Mardi Gras Massacre

One of the rarest and most obscure titles of this Video Nasties journey — and we’re super-stoked to run it, in what’s quite possibly its first L.A. screening since the late ‘70s! But don’t just take our word for it; check out what our pal Joe Z. at Bleeding Skull has to say: “Mardi Gras Massacre is the disco-soaked story of a man, his rubbing oils, and the fully nude prostitutes and strippers that serve as his gore-strewn sacrifices to an Aztec god. The film has long been considered an homage to H.G. Lewis’s groundbreaking Blood Feast; however, it has little in common with Fuad Ramses’s supper plans. In the span of exactly 90 minutes, Mardi Gras Massacre weaves a gut-busting epic of illogical, dirt-cheap sleaze. All aspects of the film defile the bounds of common sense in the best of ways. Yes, even the air-keyboarding pimps, the gory hearts the size of cantaloupes, the fake slow-motion bar brawls, and the cop and the hooker who drink to “…ships that will pass in the night,” then partake of a “falling in love” montage before a VERY bad break-up. As tape echo sound effects trade blows with funkified People’s Court music cues, the ripple effect takes form. This is a tier of bizarre filmmaking that plays out so irrationally, it’s a wonder how it was ever conceived.”
Dir. Jack Weis, 1978, 35mm, 95 min. (Archival 35mm print courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive)

Watch a vintage TV spot for “Mardi Gras Massacre”!
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