Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Film Review: BLOOD FEAST 2: ALL YOU CAN EAT (2002)

It’s unfortunate that I’m just now learning about the films of legendary underground director Herschell Gordon Lewis as I probably would have enjoyed his brand of gore and humor growing up.  As it stands I can appreciate what he accomplished with his films from the ‘60s and ‘70s such as Blood Feast (1963), The Wizard of Gore (1970), Color Me Blood Red (1965) and Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), to name a few.  In 2002 he decided to make a sequel to one of his earliest success’ with Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat.
The story follows Fuad Ramses III (J.P. Delahoussaye) a descendant of the original killer from the first film who is set to open shop in the same place of his ancestor.  Of course, one of his first jobs is to cater a wedding from one of the town’s elite but nothing goes as planned as he soon becomes possessed by the statue of an Egyptian goddess.  Now he starts to murder young women in order to have a feast prepared that will end all feasts.  So put simply, this is the exact plot of the original.

There’s something to be said about Lewis’ films from the ‘60s and ‘70s as they are filled with gore and humor and we can laugh at the bad acting and subpar directing because frankly this was common back in especially during the drive-in era.  You watch these films now and they still retain a campy charm because they are so dated.  This sequel cannot be forgiven in the same way.  This film suffers from a lack of originality as well as really bad acting all around.  The humor falls flat and the direction is uninspired and this is because so many other directors have copied Lewis and done him one better, whereas, he’s progressed very little to say the least.

This probably could have worked better as a remake similar to The Wizard of Gore (2007) or 2001 Maniacs (2005).  As it stands this is a highly forgettable film and if you’re interested you should just watch the original again.

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