RIP Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis


LISTEN TO HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS on our podcast from last year!.

Herschell Gordon Lewis was a maverick, the man behind what is arguably the very first splatter movie of all time, Blood Feast. The film crashed barriers and changed perceptions of the horror genre forever.

Any time an eyeball is impaled, a throat slit or a belly eviscerated, we have the “Godfather of Gore” Herschel Gordon Lewis to thank for it.

Lewis’s low budget movies were groundbreaking. Without his “low brow shlock” as the stupid Guardian put it, we wouldn’t have the likes of Maniac, The Burning, or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. That’s something to ponder as we approach Halloween. Fans of genre film are forever in his debt.


Jeff from this site had a chance to speak to the legend from his home in Florida last year for our podcast. We urge you to check it out, and check out his films.

Published by Really Awful Movies

Genre film reviewers covering horror and action films. Books include: Mine's Bigger Than Yours! The 100 Wackiest Action Movies and Death by Umbrella! The 100 Weirdest Horror Movie Weapons.

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