‘Nothing so appalling in the annals of horror… since the original!’
Blood Feast is a 2016 German/American horror feature film directed by Marcel Walz (Tortura; Seed 2; Raw) from a screenplay by Philip Lilienschwarz (Absolutio – Erlösung im Blut) for Gundo Entertainment. It is an official remake of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ groundbreaking 1963 splatter movie of the same title and the director of the original movie has a cameo role as a professor from Pennsylvania.
Director Marcel Walz has commented: “This project makes one of my longest dreams come true. To realise the remake of the cult movie Blood Feast feels like winning the lottery to me. The fact that the production studio gives me all their trust is an honour. I have very much respect for the realisation of this movie and will try everything to make the remake live up to people’s expectations – to make it as bloody and brutal as they hope for it to be!”
The movie stars Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2; Amityville: A New Generation; Tales of Halloween), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II; Hatchet III; Contracted), Sophie Monk (Monster!; The Hills Run Red), Sadie Katz (House of Bad; Wrong Turn VI; Grindsploitation), Herschell Gordon Lewis, Erik Markus Schuetz, Wilfried Capet.
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…
“There are a few moments of clunky dialogue and one scene that is a little awkward to watch, but those few moments are hardly a bother when considering the totality of this film. When it comes to a remake this is everything you could possibly want – there are loving nods to the original that fans will surely notice and yet the film stands completely on its own.” Chris Coffel, Bloody Disgusting
“Sadly, the gory scenes are neither stomach churning, inventive, or non-stop – 38 minutes of set up is churned out before the first kill scene. There’s a lot of affection for the 1963 original. It was never considered a good movie, but at the very least it invented the gore film. In 2016 Marcel Walz takes that notorious piece of trash cinema and achieves nothing new or interesting. Shame.” Stuart Wright, Britflicks
” …aside from a couple of stagnant performances, Blood Feast should really be appreciated as a well-done remake from Walz. He’s appreciative of the opportunity to take on a film originally directed by the legendary splatter flick creator, and his representation of such is definitely worth a watch when it crosses your dinner table – Recommended.” Matt Boiselle, Dread Central
“The climactic claret-drenched chow-down attempts moments of invention, but this is a film in need of a full transfusion of imagination, humour and a general reason to exist at all. Add murky, ugly cinematography from Roland Freitag (who also co-stars as an inept cop on the case) and you have an anaemic horror film indeed.” Rob Daniel, Electric Shadows
“Walz doesn’t disappoint in the gore stakes either, layering on the carnage and turning the final feast scene into something quite different and much darker than the original. The film’s break with the narrative structure common to most big budget horror films will leave many viewers lost in a good way. This has more of the structure of a Greek tragedy but is leavened with humour that just keeps getting blacker.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
“Fortunately it always feels and looks real, with very few effects seeming fake or unprofessional. Director Marcel Walz, who has made many nasty little features, clearly cares for the material, and sets about developing and maintaining characters, even if the performances don’t always hold up.” Luke Ryan Baldock, The Hollywood News
“Rusler is excellent, everything else is decidedly ropey. Even the gore effects are only slightly better than the original.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema
“Surprisingly, the first half dawdles a bit as Rusler earnestly cracks up and sub-plots grind on … then, the killings start and it sinks in that tongues being ripped out aren’t as shocking as they once were, even if the effects are better nowadays. Rusler seems to be taking it seriously, as if he weren’t going to let this rare top-billed vehicle get away from him, and gives a reasonable performance…” The Kim Newman Web Site
” … anyone watching Blood Feast pretty much knows what they are letting themselves in for, and if it’s a gorefest you are after then this remake does hit the spot in a way (although there still seems to be swathes of dull scenes peppering the running time). But the performances leave a lot to be desired – once again, should we really expect anything different?” Simon Fitzjohn, Movie Ramblings