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Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat

Review by: 
Don't Feed the Dead
Release Date: 
Shriek Show
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Directed by: 
Herschell Gordon Lewis
J.P. Delahoussaye
Mark McLachlan
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 I have never seen the original Blood Feast, but if it’s anything close to the hilarity in Blood Feast 2, sign me up for a viewing session! Taking place nearly 40 years after the first movie, BF 2 picks up right where the storyline of the original left off. Cramming tons of gore and black comedy into a 100 minute feature, BF2 holds some of the funniest moments I’ve seen on film in a long while, and some of the nastiest gross out scenes since Dead Alive. Unfortunately, your local Blockbuster will only carry the edited version (which still bears much for an “R” rating) so you might want to venture to a non-mainstream vendor to pick up the unrated version.
As mentioned earlier, BF 2 takes place in current times, nearly 40 years after Fuad Ramses set up shop in a small town and began murdering young girls to make a feast for his Egyptian goddess idol. Two generations later, the same small town is re-introduced to Fuad Ramses, but his grandson rather than the post mortem original. Fuad III (Delahoussaye) is a fast talking guy looking to reopen his deceased grandfather’s exotic catering business at the same location in the small town. Right off the bat he meets resistance from the town’s pompous Detective Myers (McLachlan), who makes it no secret that the townspeople have not forgotten the horrors set forth by his grandfather years earlier. Despite Detective Myer’s ridiculous attempts at dissuasion, Fuad insists that he is different from his grandfather and proceeds in opening up the shop. During the shop’s opening, Fuad discovers the same idol that his grandfather worshipped, and the statue begins to take hold of him, urging him to kill young women for the “Blood Feast”.
Predictably, the movie begins to unfold a series of murders that turn young women into tasty little treats for a wedding. However, unlike its trite storyline may imply, BF 2 makes light of the content and has a lot of fun with the situation. A myriad of laugh your ass off characters are introduced to the plot, varying from a detective who consistently eats, to a quartet of brides maids that pull off a lingerie party that would make Hugh Heffner drool. Toss in a slew of nasty death scenes and you’ve got one hell of a good time!
Although I’m accustomed to the psychological thriller/ horror, BF 2 was a nice break from the monotony of seriousness. I was able to allow the inner child out for a solid hour and twenty minutes, reliving the glory days of Troma films, where you could get a decent bang for your buck with a gross-out horror/ comedy. Herschell Gordon Lewis has definitely set the bar with my interests for these types of movies, tickling every fancy that one could crave during a cult film. Albeit, I would have probably enjoyed the uncut version a bit more due to death scenes being trimmed down, but the overall product of the R version was solid. There’s plenty of nasty SFX to feed the need for blood and guts, and a plethora of titties bouncing on your TV screen to suffice your inner pervert’s desires. And yes kids, the girls in this flick are HOT!
As is becoming a routine with cult movies, there is little to be desired by way of extras on the disc. BF 2 offers up a few trailers for other Shriek Show features and scene selections. Watch out Lord of the Rings………
Despite the DVD’s shortcomings, BF 2 provides a great deal of entertainment for both fans of the original film and newcomers that just wanna see some blood and breasts. The storyline is quite linear, and the acting isn’t as ridiculous as one may assume from reading this review. My recommendation - rent the R version, and if you like it, go out and buy the unrated DVD to add some insults and injuries.

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