We recently reported on the wide US release planned for Marcel Walz’s Blood Feast remake, and hot on the heels of the announcement comes the film’s theatrical poster (pictured right). Like the film itself, it’s clearly going for less of a trashy aesthetic than ‘Godfather of Gore’ Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1963 original, which represents the birth of the gore movie. Pleasingly though, the poster does recycle the original’s classic tagline – ‘Nothing so Appalling in the Annals of Horror!’ – but with a little twist.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2’s Robert Rusler plays caterer Fuad Ramses, who turns to murder and cannibalism in order to appease the Goddess Ishtar. Rusler stars alongside The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’s Caroline Williams, Sadie Katz (Wrong Turn 6) and Sophie Monk (The Hills Run Red). The film also features a cameo from Lewis himself, filmed shortly before his death last September.
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 (Katz). 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 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’ puppet; and she thirsts for the blood of Fuad’s wife and daughter too…
Blood Feast will hit US and Canadian cinemas on June 23rd, with an October home video release to follow, and a subscription VOD window available for December.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)