‘God­fa­ther of gore’ Herschell Gor­don Lewis dies

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Herschell Gor­don Lewis, the hor­ror film­maker known as the “god­fa­ther of gore”, has died at the age of 87.

He di­rected films such as Blood Feast, The Grue­some Two­some and Two Thou­sand Ma­ni­acs.

Gor­don Lewis died in his sleep at his home in Pom­pano Beach, Florida, his spokesman James Saito con­firmed.

The di­rec­tor pi­o­neered the hor­ror genre in the 1960s known as the “splat­ter film,” which in­ten­tion­ally fo­cused on gore and grue­some­ness.

Blood, vi­o­lence and nu­dity usu­ally fea­tured heav­ily in his films many of which he fi­nanced him­self.

Other hor­ror films di­rected by Gor­don Lewis in­cluded A Taste of Blood, The Wizard of Gore, Colour Me Blood Red and Just for the Hell of It.

John Wa­ters, Robert Ro­driguez, Quentin Tarantino and James Gunn are among the mod­ern-day film­mak­ers who were in­spired by his work.

Gunn posted his con­do­lences on Twit­ter, writ­ing: “RIP Herschell Gor­don Lewis, the cre­ator of splat­ter films and the di­rec­tor of Blood Feast & Two Thou­sand Ma­ni­acs. He changed cin­ema.”

Gor­don Lewis was born in Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia in 1929.

He went on to study journalism in col­lege and be­came a pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish lit­er­a­ture at Mis­sis­sippi State Univer­sity.

The di­rec­tor briefly worked for a ra­dio sta­tion in Ok­la­homa be­fore join­ing an ad­ver­tis­ing agency in Chicago, where he made TV com­mer­cials.

Gor­don Lewis’s first film credit came in 1959 with the re­lease of The Prime Time, which he pro­duced, and two years later, he di­rected his first movie - Liv­ing Venus.

He con­tin­ued di­rect­ing films for the next decade but took a break af­ter 1972’s The Gore Gore Girls to work in mar­ket­ing.

He re­turned to film­mak­ing in 2002 with Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat.

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