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HG Lewis' Blood Feast 2

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HG Lewis earned his place in the horror hall of fame by being the first rather than the best. Like the Wright Brothers, who conquered powered flight but didn't exactly offer club class travel, HG Lewis was the first to push technicolor extreme gore into the audiences face, but his films were definitely video nasties at their most embryonic.

When fleapit viewers grew jaded with his nudie cutie movies, censorship restricted him from becoming more explicitly erotic, so he tapped into a rich vein of poster paint blood, animal entrails and cow tongues as he created Blood Feast, a film that existed only for it's gruesome shock sequences.

Genre invented, he went on to produce a slew of 60s gems, each with the same cheap sets, dodgy acting and hardcore bloodletting. After decades in the film wilderness, HG Lewis returned to the directors chair to film a belated sequel to his most famous film and now it gets a decent release, here's the skinny:


 From the legendary Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis (The Wizard Of Gore; She-Devils On Wheels; Two Thousand Maniacs), comes the fantastically tongue-in-cheek, and in several of the film's more graphic moments, "tongue out of cheek, splatterfest, BLOOD FEAST 2: ALL U CAN EAT, the long-awaited sequel to his 1963 classic "Blood Feast". Once more, Lewis serves up an extra fresh order of brains, guts and various other body parts to prove he's lost none of his blood-soaked touch for comedic carnage and murderous mayhem.
Two generations after the cannibalistic caterer Fuad Ramses wreaked bloody havoc in the suburbs of Miami, his heir and grandson, Fuad Ramses III is on hand to revive the family business. Unaware of his grandfather's indiscretions, and having inherited his ancestor's bakery and confectionary store, young Fuad takes over the premises and sets about establishing himself as the supplier of quality food to the local community. Unfortunately, he is immediately possessed by the long-dormant demonic icon of Ishtar, an ancient, blood hungry goddess. Soon, Fuad is sequentially knocking off the guests of a wedding for which he has been employed to oversee the catering requirements and is using their bloody remains as the secret ingredients in his culinary delights.

Unsuccessfully trying to get to the bottom of the current spate of bizarre murders are a couple of bumbling cops, one of whom is due to be the groom at the forthcoming nuptials, the other a food-junkie who develops an irresistible appetite for Fuad's delicious wares.

Laugh out loud funny and featuring some of the most gory and graphic murder scenes ever committed to celluloid, BLOOD FEAST 2 delivers everything one could want from a mindless, horror-comedy B-movie, from eye-gouging, dismemberment, brain removal and disembowelment to gratuitously flesh-baring scream queens and a throbbing psychobilly soundtrack by underground rockers Southern Culture on the Skids. To top it all off, fans of cult writer-director John Waters (Hairspray; Pink Flamingos) should keep an eye out for the man himself delivering an hilariously irreverent cameo turn as a paedophile priest.

For collectors, this release also comes with a reversible sleeve that gives fans the choice of displaying the movie's original UK rental video artwork or a newly commissioned piece of oil painting artwork, plus a poster of the same and a collector's booklet.

BLOOD FEAST 2: ALL U CAN EAT (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£15.99) by Arrow Video on 11th January 2010. Special Features include: On the Set with Herschell Gordon Lewis; Gore Gourment; Behind the Gore; Behind the Scenes; Deleted Scenes.


Read a review of the new UK edition here:

Don't mind you posting about the discs Sam, but please don't link to other sites' reviews.