Described by Matthew Lillard’s character in John Waters’ Serial Mom as “the Citizen Kane of gore movies”, Blood Feast was the first film to use gore as a USP, not to mention setting the blueprint for the slasher narrative, all the way back in 1963. Directed by ‘Godfather of Gore’ Herschell Gordon Lewis, the creaky splatter classic has now undergone the remake treatment, courtesy of German director Marcel Walz, and we’ve got the first stills for you, plus this dramatic teaser.
Walz is keeping his film’s bloodier moments under wraps, with only these somewhat restrained images released. The teaser shows us no more, relying on clips of the original film to fulfil the gore quota. This certainly raises the intrigue levels, as we wait to see how Walz will approach the story’s violence.
The following synopsis suggests that the new vision will put a little more meat on the bones of the original’s barely-there narrative, with central antagonist Fuad Ramses less of a boggle-eyed killer from the off than a regular Joe driven to murder.
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. 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 honor 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; and she thirsts for the blood of Fuad’s wife and daughter too…
Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Vamp) stars as Fuad Ramses, with Sophie Monk (The Hills Run Red) as his daughter Penny and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’s Caroline Williams as his long-suffering wife Louise. There’s also a cameo from Herschell Gordon Lewis himself.
Walz looks to be crafting a somewhat more serious, moody affair with his reimagining of Lewis drive-in classic, so don’t hold out hope of a repeat of that immortal line: “Well Frank, it looks like one of those long, hard ones.”
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)