GODFATHER OF GORE Herschell Gordon Lewis Celebrated in 35mm Retrospective

The true “godfather of gore,” H.G. was the evil “Elvis” to Romero’s arty “Beatles,” pioneering cinematic extremes and hard-sell distribution techniques that would be imitated and perfected over nearly 60 years of evolution in horror film. Everyone from John Waters to Peter Jackson was eventually influenced by the raunchy, no-holds-barred grue of H.G.’s incredible, unprecedented body of work, and of course there were sequels and remakes, including Tim Sullivan’s 2001 Maniacs (2005) with Robert Englund. Not to mention Jeremy Kasten’s batshit-crazy reboot of The Wizard of Gore (2007), starring Crispin Glover, Jeffrey Combs and the Suicide Girls.  (Truly a film that, like its predecessor, defies easy classification.) dreadcentral.com

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