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  • After viewing the film, I was no short of very impressed
  • I highly recommend it to people interested in older low budget horror films

    • by Ricardo L
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      During the early to mid ’60s, renowned horror film writer/director Herschell Gordon Lewis created the “splatter” sub-genre of horror. The third installment to a set of three definitive splatter films, known as “The Blood Trilogy”, Color Me Blood Red kept the “blood” theme going strong. After viewing the film, I was no short of very impressed.

      The plot centers around a seemingly-devoted artist who becomes very angry after a well known art critic criticizes his artwork for lack of emphasis on color. He could not find the right shade of red that would go perfect with his next project. But one day, upon discovering a small amount of his girlfriend’s blood smeared on a canvas (due to a small cut), he discovered that blood was perfect. After she denied him ability to use more than a little bit of her blood, he started shredding his hand with a razor and using his bleeding fingers as


      a paint brush. Soon he finishes his painting, but he is so deprived of blood that he couldn’t maintain consciousness. After the painting was highly praised, he was on the search for a source of more blood for his next piece.

      For a horror movie this plot was rather unique- an artist driven insane that must kill people to use their blood as paint. Though there wasn’t much story behind it, I was actually pretty entertained. It had a weird ability to keep me fully interested despite not having a real thick story.

      The acting, like any other low budget horror movie of the era, was anywhere from rather well to astonishingly terrible. Gordon Oas-Heim was awesome as the artist-driven-insane. His demented, creepy look when he showed his blood-covered masterpieces to the critic really set the tone for his character. The four fun-loving teenagers that appear constantly for no reason (until the very end, which ...


      • still didn’t give meaning to their previous scenes) were pretty bad. The rest were lukewarm at best. I don’t really put bad acting against any low budget film because it’s to be expected. H.G. Lewis did this great film on a shoestring budget, so if you’re looking for a big star, look somewhere else.

        Like Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs, this film features obvious sound overdubs, including dialogue when the speaker isn’t even gesturing let alone moving his/her lips. The editing was kept to a minimum, and for a good reason- it is cut and paste and nothing more complicated. The picture quality was impressive for 1965- very bright and full color- especially for being low budget. I never do hold any downfalls on the editing and/or picture quality against a low budget film, especially a horror film, but I can easily complement it by saying it’s a lot better than most I’ve

        seen of the era.

        The blood used was actually very realistic, and the gory scene where the artist squeezes blood out of a victim was disturbingly realistic as well. Whatever they used to make the fake blood, it was good. It even dried dark maroon, just like real blood. Maybe it was real blood…..

        After viewing Color Me Blood Red, I was left fully satisfied with the result of my hour and a half investment. For some reason, despite not much story and not a tremendous amount of action or gore, the film kept me very interested and at the edge of my seat. I highly recommend it to people interested in older low budget horror films. This film is one of the definitive “splatter” films. It has a pretty unique set of circumstances and an unconventional antagonist (an artist gone mad). Great film, definitely deserving of an 8/10. It is one of Herschell’s best.




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