The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Art of Cinema #83


Blood Feast
(Herschel Gordon Lewis; 1962)

5 comments :

swac said...

"Introducing Connie Mason..."

According to IMDb, she went on to have bit parts in Tell Me You Love Me, Junie Moon...Lovers and Other Strangers....Diamonds Are Forever....and The Godfather Part II!

Still, it doesn't match her fine work in Two Thousand Maniacs.

Bob Keser said...

Ummm, how many other movies were filmed in *BLOOD COLOR*? Just wondering. (It would have been ideal for FANTASTIC VOYAGE, no?)

Brooklyn Blowhard said...

Do you guys remember a movie where they passed out vomit bags as a gimmick? The title escapes me, it was something like this classic.

Tom Sutpen said...

King Blowhard asked:

Do you guys remember a movie where they passed out vomit bags as a gimmick? The title escapes me, it was something like this classic.

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It was this very film, "Blood Feast", where that gimmick was employed. Of course, William Castle was the Past Master of such promotional stuntwork, but I don't think he (or anyone) ever did the Vomit Bag routine before Lewis did it here.

Richard Gibson said...

For the longest time I had this poster on my wall, I would often wonder who Connie Mason was. I'd never heard of her.

Last year I met and had lunch with Herschell Gordon Lewis and his wife, he's a very friendly approachable guy and always responds to emails you send him. He's a very clever man.

I think he recently made Blood Feast 2 but is less active in films. I think many owe him a debt for kicking off the whole blood and guts thing. I first heard about him on The Incredibly Strange Film show in the 1980's - all his films were very hard to see here in UK and not very well known.