Herschell Gordon Lewis, smut peddler extraordiaire, may be the ultimate cinematic huckster hack, but this hilariously inept exploitation film remains infamous for one reason - it's the world's first gore film. The plot, about an Egyptian cultist killing young women, is beside the point, as Lewis bathes the film in increasingly hokey bloody effects. Silly and poorly made, but a must for fans of grindhouse cinema.
What do you consider to be unusual? In the annals of the sand that permeates the haunted cabals of Egypt, this question is posed with the greatest awareness of the parallax that impinges on the sensibilities of the contemporary, the en vogue. The crimson cascades of blood, the shrieks that send shivers, are these not the triumphs of Thanatopsis? And of this fantasia? I don't know. What do you recommend?
Exhibida durante ese fraude llamado "Festival Macabro" en su ediciòn del 2009 en la cd. de Mèxico, esta delirante cinta represento para muchos espectadores, junto con otros clasicos como 2000 maniacs y The wizard of gore, la oportunidad de descubrir la obra de esa version a lo gandalla de Juan Orol llamada Herschell Gordon Lewis.
It goes without saying that there's not one scare to be had here, but there's something kind of unsettling about the clinical, stiffly acted removal of organs from nubile ladies in Lewis' strictly for profit horror debut. It feels like a John Waters film stripped of vivacity and bursting with ugliness.
It's odd to see such a gory details in a movie that feels and looks like the times when it was filmed. And although it has its ups and downs with great use of twisted lounge music and lack of tension, joyful villain and somewhat amateurish acting, disproportion of the era with the approach to violence remains a star of the film, almost alienating it into a genre of its own.
I have never seen a movie more terrible held afloat by such terrible special effects. I guess it pays to be the first of your kind. I respect this film for it's place in the history of horror, but I won't recommend it.