Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis

7 Episodes

The films of shockmeister Herschell Gordon Lewis have but one raison d’être: to spill blood, and lots of it. Dubbed the “Godfather of Gore,” Lewis, along with producer David F. Friedman, almost single-handedly gave birth to the splatter-film genre with the 1963 gross-out extravaganza BLOOD FEAST, titillating and repulsing drive-in moviegoers alike with never-before-seen graphic depictions of severed limbs, flailed flesh, and oozing guts. Made quick and dirty with little regard for narrative coherence or acting talent, Lewis’s bloodbaths—including grindhouse classics like TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! and THE WIZARD OF GORE—pushed bad taste to the ridiculous sublime, inspiring an entire generation of gorehound filmmakers to try to top their eyeball-popping, tongue-ripping, brain-scooping outrageousness.

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Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Carving Magic

    Episode 1

    Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis • 1959 • United States
    Starring Martha Logan, William Kerwin, Harvey Korman

    William Kerwin (BLOOD FEAST) and Harvey Korman slice a variety of meats in this educational short film by Herschell Gordon Lewis.

  • Blood Feast

    Episode 2

    Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis • 1963 • United States
    Starring William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason

    The filmography of late movie maverick Herschell Gordon Lewis brims with the mad, macabre, and just downright bizarre. But perhaps the most unhinged of all his directorial efforts, and cer...

  • Two Thousand Maniacs!

    Episode 3

    Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis • 1964 • United States
    Starring William Kerwin, Connie Mason, Jeffrey Allen

    After shocking and outraging the world with his genre-defining 1963 gorefest BLOOD FEAST, exploitation pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis outdid himself with the deliciously depraved TWO TH...

  • Color Me Blood Red

    Episode 4

    Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis • 1965 • United States
    Starring Gordon Oas-Heim, Candi Conder, Elyn Warner

    For the third and final installment in his infamous Blood Trilogy, splatter-movie pioneer Herschell Gordon Lewis turned to the world of fine art for this tortured tale of a troubled arti...

  • The Gruesome Twosome

    Episode 5

    Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis • 1967 • United States
    Starring Elizabeth Davis, Gretchen Wells, Chris Martell

    After dabbling in the unlikely world of children’s entertainment with JIMMY, THE BOY WONDER and THE MAGIC LAND OF MOTHER GOOSE, “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis returned to...

  • The Wizard of Gore

    Episode 6

    Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis • 1970 • United States
    Starring Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay

    From the crazed madman of the macabre Herschell Gordon Lewis comes his most fiendish feat of terrifying onscreen trickery yet—behold, THE WIZARD OF GORE! You’ve all seen the trick in which the ma...

  • The Gore Gore Girls

    Episode 7

    Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis • 1972 • United States
    Starring Frank Kress, Amy Farrell, Henny Youngman

    From late splatter-movie master Herschell Gordon Lewis, who brought you the infamous “video nasty” BLOOD FEAST, his appropriately-titled THE GORE GORE GIRLS is perhaps his grisliest, most ...