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Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010)

Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore





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Explore the career of the filmmaker responsible for inventing the modern gore film in this documentary featuring interviews with such ardent fans and followers as Pink Flamingoes director John Waters and famed drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs. In the beginning, Hershell Gordon Lewis titillated moviegoers with "Nudie Cuties" -- films which featured pretty young women in various states of undress. His career took a decidedly gruesome turn, however, when he unleashed Blood Feast on unsuspecting grindhouse audiences in 1963. A film that reveled in viscera, Blood Feast pushed the boundaries of gore in a manner that was positively shocking for the time. And Lewis was only getting started; in the years that followed he continued to shock moviegoers with such unapologetically repulsive horror films as Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Gruesome Twosome, and The Wizard of Gore. In this film, movie fans get the unique opportunity to explore one of the most fascinating - and morbid -- chapters in the history of cinema.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television, Sports & Fitness
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Kenan Harris-Holley
On DVD: Jan 17, 2012
ESPN Films

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Critic Reviews for Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

This entertaining portrait of the legendary exploitation filmmaker is probably more fun than actually watching his films.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

nly cult enthusiasts will appreciate The Godfather of Gore as cinema history. The rest of us are left with a bunch of great stories about cheerfully unsavoury characters.

Full Review… | September 2, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It would be naive not to expect bad taste in a movie about bad taste.

Full Review… | September 2, 2011
Jam! Movies

Initially enjoyable, the doc grows overindulgent of its subject.

Full Review… | September 2, 2011
NOW Toronto

Crammed with clips, behind-the-scenes footage and other archival material, this documentary love letter to pioneering exploitation filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis is aimed squarely at fans of his boundary-testing gore and nudie movies.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore


Really enjoyed this breezy look at the life of the man who originated the 'splatter' film, old HGL himself.

There's a lot of history at play here, and you get some fun peeks into the behind the scenes moments and what turned the man on the path that he took, which was largely out of a desire to make money, not a larger artistic vision, which I guess is a little depressing on some levels, but is a very pragmatic way of looking at things as well.

Worth a look for sure, especially for fans of no budget film-making and the men behind the camera.

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