Fuad Ramses III, grandson of the original caterer/killer returns back to town after inheriting his grandfather’s shop. In spite of a threatening visit from a local police detective and being shunned by the “townies” he decides to set up shop and try to reestablish the family business. Unfortunately in addition to the shop he also inherited his grandfather’s statue of Ishtar. Ishtar is the ancient goddess that his grandfather was butchering people too and of course as she commands the grandson just as easily as she did his grandfather. When Fuad is given the job of catering a wedding by a bitchy out of town woman things get really interesting. He takes the opportunity to create another Blood Feast in honor of Ishtar. Soon the beautiful young women of the town start to disappear as Fuad uses them as ingredients in his “exotic” cuisine.
Before I begin the review portion I must be honest with you that I’m a huge H.G. Lewis fan and loved both 2000 Maniacs as well as the original Blood Feast. Still I wasn’t too sure of how well this movie was going to turn out. It can be exceedingly difficult to recapture the spirit of a movie that was made nearly 40 years earlier. This movie manages to succeed beyond any of my expectations. The story is simple and straightforward, so you don’t need to see the original to enjoy it (though I recommend that you do). The entire story is told at a maniacal pace with the nudity and blood thrown at you early and often. This movie is going to entertain you in spite of (and in some cases because of) it’s obvious flaws which I will discuss shortly. Not only is the movie always fun and interesting, but also the script itself is written with the idea that it won’t have the best cast. In fact the cast is pretty bad, but because the dialogue is so silly and cheesy it works. Low budget filmmakers should keep this in mind when they are making their movies. You can write a script that will either play up to the lack of real actors, or hide their deficiencies.
This movie shares it’s flaws with many of Lewis’ earlier efforts. The acting is sub par and silly. The gore isn’t executed all that well. And finally the story has plot holes that you can drive a truck thru. Now let me address all of these very accurate observations. I’ve already stated that having a script that takes advantage of the actor’s lack of skills and mines it for laughs covers the acting. The gore is fake looking, but they make up for that by making sure that the movie is as bloody as possible. And most of the effects shots involve good-looking women with their boobs out (who is really looking at the latex appliances then anyway!). Finally this is a movie about a guy killing women so that he can sacrifice them to an ancient deity and make pate out of them. Plot really isn’t important.
If you can’t tell already I really love this movie. The Godfather of Gore hasn’t lost his touch and has given his fans something to cheer almost 40 years after the original. If you are a fan of gore then you have to own H.G. Lewis’ movies. I highly recommend this one.
-John "El Juan" Shatzer