Herschell Gordon Lewis, Godfather of Gore: The Films

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Without a big budget, special effects team, or professional actors and crew members, Herschell Gordon Lewis created films that he himself admits were trash. Yet, while Gordon's softcore porn (The Adventures of Lucky Pierre) and heavy-duty gore (The Gruesome Twosome) were never blockbuster films, they were popular drive-in fare in the sixties and seventies. They have had a strong influence over more recent productions, and they have created for Lewis his own special niche in the world of exploitation and horror film. The history of Lewis the man and the filmmaker is a surprising one. Behind titles like Blood Feast and The Gore-Gore Girls is a warm and friendly gentleman whose road to his own brand of film glory was paved with disappointments, surprising successes, and lots and lots of fake blood. His career is examined in detail, with personal anecdotes and insights into making really gross movies on really

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Randy Palmer has written for Fangoria, Cinefantastique and other genre magazines, and is also the author of Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker (1997, $45, "tremendous"-Fangoria). He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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As a schlock showman, Lewis has no equal. He sought to offer something different from standard Hollywood quota-quickie fare. For instance, in Gore Gore Girls (aka Blood Orgy), a killer "cuts off a go-go dancer's nipples" and the wounds spurt "not blood, but milk--and in two flavors, no less." Lewis grants his movies are trash, yet they are popular. Failing to transform guts-and-gore into art, he at least brought the formula to the screen first, and his 1963 Blood Feast is generally recognized as the first splatter movie. Actually, grisly horror movies were a step up for Lewis. Before them, "nudie-cutie" films like Daughter of the Sun and Goldilocks and the Three Bares, featuring lots of flesh and little sex, were his metier. Palmer's detailed, well-referenced biography adopts a wry tone befitting the B-movie mogul, at peace with his place in film history, between the perverse incompetence of an Ed Wood and the stylized exploitation films that have since proliferated. Mike Tribby
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