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|Directed by||Jackie Kong|
|Produced by||Lawrence Kasanoff|
|Written by||Michael Sonye|
|Music by||Don Preston|
|Edited by||Thomas Meshelski|
|Distributed by||Lightning Pictures|
Blood Diner is a 1987 American horror comedy directed by Jackie Kong and starring Rick Burks, Carl Crew, Roger Dauer, LaNette LaFrance, and Lisa Guggenheim. It was written by Michael Sonye. The plot follows two brothers setting up a restaurant as a front for them to kill women and collect their severed body-parts to summon forth the Lumerian goddess Sheetar.
The film was originally conceived to be a sequel to Blood Feast, but it was then changed to be a standalone film of its own. Although general reception towards the film has been mixed, it has become a cult film since its release.
Two brothers, Michael Tutman (Rick Burks) and George Tutman (Carl Crew) are brainwashed by their serial killer uncle Anwar Namtut (Drew Godderis) into completing his task of resurrecting the ancient Lumerian goddess Sheetar (Tanya Papanicolas). Their mission is given to them once they resurrect him from his grave. Anwar Namtut is from then on a brain in a mason jar that commands the brothers. In order to complete their mission, the brothers must collect different body parts from many immoral women, stitch them together, and then call forth the goddess at a "blood buffet" with a virgin to sacrifice ready for her to eat. The brothers choose women for their "blood buffet" from those that enter into their wildly popular vegetarian restaurant. Meanwhile, two mismatched detectives (LaNette LaFrance and Roger Dauer) work together to try to track them down before more carnage can ensue.
- Rick Burks as Michael Tutman
- Carl Crew as George Tutman
- LaNette LaFrance as Sheba Jackson
- Roger Dauer as Mark Shepard
- Lisa Guggenheim as Connie Stanton
- Max Morris as Chief Miller
- Roxanne Cybelle as Little Michael
- Sir Rodenheaver as Little George
- Drew Godderis as Anwar Namtut
- Tanya Papanicolas as Sheetar/Bitsy
- Michael Barton as Vitamin
- John Barton Shields as Little Jimmy Hitler
- Effie Bilbrey as Peggy
- Karen Hazelwood as Babs
- Bob Loya as Stan Saldin
- Alisa Alvarez-Wood as Aerobic Girl
- Al Davis as Blonde Dancer
- Gene Wells as Doctor, Zombie, Wrestling Fan, EMT, also worked with wardrobe
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The film has been released on DVD by Lionsgate as part of an 8 movie collection in 2011. It was released on Blu-ray in the US on September 27, 2016 as part of Lionsgate's new Vestron Video Collector's Series line.
On Rotten Tomatoes, it holds a 50% approval rating based on 5 reviews. Horror review site Horrornews.net gave it a positive review, stating that "I had a blast watching Blood Diner. It is funny, full of some excellent death scenes, and is just a lot of fun to watch in general." In Creature Feature, the movie was given one out of five stars, finding it poorly done on purpose, with every tasteless gag imaginable included. TV Guide found that while the movie was an attempt to pay tribute to the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis, the contempt the director injected into the movie for the source material left little of value.
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