Written by John Squires
Another horror icon gone.
As reported by the Something Weird Video Facebook page, the legendary “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis has passed away at the age of 87, and at the time of writing this obituary we don’t yet have any further details about his passing. Gordon Lewis of course earned the nickname “Godfather of Gore” because he pioneered the art of the splatter film, decorating the screen with blood and guts at a time when blood and guts weren’t exactly a staple of the horror genre.
Films like Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, and Wizard of Gore pushed the boundaries of good taste to their absolute limits, and they no doubt paved the way for the extreme acts of violence that made many of us fall in love with horror movies back in the 1980s. In fact, 1963’s Blood Feast is widely considered to be the very first gore film, so HGL no doubt earned the moniker that most horror fans know him by.
After a long hiatus from filmmaking throughout the 80s and 90s, Herschell Gordon Lewis returned to the director’s chair with 2002 sequel Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat, and he more recently directed splatter comedy The Uh-Oh! Show. His latest contribution to the genre is the anthology horror film Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania, which will unfortunately now be released posthumously.
“Very sad news. We’re sad to report that Herschell Gordon Lewis has passed away,” wrote Something Weird Video. “Herschell was a dear friend and colleague of ours and will be missed very much. Our deepest sympathies to his wife Margot and his family. RIP to the Godfather of Gore…”