Herschell Gordon Lewis

Herschell Gordon Lewis

9 Episodes

“Someone once asked, ‘Are you an artist?’ And my answer was, ‘Am I an artist? Did you see that movie?!’” In 2009, Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT, TANGERINE) sat down with the late Godfather of Gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis, to discuss his legendary career as an exploitation pioneer and creator of the splatter movie. As entertaining and unpretentious as his own movies, Lewis dishes on everything from his filmmaking philosophy (fast, cheap, and made to sell) to perfecting the perfect onscreen blood to the making of his landmark drive-in classic BLOOD FEAST, nothing less than the urtext of the entire gore genre.

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  • Meet the Filmmakers: Herschell Gordon Lewis

    Episode 1

    In 2009, Sean Baker (THE FLORIDA PROJECT, TANGERINE) sat down with the late Godfather of Gore himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis, to discuss his legendary career as an exploitation pioneer and creator of the splatter movie.

  • Carving Magic

    Episode 2

    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 3

    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 4

    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 5

    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 6

    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 7

    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 8

    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 ...

  • Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

    Episode 9

    Directed by Frank Henenlotter and Jimmy Maslon • 2010 • United States
    Starring Herschell Gordon Lewis

    Take an outrageous ride through the wild world of exploitation films with this thoroughly entertaining documentary. Featuring cult director John Waters, drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs, and...