Anyone who grew up in the ’80s, in the video store days, those looking for the grimiest, goriest, sleaziest horror films can tell you all about Blood Diner. Blood Diner was one of those VHS store/late-night TV staples, which is where I first discovered it on TNT MonsterVision with Joe Bob Briggs. It’s somewhat of a loose remake of H.G. Lewis’ Blood Feast filled with just as much gore, but far more absurd, off the wall, bonkers, gonzo comedy and splat-stick humor. Needless to say, it’s an exploitation staple, maybe just as much as Pieces. The first time I saw it, it blew my mind. It’s gross and funny and I love it just as much now as I did when I first saw it all those years ago.
Somewhere along the way, Blood Diner has gone missing, even with all the digital formats and ways to transfer films, it never has had a real release. Even though Blood Diner has appeared on DVD before as straight VHS rips, it has never had an actual official US release. Until now! Lionsgate films will be releasing Blood Diner, along with a few others in the Vestron line, like Chopping Mall, for a limited time on Blu-ray, Blood Diner being among the first of the releases. You can pick up this notorious classic on September 27th for $39.99 and most sites are doing pre-orders now!
I should share that director Jackie Kong has been involved with the release every step of the way and that if you were worried about this being another garbage port of a VHS rip, you can lay that worry to rest and she has said, “I supervised the mastering of the Blu-ray with the DP, so it looks incredible and has the intended color timing and exposures as the theatrical print release.”
We will feast with Sheetar indeed and she has also blessed us with this buffet of special features!
- AUDIO COMMENTARY with Director Jackie Kong
- “Queen Kong”
- “The Cook, The Uncle, and The Detective”
- “Open for Business”
- “Scoring for Sheetar!”
- “You Are What They Eat”
- Archival Interview with Project Consultant Eric Caidin
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Still Gallery