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Discussion in 'General' started by The Joker, May 2, 2016.
Hmmm, first I'm hearing about this.
I'm a fan of the original so will certainly check out a remake. I doubt it can hold up to the cheese and dialog of the original.
I look forward to seeing what Blood Feast looks like remade ...but not as much as I wish they didn't re-make Blood Feast.
Big fan of the original and its sequel.
Am I curious to see this remake? Sure. Highly anticipating it? No.
The stills look a bit torture-pornish, but it could be harmless fun. If nothing else, I love all three leads. Should be fun to watch Robert Rusler in the Fuad Ramses role with Caroline Williams and Sophie Monk as his cohorts. For that alone, I'll be watching.
Stopped by Best Buy today to get Hell Night (yes, they actually carry it in store!), I saw they had the Blood Feast remake blu-ray as well, for $13-ish. I had forgotten all about it, so I bought it on a blind buy. If you are interested, check your local BB in the new release section.
Wow! Had no idea this was even being released. I'll probably stop in and grab a copy.
I wonder if it's uncut? I know they had to submit it to the MPAA multiple times before it got an R-rating.
Best Buy has got to be one of the most annoying stores around as far as buying movies goes, every time I hear about how Best Buy has a title I want on BD I first check Amazon and they usually don’t have it so I then go to bestbuy.com and there it is but then when I go to buy it instead of an Add to Cart Button there is a “Find a Store” button. Sure, if there was a Best Buy right by me or by work then I’d just stop in and buy the movie, but I’m not going to drive ½ an hour to go buy a BD; the idea of doing so is as asinine as it is antiquated.
You would hope so, but the lack of advertising would suggest not, this title has been handled very poorly up to now, I suspect the situation is not about to get any better. Anyone here actually seen it? Is it good, or a complete dog, as this sorry excuse of a situation regarding the handling and releasing suggests.
Okay, they definitely do have the blu-ray in Best Buy stores. $12.99
However, it took me a little while to find it. I scoured the entire movie department twice, but apparently there's a little media wall for all the product that doesn't have a shelf-spot or is overflow product (and there's no rhyme or reason to any of it), and I found two copies of the blu-ray there. So major thanks to rxfiend, because I would have had no idea they had it if I hadn't gone in specifically for it.
Anyway, there's definitely an R-rating on the case. It's on there twice even. It also kind of threw me, because the back of the case says "DVD Special Features" and "DVD Specifications".
Here are pictures of the case. Sorry about the crap quality, I took them with my phone and the cellophane caused reflections.
From the back of the case:
"A dark, deranged and surprisingly psychological quote on H.G. Lewis gore classic" - Shock Till You Drop
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 ISTAR. 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 flips 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...
DVD Special Features:
-Behind The Scenes
Rated R for strong grisly violence, language and cannibalism
Dolby Stereo 5.1
Widescreen 1:1.85 aspect ratio
Cheers for the info, as I suspected, dumped on blu ray, little fanfare, R Rated print. It's got to be a big pile of shit!
It makes me laugh though, the distributor talked about having to cut it to get into cinemas and reach a wider audience, WHAT A LOAD OF SHIT! Did it ever show in a cinema, I don't think so, and were they might get an audience by putting it out unrated, no still they dump out the R cut. Pathetic.
Watched it tonight. It was alright. It's been years since I watched the original, so I don't know how it compares. The gore was decent but was no 'blood feast', LOL. However once I was done, I was left with the impression "why did they even bother?" It's worth a view I suppose.
"Why did they even bother?" is what I've been thinking since I saw this thing announced but I want to check it out anyway since the original is one of my all time favorites. All this talk about it not being uncut has made me glad I passed on the DVD and that the BD is a pain in the ass to get right now because I don't want to knowingly buy a cut movie.
I would still like to view it, for curiosity, but I'm not dropping coin on a cut release, I'll wait for it show up on amazon video/Netflix etc.
I watched it last night and thought it was pretty bad, but far from unwatchable. If nothing else, it's fun to see Robert Rusler in a leading role. I started it around 1AM after Keep Watching and it did keep me fully awake.
