The Blood Trilogy [Blu-ray]

This box set caters to fans of low-budget "gore-meister" Herschell Gordon Lewis with three of that notorious director's best-known films. First on the bill is the 1963 Blood Feast, with Mal Arnold as Fuad Ramses, a homicidal maniac who slaughters various women and collects their body parts in a rite to Ishtar. Next up is the 1964 Two Thousand Maniacs, in which three couples accidentally fall prey to a town of confederate ghosts wiped out in 1869 and thirsty for revenge. Finally,Color Me Blood Red (1965) stars Don Joseph as Adam Sorg, an artist who begins coloring his paintings with the blood that he gorily extracts from various local women, and becomes nationally successful as a result.
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Special Features

  • Original Theatrical Trailers!
  • Rare Outtakes!
  • Audio Commentaries by Director Herschell Gordon Lewis and Producer David F. Friedman!
  • Gallery of Friedman / Lewis Exploitation Art!
  • Vintage Short: Carving Magic!
  • Rare Gore Short from 1964: Follow That Skirt!
  • Trailer for Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather Of Gore!


Two Thousand Maniacs!
Drive-in gore king Herschell Gordon Lewis reached a creative peak with this darkly comic slaughterfest about six vacationing Yanks who fall victim to the cheerfully violent Southern hospitality of Pleasant Valley. Made the guests of honor in the town's centennial celebration, the hapless visitors soon discover that the obligations of their title include being used for the locals' bloody amusements -- which include being rolled downhill in a barrel full of sharp spikes and strapped down beneath a boulder for a hideous variation on the dunking booth -- and eventually ending up on the spit for the evening's barbecue. It turns out the bloodthirsty rednecks have come back from the dead after 100 years to exact symbolic revenge for the slaughter of the entire town by the Union Army. Filming on a shoestring in St. Cloud, FL, Lewis even contributed his talents to some of the songs (credited to the Pleasant Valley Boys), including "Rebel Yell" (not to be confused with the Billy Idol tune) and a rousing rendition of "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms," which accompanies a shot of a severed arm rotating on a barbecue spit. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Blood Feast
Herschell Gordon Lewis, the acknowledged "Godfather of Gore," shattered taboos against graphic violence onscreen with this bloody horror film. Mal Arnold plays Fuad Ramses, a mad Egyptian caterer with bushy eyebrows who is gathering body parts to use in a "Blood Feast" to honor the ancient goddess Ishtar. He's been hired by the mother of young Egyptology student Suzette (Playboy Playmate Connie Mason) to cater a special party. Luckily, Suzette happens to be dating a cop (Thomas Wood) who is also in her class and is on the case of a gruesome serial killer who removes body parts from his female victims. The cop finally solves the case and chases Ramses into the back of a garbage truck, where he is bloodily compacted. Wood and Mason returned the following year in Lewis' Two Thousand Maniacs! ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Color Me Blood Red
The third film in cult director Herschell Gordon Lewis' infamous "Gore Trilogy," this overwrought horror film is one of many inferior derivations of Roger Corman's classic A Bucket of Blood (1959). Don Joseph stars as Adam Sorg, a pompous artist who discovers that human blood provides his paintings with just the right shade of red. The over-the-top splatter includes stabbings, slicings, and evisceration, with Sorg going so far as to squeeze blood from a victim's dangling intestine. Still, the film is not as grim as it sounds, due mainly to the shoddy effects and Lewis' flamboyant direction, which makes every action and line so hyperbolic that it crosses the line from horror into campy self-parody often and with wanton abandon. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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    Jeffrey Allen - Mayor Buckman
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    Gary Bakeman - Rufe
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    Jerome Eden - John Miller
  • Connie Mason
    Connie Mason - Terry Adams
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    Bennie Moore - Lester

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