Mardi Gras Massacre – USA, 1978 – overview and reviews

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Mardi Gras Massacre is a 1978 American horror feature film written and directed by Jack Weis. The movie stars Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment, William Metzo and Laura Misch Owens. It is an unofficial semi-remake of the 1963 Herschell Gordon Lewis gore film Blood Feast.

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In New Orleans, a serial killer wearing a welder’s mask strikes during the Mardi Gras festival. He goes into a bar and asks for the “most evil” prostitute he can find. He then takes her to a basement where he sacrifices here. He then kills more prostitutes to get their hearts to sacrifice to an ancient Aztec goddess…

The film was on the British Government’s list of ‘video nasties’ in the 1980s and has not been resubmitted to the BBFC for a certificate since.

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“On the surface at least, Mardi Gras Massacre offers everything the fans of exploitation find so immensely appealing. Graphic gore, excessive nudity, a masked maniac and the added bonus of a ‘video-nasty’ disqualification – it’s all here for the taking baby! But scratch beneath that glossy veneer and what you’re left with is a vial of tedium-drenched campiness that is so beguilingly awful that it almost defies description.” A Slash Above

“Mardi Gras Massacre has far too many faults and shortcomings to recommend as a good movie, but as a trashy slasher to be watched for only laughs, I do think it has slight merit. If you can get through the tedium of the kills and the sleazy feeling that oozes from nearly every line of dialogue, I think there is a tiny amount of cheap fun to be had with this one.” Oh, the Horror!

“As an almost more-inept version of H.G. Lewis’ Blood Feast, this massacre simply massacres any notions of suspense, disgust, or engaging storytelling. With skanky, naked hos, beyond repetitive gore, and mucho stock footage of a Mardi gras parade, the movie certainly satisfies the need for those cruddy intangibles, just be aware that the tags for this movie include: plodding, cheap, boring, and stupid.” DVD Talk

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