Herschell Gordon Lewis, Godfather of Gore: The Films

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McFarland, Jul 5, 2006 - Performing Arts - 203 pages
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Without a big budget, special effects team, or professional actors and crew members, Herschell Gordon Lewis created films that he himself admits were trash. Yet, while Gordon's softcore porn (The Adventures of Lucky Pierre) and heavy-duty gore (The Gruesome Twosome) were never blockbuster films, they were popular drive-in fare in the sixties and seventies. They have had a strong influence over more recent productions, and they have created for Lewis his own special niche in the world of exploitation and horror film. The history of Lewis the man and the filmmaker is a surprising one. Behind titles like Blood Feast and The Gore-Gore Girls is a warm and friendly gentleman whose road to his own brand of film glory was paved with disappointments, surprising successes, and lots and lots of fake blood. His career is examined in detail, with personal anecdotes and insights into making really gross movies on really small budgets. A filmography is included, and photographs, many of them rare, complement the text.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Herschell Gordon Lewis
1
Foreword by David F Friedman
3
Preface
5
1 A Scar Is Born
7
2 Sexploitation Aint No Dirty Word
11
3 Primed for Profit
15
4 Lucky Strikes
21
5 Sin n Skin
27
11 100 Percent Weird
104
12 Whatever Flips Your Wig
109
13 SexORama
116
14 Gouts of Blood
121
15 Hellraiser
132
16 California Cowpoke
141
17 Here Comes Mr Wizard
144
18 What a Bunch of Yahoos
157

6 A Slip of the Tongue
38
7 How Did It Play in Peoria?
60
8 A Little Southern Hospitality Never Hurt Anyone Much
66
9 Canvassing for Corpuscles
83
10 Moonshine Monsters
97
19 Gore Smorgasbord
160
20 Life After Gore
172
Filmography
183
Index
187
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The late Randy Palmer has written for Fangoria, Cinefantastique and other genre magazines, and was also the author of Paul Blaisdell, Monster Maker (1997, “tremendous”—Fangoria). He lived in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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