an old man which he clearly was not. Just to make sure we knew they intended Fuad Ramses to be an old man it is mentioned verbally several times that Fuad Ramses was in fact an old man! And what was with those crazy eye brows?! Lewis does not have a lot of love for his star Connie Mason and it is clear at times that she did not know her lines. That said, I have seen far worse performances and actually found her quite inoffensive and likable. Now be nice Mr. Lewis! Blood Feast is a film I have watched multiple times and will continue to watch in the years to come. It is an extremely efficient film without a second of downtime. Even the “filler” scene with Suzette and her friends at the pool does not trip the film up for a second. It flies by far too fast for my liking! Blood Feast has ground-breaking gore, a wild and imaginative premise and an outrageous Killer you will never forget! “Nothing so appalling in the Annals of horror.” And Nothing so entertaining! My highest of recommendations; a perfect score!

Dungeon Rating: 5/5

Directed By: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Starring: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall, Christy Foushee, Ashlyn Martin, Astrid Olson, Sandra Sinclair, Gene Courtier, Louise Kamp, Hal Rich, Al Golden

Fun with GIFs: The Gore Gore Girls

Posted in Fun with GIFs, horror, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by goregirl

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GIFs for Mr. Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1972 film The Gore Gore Girls; the film from wence my online moniker came. I will have a review for this ghastly delight tomorrow. Warning…offensively gory images will be included!

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Strippers around the city have been found dead and horribly mutilated. At the end of this segment a group of angry female protesters lead by Mary McHenry rush the stage.

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Hysterical Screaming lady has one of the most ridiculously over the top reactions to murder ever to grace celluloid. This scene never fails to make me laugh. This is just a nibble from the scene which is much lengthier.

Stepping into Something Weird & The Films of Michael Findlay DECEMBER 2013

Posted in movies, Something Weird Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2013 by goregirl

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output_6Ta0W0 You may have noticed this GIF or the below poster in my sidebar. If you follow me on twitter or tumblr than you might have already heard; the month of December will be dedicated to the Something Weird Video catalog and the films of Michael Findlay. Oh what sleazy, sexy, salty, salacious, surreal, and sinful fun we are going to have! Joining me to celebrate Something Weird Video’s luscious library is my friend David over at My Kind of Story whose primary focus will be the aforementioned Mr. Findlay. Look for tumblr posts every single day at My Kind of Story Images and Goregirl’s Dungeon as well as trailers, pics and fun facts each day on Twitter. Here in the Dungeon there will be reviews, Favourite Five lists, Fun with Gifs and a few special surprises. David and I will also be digging up some music and other goodies for YouTube. Please join us in the festivities all month-long because let’s face it, we could all use a little “Something Weird” in our lives couldn’t we?

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Help Fund Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Zombificador!

Posted in horror, movies, USA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2013 by goregirl

I have long been a fan of Mr. Herschell Gordon Lewis! His film The Gore Gore Girls was the inspiration for my moniker and the man’s nickname is the Godfather Of Gore! How could I not love a director whose nickname is the Godfather of Gore? Mr. Lewis’ films Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs made my top ten lists for 1963 and 1964 respectively. I am also particularly fond of Something Weird (1967), Scum of the Earth (1963), She-Devils on Wheels (1968), Wizard of Gore (1970) and Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat (2002)! Needless to say, I was beside myself with excitement when I learned Lewis was working on a new film! Zombificador is an anthology of five stories featuring among other oddities mutant insects, talking puppets, psychos and monsters. Actors Bill Moseley and Michael Berryman are already lined up for roles! Most of my favourite directors have already shuffled off this mortal coil. It is a big deal to me when a director I love releases a new film; especially when I can help fund it! Lewis is running a crowd-funding campaign for Zombificador! Yep! You can help fund the Godfather of Gore‘s next film! I contributed and received a 2000 Maniacs perk! The perk comes with a private link to see a rough cut of the film before anybody else and a DVD of my favourite Herschell Gordon Lewis movie and more! I am genuinely thrilled to have a chance to help one of my favourite directors get his film made! Mr. Lewis has given me countless hours of entertainment! You can read about the production plan and other details by going to Indiegogo and checking out the funding page here. I am excited and frankly honored that I helped fund a H.G. Lewis film…I can now die happy!

Taken from the Campaign page:
“Thank you in advance for visiting our campaign. Any help will be very much appreciated, from a donation to a shout-out in a social network. Tell everybody about our project if you like it, and remember you can be a part of legendary Herschell Gordon Lewis goriest, wildest and grossest movie!”
-HGL and Marc Fernandez

Happy Friday by the way!! I do apologize for the lack of reviews this week! It was entirely my intention to review three films; but alas the path to good intentions was paved with liquor and I slipped and fell! For your viewing pleasure here are trailers for a few of my favouritest Herschell Gordon Lewis’ films!

