H.G. Lewis’ first and best gore extravaganza is still as jaw dropping as it was back in 1963. The acting is awful, but who cares? There’s plenty of gore to keep your eyes glued to the screen. Legs are chopped off in a bathtub, beauties are brained on the beach, and in the film’s most (in)famous scene we get to see in graphic detail, a comely female getting her tongue ripped out. (It was actually a sheep’s tongue.) There’s also some risqué S & M whipping as well as a heart ripping flashback too. (Hey, they don’t call Lewis the Godfather of Gore for nothing!)
The excuse to have wonderfully over the top gore scenes (err… I mean the plot) involves Egyptian caterer Fuad Ramses (Mal Arnold) preparing a thinly veiled sacrificial feast for the young Suzette (Playboy Playmate Connie Mason) to appease his mannequin (err… I mean idol) named Ishtar. When he’s caught trying to sacrifice her, he’s chased by her boyfriend cop (Thomas Wood) and ends up getting crushed to death when he hides in a garbage truck. The graphic gore, flubbed lines, actors clearly reading from their script, cool drum solos (also done by Lewis) and outrageous newspaper headlines (“LEGS CUT OFF!”) add up to one hell of a time.
Wood and Mason also starred in Lewis’ next film, the equally memorable, 2000 Maniacs. Followed 39 years later by Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat.