AGFA, the American Genre Film Archive, is resurrecting the films of H.G. Lewis in theatrical form.

The genre archive is opening up 17 of the Godfather of Gore’s films for distribution through DCP, which is a Digital Cinema Package. Don’t know what that is? Simple.

A DCP is essentially the digital version of a 35 mm print – an easy way to get the movies of old that we hold so dearly distributed and played in theaters years after analog media has been removed from most cinemas.

Read the press release below, and if interested, you can find out more about DCP and how to get a hold of one after the release.

From AGFA:

“American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, is honored to announce the theatrical distribution of the filmography of Herschell Gordon Lewis — the “Godfather of Gore.”

In 1963, H.G. Lewis and partner David F. Friedman pulled a cow’s tongue out of an actress’s mouth on-camera, forever changing the horror landscape with BLOOD FEAST, the world’s first gore movie.

The versatile and prolific Lewis was most known for blood-and-guts epics (TWO THOUSAND MANIACS!, THE WIZARD OF GORE), but there’s more to his work than splatter. From smut photographers (SCUM OF THE EARTH) to sex robots (HOW TO MAKE A DOLL), from biker girl-gangs (SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS) to youths run amok (JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT), from psychic witches (SOMETHING WEIRD) to liquor-loving hillbillies (MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN), Lewis’ films are a wish list of movie madness.

AGFA will distribute restorations of Lewis’s work to theaters beginning October 1. This is AGFA’s latest theatrical collaboration following distribution partnerships with Don Coscarelli (PHANTASM), Celestial Pictures (THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN), Arrow Films (DEEP RED), Severin Films (SANTA SANGRE), and Vinegar Syndrome (DOLEMITE).

For the first time ever, all 17 of the following H.G. Lewis titles are available on DCP starting October 1:

  • BLOOD FEAST (1963)
    SCUM OF THE EARTH (1963)
    TWO THOUSAND MANIACS! (1964)
    MOONSHINE MOUNTAIN (1964)
    COLOR ME BLOOD RED (1965)
    A TASTE OF BLOOD (1967)
    THE GRUESOME TWOSOME (1967)
    SOMETHING WEIRD (1967)
    HOW TO MAKE A DOLL (1968)
    JUST FOR THE HELL OF IT (1968)
    SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS (1968)
    ECSTASIES OF WOMEN (1969)
    LINDA & ABILENE (1969)
    THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970)
    BLACK LOVE (1971)
    THIS STUFF’LL KILL YA! (1971)
    THE GORE GORE GIRLS (1972)

To book the films of H.G. Lewis on DCP at your theater, contact us here. “

For more info on what DCP is, follow this link.

Interested in getting one of these classic pieces of gore screened? The link is in the press release, but once again, Contact AGFA here.

RogerEbert.com

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