When I sat down to watch Blood Feast, I had no clue what I was getting myself into. The description on the filmsite list talked about how this was the first true slasher film and I was excited.
Based around a fantastic concept of an Egyptian caterer murdering women as sacrifice to ancient Egyptian gods, the story was great. Only problem was that you would tell that this was made in the 60’s. the bad directing and acting couldn’t save this as a good movie.
HOWEVA (Stephen A. Smith voice), this movie isn’t heralded as being great. It’s not on this list for the dialogue or exciting action. It’s here because it paved its way for modern slasher films. You can see how this influenced Wes Craven, Rob Zombie and Eli Roth. The revolutionary styling and creepy music is clearly reminiscent of Hitchcock, but the extraneous blood and violence is new and shocking for a film of it’s day. This is probably the most art house film I have seen and it reminds me of something that would play in a museum.
This is a weird film and if you like weird and can embrace it, this short 67 minute slasher is perfect for you. Embrace the weird folks
Blood Feast: 6.3/10