Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)

USA, 1978
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American horror film directed by Jack Weis, inspired by Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Blood Feast (1963). Like Lewis’ film, it joined the UK’s “video nasties” list in the UK during the 1980s.

Plot Summary

As New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras, a serial killer in a welder’s mask is on the loose. He’s actually an Aztec high priest looking for sacrificial victims to his god, Coatla, the Goddess of the Four Directions and Queen of Evil.


Director: Jack Weis
Producer: Jack Weis
Associate Producer: John Stimac
Script: Jack Weis
Directors of Photography: Jack McGowan, Don Piel, Jack Weis
Music: Dennis Coffey, Mike Theodore
Special Effects: Mike Nahay
Locations: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Curt Dawson
Gwen Arment
Butch Benit
Nancy Dancer
Cathryn Lacey
Wayne Mack
Laura Misch Owens [1st prostitute victim]

Alternative Titles

O diestramenos dolofonos – Greece (video)
Emisario del Terror – Mexico

Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-rama Show Southern Style Vol.2 (1995)



  • Gore Gazette no.67 p.2 – review
  • Video Week 5 January 1987 p.8 – note


  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis pp.175-176
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.312
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.307-308
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.215
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.279