Herschell Gordon Lewis, Godfather of Gore: The Films
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Herschell Gordon Lewis, Godfather of Gore: The Films

by Randy Palmer
     
 

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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

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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 small budgets. A filmography is included, and photographs, many of them rare, complement the text.

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

Editorial Reviews

Video Watchdog
an impressive performance
Brutarian Quarterly
a highly readable study
Shock Cinema
an extremely enjoyable portrait of [Lewis'] wild film career
Booklist
detailed, well-referenced biography

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786428502
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/05/2006
Pages:
203
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

The late Randy Palmer has written for Fangoria, Cinefantastique and other genre magazines, and was also the author of Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker (1997, "tremendous"—Fangoria). He lived in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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