The big difference between this and Blood Feast 1 / 2 or Blood Diner is that it's played entirely with a straight-face. Rusler, Williams, and Monk have fun with what they're given, but unfortunately the script is super clunky and the dialogue almost entirely expository.
Rusler is the star of the film and has a lot of screentime, and he's easily the highlight of the film. Even though Caroline Williams plays his wife in the film, it didn't feel like she was in the movie very much. Third billed Sophie Monk definitely had more screentime.
It's more or less a slasher movie with Rusler killing random 20-somethings in Paris. As for the kills, he mostly chains them up in the diner basement and tortures them, but the kills and gore are fairly limited. The most entertaining part of the movie is about a ten or fifteen minute chunk in the middle where Sophie Monk and her friends sneak into the museum where Rusler works and are quickly picked off. But again, that's a really brief chunk of the movie. The rest is all random people chained up in a basement. There's no real chase scenes or fighting back.
As for it being edited to an R-rating... you're probably not missing much. There's a castration scene that was probably trimmed (no pun intended), but the rest of the gore is pretty routine. There's an eye-gouging in the opening minutes, slashed throat, etc. Nothing too wild or outrageous. Personally, I think it needed to be more outrageous. The aforementioned castration, you see a partial glimpse of a prosthetic penis for about a second, aside from that there are breasts from Ishtar and two of the victims (although one is mostly covered by her hair). There are R-rated movies that have gone much further than what you see here.
Oh, and H.G. Lewis does have a brief cameo in the film.
Overall, I thought it was just bland. The script is clunky, the kills are routine, and it takes itself way too seriously.
A few things in regards to the blu-ray, a lot of the info on the back is wrong. For starters, the aspect ratio is definitely not 1.85 (it was probably 2.35:1). The rating description on the back of the case is completely different from the one shown before the movie. Also, the "Behind The Scenes" feature listed on the back of the case is a little deceptive, as it's just a photo gallery. There's a photo gallery of behind-the-scenes images and another of the cast walking the red carpet. Aside from the two photo galleries, the only other extra is a trailer.
For $12.99 I couldn't pass it up. Not sure when I'll get around to watching it but since I'm a fan of the original I wanted it in my collection.
As much as I hate remakes I had to pick this up because Blood Feast is one of my most favorite movies and I just had to see what was done with it. In spite of my skepticism I still wanted this to be good but it really wasn’t. The movie is so talky and the dialog is boring and, at times, pretty annoying (like that big argument that started with the meat at the beginning, I get that it was setting up the Ramses’ situation but it was so damn irritating to have to listen to and it only made the characters look like morons). The gore is so so but it does seem like it’s been trimmed at times although I doubt there would be much difference between this and an uncut version. Maybe I just don't remember it right since it's been so many years but I feel like 2001 Maniacs was a much better followup to a Herschell Gordon Lewis movie than this.
One thing I often wonder about when watching the original is what would have happened had Fuad Ramses succeeded and we get to see that in this movie but it’s like a minute of the movie and it’s nothing special/interesting.
Regarding the end:
I can only assume that it ends with Fuad disappearing off to Hell and his daughter getting arrested for the murders but I’m not 100% sure. The cop seems to ignore the mother when he comes in and then when he gets to the daughter you can’t see what the hell is going on but it sounds like you can hear handcuffs so I assume she was arrested.
The BD itself seems a bit odd at times, like there is some kind of frame rate issue. There’s one scene where the motion seems choppy from time to time(a murder scene, probably around 36:00 – 38:00 iirc) and I checked to make sure MPC-HC wasn’t dropping frames but it wasn’t, the choppiness was consistent when I jumped back and watched it again, and the PC wasn't doing anything in the background at the time so I assume it was the disc.
Sounds pretty bad.
What makes me laugh was the companies statement from a few months back that cutting this was a good thing and it would get it to the masses!
Job done I feel!!! Apart from a few budget bins in a handful of US stores, it's not been seen anywhere.
Yeah really worked out for you!
Hearing that some gore had been cut from this was one of the most mind boggling things I've ever heard regarding the release of a film, I mean it's a Blood Feast remake. Not that the gore in the original could really be considered over the top now but it was far over the top for it's time and therefore a remake should be the same for it's time. Cuts or no cuts though anyone could have told them that this film would not be successful.