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Herschell Gordon Lewis (1926–2016)

Only one film-maker can claim the title "Godfather of Gore." That peculiar but apt identification seems to be the exclusive property of Herschell Gordon Lewis. With an unusual background that included teaching English Literature to college students, producing and directing television commercials, and voicing radio and television commercials, ... See full bio »

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Known For

Two Thousand Maniacs!
Blood Feast
Blood Feast Director
Color Me Blood Red
The Wizard of Gore


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 1971 Black Love (as R.L. Smith)
 1970 Miss Nymphet's Zap-In (as Sheldon Seymour)
 1969 Linda and Abilene (as Mark Hansen)
 1969 The Ecstasies of Women (as Mark Hansen)
 1968 The Alley Tramp (as Armand Parys)
 1965 Sin, Suffer and Repent (Documentary)
 1965 Color Me Blood Red (as Herschell G. Lewis)
 1965 Monster a-Go Go (uncredited)
 1963 Scum of the Earth (as Lewis H. Gordon)
 1963 Bell, Bare and Beautiful (as Lewis H. Gordon)
 1963 Goldilocks and the Three Bares (as Lewis H. Gordon)
 1963 Blood Feast
 1963 Boin-n-g (as Lewis H. Gordon)
 1962 Nature's Playmates (as Lewis H. Gordon)
 1962 Daughter of the Sun (as Lewis H. Gordon)
 1961 The Adventures of Lucky Pierre (as Lewis H. Gordon)
 1961 Living Venus
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Other Works:

Book: "Direct Mail Copy That Sells!" See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 5 Print Biographies | 6 Interviews | 5 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Lewis H. Gordon | Mark Hansen | Marvin Lester | H.G. Lewis | Herschell G. Lewis | Georges Parades | George Parades | Armand Parys | Armand Pays | Francis X. Ploitation | Marvin Lester Schmidt | Sheldon S. Seymour | Sheldon Seymour | Seymour Sheldon | R.L. Smith


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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I've often compared Blood Feast (1963) to a Walt Whitman poem; it's no good, but it was the first of its kind. See more »


Heads his own advertising and consulting firm, Communicomp, based in Plantation Florida. Writes a regular series of articles, "Copy That Sells", for Direct Marketing magazine, and is the copywriting columnist for Catalog Age. See more »


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