In this episode, host Phantom Erik reviews Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1963 opus, Blood Feast. Could it have been the world’s first splatter film?
Pull up a chair to this rather grue-laden table, as the 100 Years of Horror podcast takes you back to 1963 for a look at Herschell Gordon Lewis’ proto-splatter flick!
When Lewis and producer David Friedman saw the market for their exploitative ‘nudie’ films drying up, they decided to push the envelope by adding violence and horror to the already questionable mix. The result was Blood Feast, a horrendous spool of celluloid that was notable as the first commercial film that displayed copious amounts of blood, gore, and nudity while still bypassing the censors.
Tune in as Erik and Lester spin a lurid but fascinating tale that describes how this film opened a floodgate of viscera and violence that has been spilling over enthusiastic audiences ever since, and also how it marked the origin of not only the splatter-film sub-genre, but also the modern adult film business!
Download the episode here!
[Running time: 40 minutes]
[Warning: Mature content.]