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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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Monster a-Go Go Director
(1965)
(1971)
Blast-Off Girls Director
(1967)
(1968)

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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)
 1966 A Hot Night at the Go Go Lounge! (Short) (uncredited)
 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: "How to Handle Your Own Public Relations" See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

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

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

Way, way back in prehistoric times I saw the original Dracula (1931). Bela Lugosi's watermark on the pages of cinematic history. I recall only a few scenes, plus my insistence that the lights in my bedroom be left on all night long. The motivator had to be purely cosmetic, the way he glowered, plus the strange accent atop brutal word delivery. Some years later I saw this film again and laughed at... See more »

Trivia:

Herschell Gordon Lewis was known as the "godfather of gore". He worked in advertising and financed most of his own films. Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the "splatter film," which focused on gore and gruesomeness. Horror films created by Lewis included "Blood Feast," "Two Thousand Maniacs," "A Taste of Blood," "The wizard of Gore," "The Gruesome Twosome," "She-Devils on ... See more »

Nickname:

Godfather Of Gore

Star Sign:

Gemini

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