BLOOD FEAST TRAILER

TWO THOUSAND MANIACS TRAILER

SOMETHING WEIRD TRAILER

SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS TRAILER

THE GORE GORE GIRLS TRAILER

SPLATTER: NAKED BLOOD (1996) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, Japan, movies with tags , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2013 by goregirl

Are you familiar with the term Pinku? According to Wikipedia “Pink film (Pinku eiga or Pink eiga) is a broad cinematic term used to categorize a wide variety of Japanese films with adult content. This encompasses everything from dramas to action thrillers and exploitation films (a.k.a. pinky violence), and softcore pornographic (romance pornography or roman poruno) features. The term is often mistakenly used to apply only to sex films. However, the so-called pink movie is part of an ongoing (and evolving) cycle of films rather than a specific genre”. You would think going on this long tangent about Pinku films that I was going to review one; but I am not. I watched two films from director Hisayasu Sato this weekend and the one I will not be reviewing was classified as Pinku. This director seems to be primarily a Pinku director. Here are just a few of his other titles; Rape: For Real, Naked Action: College Girl Rape Edition, Serial Rape: Perverted Experiment, Rapist with Handcuff: Defile!, Office Lady Rape: Devouring the Giant Tits. I’m sensing a trend there. I really can not bring myself to review his 1995 film Rafureshia as that would involve thinking about it. Rafureshia opens with a father eating his daughter out. She swims across the sea to the city and is than raped by three men. Than she is “saved” by a man who rapes her. The parallel story sees a married couple eating a meal with the hubby’s mother. Mom is attempting to jerk her son off, the daughter is relaying a fantasy while masturbating and the son is completely disinterested. Apparently Rafureshia was intended to be a comedy. Hilarious?! No more Pinku for me unless it is of the 60s or 70s variety. Now for our feature presentation; Splatter: Naked Blood the little film with the bad reputation. But is it warranted? Could be. *Some spoilers ahead.

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Three young women volunteer to be guinea pigs for a chemical contraceptive. The doctor Yuki Kure is conducting the experiment. Yuki Kure is a widow with a seventeen year old named Eiji. Eiji plans to conduct his own experiment on the trio of women. He has concocted a potion he calls My Son that turns pain into happiness. He just wants the world to be all sunshine and lollipops. He injects My Son into his mother’s contraceptive solution. Madness and gore ensue!

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Splatter: Naked Blood starts out fairly innocently and has a simple storyline. The girls have lunch together after the experiment and discuss the things that give them the most pleasure. For one woman it is eating, for another it is vanity and for Rika Mikami an insomniac and introvert it is a life of solitude without human interaction. Eiji begins to follow the girls around with his camera. He first follows Rika who notices him immediately and calls him on it. The two become friends. The girl who hates people becomes Eiji’s love interest. Eiji’s father died before he was born; more accurately he disappeared before he was born. Since you will be treated to the odd little scene in which dad disappears I will not divulge. Eiji is an awkward kid who has no friends that we meet; besides his new friend Rika. He is a bit of a sad sack really, but I guess that is why he wants to create a pharmaceutical that turns pain into happiness. It does not quite work like he expects although pain does in fact become happiness but happiness also becomes painful. Very, very, very painful!!

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Splatter: Naked Blood takes a decidedly nasty turn once the effects of My Son kick in. It is the woman who starts eating herself that is the real humdinger. A scene where our little glutton sticks a fork in her eye pulls it out and than eats it was pretty brutal and very graphic; it was not the worst of it in my opinion. There are two other body parts eaten that were far more difficult to stomach. My bologna has a first name it’s L-A-B-I-A. I won’t spoil what happens to vanity girl or any of the other characters as I thought the other violent business would be pretty tolerable for most horror fans. I will add that there is a pretty nice opened stomach effect that a grown man crawls into. Splatter: Naked Blood has a nasty reputation which is not unjustified. There is not a non-stop barrage of violent images by any means, but the moments included will not be easy to erase from the mind. As ridiculous as the scenes might be they are pretty hard to watch. I actually thought the gore effects were quite well done.

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There is nothing particularly spiffy about the visuals in Splatter: Naked Blood other than the gore. It is a pretty plain film really. Rika’s apartment has no trinkets, knickknacks, pictures or anything else one would expect in the apartment of a 20ish year old woman. She has one cushy reclining chair, a cactus and a kitchen table that has just one chair at it. She doesn’t even have stuff on her kitchen counter. Rika has a sleeping device that is pretty far out. She has goggles she puts on and a second set that she puts on her cactus. Rika seems to be at one with the cactus?! There is one bizarre psychedelic sex and cactus scene that is totally far out man! It is pretty hilarious too, very lava lamp-esque. Eiji’s room is almost as bare as Rika’s. His computer is on the floor and he has a small selection of sciencey stuff sitting around. Of course there is the ever so important picture of his father he keeps on his bedside table. They show the picture often; hence his reasoning for calling his happy potion My Son. How exactly did he come up with his My Son concoction? Sadly, we don’t get to see him in mad scientist mode. I thought the cast were good especially Yumika Hayashi who played the gluttonous girl. Hayashi really throws herself into the whole passion thing. I completely believed she was rapturously enjoying eating herself.

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What a shame more of Sato’s stuff isn’t like Splatter: Naked Blood; I quite enjoyed this film. I should add that I did dig his segment in Rampo Noir (Imomushi). Splatter: Naked Blood doesn’t overstay its welcome At 76 minutes; it has some nasty gore, weirdness, nudity, sex, laughs, nifty sound effects and a neato soundtrack. Be warned, the gore is nasty, but if that is your thing Splatter: Naked Blood is highly recommended.

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Hisayasu Sato

Starring: Misa Aika, Yumika Hayashi, Mika Kirihara, Sadao Abe, Masumi Nakao, Tadashi Shiraishi, Seiya Hiramatsu