Mr. Schell Gordon Lewis was often „Godfather of Gore“ called and he turned the first splatter film history. Now the US filmmaker is aged 87 Years died. The director of films „Blood Feast“ and „Two Thousand Maniacs!“ died at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida, his spokesman said James Saito.
H.G.Lewis had with his Blood Trilogy (Blood Feast (1963), 2000 Maniacs! (1964) und Color Me Blood Red (1965)) invented the splatter / gore subgenre early 60s. For his first film „The Prime Time“ (1959) Lewis worked as a producer. Then he began, to work as a director. With „Blood Feast“ he turned the first splatter film in history. His films, which originated with low production costs, turned to blood, Violence and nudity. With Blood Feast Lewis attacked the high culture of the cinema at; his film, where an Egyptian caterer Women kill, them for obscure rituals Eating to process, made at the time, almost without exception for outrage. With Herschell Gordon Lewis gentility was over.
Already in the TRAILER to „Blood Feast“ the audience was warned: Who devices easily from the socket or have heart problems, may now leave the hall; also for children and pregnant women should, which can be seen now, not suitable. A bumbling affront to the fine spirit was the, in every way an amateur work, to say nothing of the writer quite. Probably all true, but it paved the way for a bubbly before productivity grindhouse scene, without which there would not be someone like Quentin Tarantino today. In H.G.Lewis film it went to the point, not only injected the glowing red fake blood on the canvas, also were fortified- and unsuspecting victims - mostly Boy, pretty, mostly scantily clad women - of a certain Fuad Ramses, the owner of a small Egyptian catering services, except downright with a long butcher knife. Everything was to be seen and the injury and dismemberment of the human body is no longer a taboo in the film.
the 1929 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-born director was aware of the disturbing effect of the violence and he put them, that was his actual discovery, their Schauwertes because a. Only it came to him, moral doubts about his actions he had not. came to film the trained journalist was rather quiet. After graduation, he taught English literature at the Mississippi State University, but bored quickly with his students, he began to work for radio and television and turned finally some erotic- and softcore movies. He understood, that with low production costs, but huge display values â€‹â€‹good money was. He finally came to the explicit, certain extent pornografisierten violence of all-show.
on „Blood Feast“ followed other violent excesses, „Scum of the Earth!“ (1963), „A Taste of Blood“ (1966), „The Gruesome Twosome“ (1967), „She-Devils on Wheels“ (1968) and „The Wizard of Gore“ (1970). In the 70s, Lewis worked in the advertising industry, not until the new millennium he turned to filmmaking and turned „Blood Feast 2“ (2002) as well as „The Uh-Oh Show“ (2009). The horror comedy „BloodMania“, where he last worked, could he not unfortunately finish. Although Lewis arrived with its splatter orgies never in mainstream cinema, he influenced but a number of important directors, most notably John Waters, Roberto Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and James Gunn. Mach’s gut, Herschell – and thank you for the massive blood!