Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010)

Herschell Gordon Lewis has informed both sides of my life, from his work in direct marketing teaching me the ways of marketing and his propensity toward making shameless exploitation showing me the ways of the world.

Directed by Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case) and Jimmy Maslon, this film takes you through the life of Lewis with the man himself speaking throughout. Plus, nearly everyone alive that had worked in his movies shows up and you also get to hear from John Waters and Joe Bob Briggs.

While this movie concentrates on the gore that everyone knows the man for, it also takes time to show his nudie-cuties, hillbilly and biker films, as well as delving into his love of fried chicken, which he made sure was on every single set. In fact, Colonel Sanders even shows up in Blast-Off Girls.

Sure, the movies of Lewis are cheap films that even he would not admit are art. After all, he was quoted as saying that he saw movies as a business and pitied anyone who saw it as an art film. But so what? His bally-hoo is something that movies no longer have. They also don’t have many Egyptian caterers ripping the tongues out of Playmates, but we can all dare to dream.

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