Blood Feast (1963) | Herschell Gordon Lewis | USA | Video Nasty 7 of 72

Blood Feast is considered the first splatter film, and is notable for its groundbreaking depictions of on-screen gore. It immediately became notorious for its explicit gore and violence.

It is the oldest film to have appeared on the UK video nasty list. It is also often cited erroneously as one of the first films to show people dying with their eyes open. In Allmovie’s contemporary review of the film, the website wrote, “The plot is threadbare, the acting is on a par with the clumsiest of high school plays and the direction is static and uninvolving. Nevertheless, this is one of the important releases in film history, ushering in a new acceptance of explicit violence that was obviously just waiting to be exploited”. (x)