It was once an industry joke to take a perfectly good holiday and bloody it up by making a horror movie about it. With Mardi Gras happening in just a few days, we thought it might be fun to get all retro and send you back to 1978 (the year Halloween came out) and revisit the low budget gem aptly titled Mardi Gras Massacre.
Produced by Jack Weiss MGM is exactly what a holiday-themed horror movie should be: a slasher with plenty of low budget gore.
The film is loosely based on Hershel Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast. In this version, an Aztec high priest is making sacrifices of young prostitutes around the French Quarter. Not just any hookers mind you, the ones that identify themselves as “evil.”
After abducting them, he ties them to a table in his apartment where he proceeds to remove hands, feet and that which makes them “evil.”
Of course, this film is probably as sub-par as they come. One review on IMDb says the “film is spectacularly badly made. The acting and especially the exposition scenes are of a pornographic standard.” But they also say the killer is “very very amusing.”
Another reviewer on YouTube says the scenes where the killer removes his victim’s feet was a little disturbing, but overall MGM is a travelogue of 70’s era New Orleans and he found it fun to see what has changed and what hasn’t in the city since its release.
He says it’s a film that is “difficult to get through.”
Alas, the only people who will be interested in this picture are true fans of 70’s low-budget horror and collectors of Code Red Blu-ray editions.
Code Red specializes in retro exploitation films of the 70’s and apparently this one is superb in transfer quality. It also contains a short interview with the actor who plays the killer.
It should also be noted that film is on of the UKs “video nasties,” which contain 72 titles banned by the Director of Public Prosecutions from being released in Europe.
Truth be told, I have never seen this one, but if any of you out there have, let us know what you thought in the comments.