Herschell Gordon Lewis: June 15, 1926 to September 26, 2016
I believe we deserve to tip our hats, er, scalps, to Herschell Gordon Lewis, the “Godfather of Gore”. He shall forever be remembered for creating the horror subgenre of splatter films. Though he dabbled in many other types of exploitation films, he will always be remembered best for his unbridled blood-letting. His classic films, mostly made on less-than-shoestring budgets, include Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, and She-Devils on Wheels.
Many present-day film makers credit Lewis as an important influence on their own work, including Quentin Tarantino, John Waters, Wes Craven, and Tobe Hooper.
I can’t honestly say I loved his stuff, but I did enjoy the sense of cinematic abandon that nearly all of his films embodied. He was a unique voice that shook up the world.
Deadies, we have lost a pioneer of horror film-making.
Rest in peace, Herschell Gordon Lewis.