Herschell Gordon Lewis R.I.P.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis ist im Alter von 87 Jahren gestorben.

H.G.Lewis hatte mit seiner Blood-Trilogie (Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs und Color Me Blood Red) Anfang der 60er Jahre die Splatter/Gore-Subgenres erfunden und danach noch einige Jahre weitere Exploitation-Filme gedreht, bevor er in den 70ern wieder Werbespots machte. Mach's gut, Herschell, und danke für das ganze Blut. Sad Day.


Exploitation legend and “godfather of gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis has died aged 87. His longtime distributors Something Weird Video (named after Lewis’ 1967 feature) broke the news in a Facebook post. With his 1963 film Blood Feast, Lewis is widely credited with pioneering the splatter genre, despite it being considered “an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences” in a Variety review. A later critique described it as “one of the important releases in film history, ushering in a new acceptance of explicit violence that was obviously just waiting to be exploited”.

hg3Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1929, Lewis studied journalism in college and became a professor of English literature at Mississippi State University. After a spell working at a radio station in Oklahoma, he joined an advertising agency in Chicago, where he made TV commercials in the 50s. With producer David Friedman, Lewis embarked on a string of then-shocking features, which were made for minimal costs and found a ready audience in what would become known as the grindhouse circuit.

Vom Nachruf auf Fangoria:

For many, Herschell Gordon Lewis was a filmmaker you’d discovery via unusual methods, whether it was the sensational artwork on his VHS releases, whisper-fueled midnight screenings of his frightful filmography, or the recommendation of a friend who secretly wanted to scar you for life. But unlike some filmmakers in his position, Lewis knew that the insane acts of depravity in his films could not be released as dour and disturbing, so Lewis would often take the blood and gore to absurd levels. In fact, the tongue-in-cheek nature of his films are perhaps what makes them such perfect crowd pictures, allowing them to live on in the wild world of repertory screenings.

Blood Feast (1963)

Egyptian caterer busies himself collecting body parts from young maidens in order to bring Ishtar, an ancient goddess of good and evil back to life. When he has prepared enough parts for the ceremony, he hypnotizes a woman giving an engagement party for her daughter, at which he plans to perform the ancient rites of summons, using the daughter as his final sacrifice.

2000 Maniacs (1964)

The Southern hamlet of Pleasant Valley was the scene of a massacre during the Civil War. Now, once every hundred years the ghosts of the dead return and wreak havoc. Three Yankee couples are lured into town and invited to the centennial of the tragedy, which turns into a murderous parody of rural celebration, as the guests are dismembered, barbecued, stoned and otherwise inventively dispatched. The last living pair, Tom (Thomas Wood) and Terry (Connie Mason), attempt to escape the bloodshed.

Color Me Blood Red (1965)

A crackpot artist kills various people to use their blood as his new crimson red color for his paintings.

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