Herschell Gordon Lewis

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I saw Blood Feast last night and this guy's "touch" with actors/casting makes Ed Wood look like Kazan.

Dr Morbius, Saturday, 11 April 2009 16:32 (twelve years ago) link

blood feast is the very first of its kind, so can be excused certain technical etc shortcomings. later Lewis is a little more polished. producer dave friedman has a gd claim to be the equal 'auteur' of BLOOD FEAST - over-determined gore effects aside, the lewis/friedman movies have much more in common w/ slipshod nudie cuties, roughies, general exploitation sleaze than horror flicks

Ward Fowler, Saturday, 11 April 2009 18:49 (twelve years ago) link

I've never seen any of his movies, but I can testify thatThe Eye Popping Sounds of Herschell Gordon Lewis is worthy of purchase.

ZS1983 (Z S), Saturday, 11 April 2009 18:51 (twelve years ago) link

wizard of gore is great

prefer this guy to lots of other guys

Just one thing I was thinking about as I was getting on the copter (J0hn D.), Saturday, 11 April 2009 19:08 (twelve years ago) link

2000 Maniacs! is much funnier than Blood Feast--sort of The Beverly Hillbillies with severed limbs.

clemenza, Saturday, 11 April 2009 23:24 (twelve years ago) link

that was on right after, but it was 3:15am.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 14 April 2009 22:38 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

My friend had a movie watching party at his house one Sunday afternoon and for some reason paired The Killing of Sister George with 2000 Maniacs. I had seen both before but never back to back.
I agree I thought it was funnier than Blood Fest but Something Weird is my fave.

*tera, Sunday, 17 July 2011 00:02 (ten years ago) link

I think it's funny that HGL gets a shoutout in Juno.

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 July 2011 01:35 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...

Oh, shit. And they just released an enormous retrospective Blu-ray set of his stuff!

Suddenly...Soup! (Old Lunch), Monday, 26 September 2016 16:59 (five years ago) link

five months pass...
four years pass...

Finally got around to watching A Taste of Blood, his two-hour 1967 vampire-themed shocker set in Miami and London. It's unfortunate that just at the time he gets a decent-ish cast of actors he seems to lose his sense of pacing and tension, resulting in uncharacteristic tedium. (Tbf I don't think HGL himself rates this one either). But - this may be a specific thing - I can still derive some enjoyment from looking at the backgrounds, which are full of typical accoutrements of 1960s South Florida. Things like jalousie windows, a distinctive kind of patio furniture, roughly paved roads that lead into scrubland. Interiors have that look of an older person's gloss on midcentury modern - the same look I see in Frank Sinatra's Tony Rome, for one example. In A Taste of Blood you have to be willing to look at these vintage Miami interiors a lot - even when the scene switches to London you're still looking at Miami interiors.

Also rewatched She-Devils on Wheels which is funnier and more outrageous than I remembered it.

Josefa, Wednesday, 28 July 2021 14:09 (one month ago) link


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