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Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis Dies at Age 87

Horror lost another legend today as Herschell Gordon Lewis, the “Godfather of Gore” passed away at the age of 87. The director ushered in what is now known as “splatter films” with his release of gory classics such as Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, and Color Me Blood Red. The three films being known collectively as “The Blood Trilogy.”

Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1929, Lewis worked as an English professor at Mississippi State University before getting his start in film in the 1950’s creating TV commercials in Chicago. He made TV commercials in the 50s. After wetting his appetite with that, Lewis joined forces with David Friedman, to produce a slew of gory features that were incredibly shocking, yet influential.  This sub genre was later branded “grindhouse.” read more