The Cutting Room – Blood Feast

Blood Feast Fuad Ramses 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, becoming more and more allured by the goddess as she speaks to him in visions, eventually succumbing 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 honour 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, who also thirsts for the blood of Fuad’s wife and daughter…

Why we’re looking forward to this: the Herschell Gordon Lewis original 1963 Blood Feast was a ground breaking film, widely considered to be the first splatter movie and notorious on its release for the levels of on screen gore and violence. In short, everything we love here at This Is Horror.

While remakes are often a bit it and miss—when they work, as with John Carpenter’s The Thing, David Cronenberg’s The Fly, they can be awesome, but when they don’t, as with the recent pointless Cabin Fever remake, they can rob you of minutes of your life that you’ll never get back—we’re still always willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. The fact that writer/director Marcel Walz is a self-professed fan of the movie and has even discussed the remake with Lewis himself fills us with a certain comfort that this is one remake that will be worth our time.

Blood Feast is in post-production and will hopefully be released by the end of 2016.

RICHARD COSGROVE

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