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Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

USA 2010
produced by
Mike Vraney, Jimmy Maslon for Something Weird
directed by Frank Henenlotter, Jimmy Maslon
starring Herschell Gordon Lewis, David F. Friedman, Mal Arnold, Ray Sager, Bunny Yeager, John Waters, Frank Henenlotter, Joe Bob Briggs (= John Bloom), Jerome Eden, Daniel Krogh, Steven Poster, Andy Romanoff, Vincent Santo, Kevin Thomas


review by
Mike Haberfelner

This movie was clearly made by people who loved Herschell Gordon Lewis - which was a long-known fact about Frank Henenlotter, genre veteran in his own right, at least - as it doesn't only focus on the well-known fact, as in that he made the first gore film with Blood Feast and probably the first backwoods horror with 2,000 Maniacs, and how the vileness of his movies probably eclipsed with Wizard of Gore and The Gore Gore Girls before he went into the world of direct advertising, but it also takes a look at the man's early career when he and his then partner in crime David F. Friedman made early nudie movies, or at some obscure movies like The Magic Land of Mother Goose and his never released An Eye for an Eye, and the whole thing is carried not only by plenty of snippets and outtakes from the man's movies, both of the sexy and gory variety, but also carried by interviews with Lewis, with Friedman, Mal Arnold who played Fuad Ramses in Blood Feast, Ray Sager who played Montag the Magician in Wizard of Gore and other Lewis collaborators. Plus Henenlotter himself, confessing Lewis enthusiast John Waters and Joe Bob Briggs give their insightful thoughts on the man and his work as well.

Basically, if you've ever enjoyed but one Herschell Gordon Lewis film (even if for all the wrong reasons), this movie's for you, likewise if you're just interested in the evolution of exploitation, sex and gore cinema.

The only thing that's missing here is any mention of Lewis later work, the handful of films he shot and released before this documentary was out even ... but on the other hand, that would make good material for a sequel!


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