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Color me Blood Red

USA 1965
produced by
David F. Friedman for Box Office Spectaculars
directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
starring Don Joseph (= Gordon Oas-Heim), Candi Conder, Elyn Warner, Pat Lee, Jerome Eden, Scott H.Hall, James Jackel, Iris Marshall, William Harris, Cathy Collins
written by Herschell Gordon Lewis, cinematography by Herschell Gordon Lewis

review by
Mike Haberfelner


Artist Adam Sorg (Don Joseph) is out of inspiration, especially since he cannot find the red he needs to finish any of his paintings ... until his girlfriend Gigi (Elyn Warner) cuts herself on a nail and drips a bit of blood onto one of his canvasses - the perfect red. Unfortunately though, Gigi is not prepared to donate any more blood for her lover's painting (understandably), so Sorg uses himself as a natural resource to finish it, but pretty soon too his well of blood has run dry (at least if he wants to keep on living), and it seems his masterpiece has become dead on arrival - until Sorg accidently kills Gigi in a fight, but instead of informing the authorities, he uses her blood to finish the painting, then buries her on the beach (he lives next to the sea) ... and wouldn't you know it, the painting becomes a raving success, even with his fiercest critic Gregorovich (William Harris).

Soon enough, Sorg sees himself forced to paint another painting of the same quality - so he bumps off two teens who are playing on the beach in front of his house, and uses them as blood-donors. The resulting painting becomes another success.

Enter young April (Candi Conder), daughter of one of Sorg's greatest admirers (Iris Marshall), who seems to spend all the time with her friends (Pat Lee, Jerome Eden, James Jackel) at the beach in front of Sorg's, and who eventually bumps into Sorg, who immediately expresses his desire to paint her. At first she declines, but one evening she pays him a visit anyway, and before you know it, the artist has persuaded the naive girl into being tied up, then approaches her with an axe ...

 

Much less explicit than Lewis' previous two gore flicks Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs, Color Me Blood Red is made much more in the vein of a very dark comedy (and feel free to think Roger Corman's Bucket of Blood was a source of inspiration here) than an actual shocker - and works very well at that: The plot is so over the top it simply cannot be taken seriously, Don Joseph is great as the choleric yet sensitive artist and plays the role to the hilt, and many of the scenes (including the scarce actual gore scenes) are nothing short of grotesque, but in a good way. I admit the film might not be for everyone (but then, what film is), but it's great macabre fun nevertheless!

 

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