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RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis

lewis Horror icon Herschell Gordon Lewis, who directed more than 34 movies between 1961 and 1972 and was affectionately known as the “godfather of gore,” has died. He was 87 years old.
A representative for the filmmaker, who rose to prominence after directing such titles as “Two Thousand Maniacs” and “Blood Feast,” said Lewis “passed away peacefully in his sleep” on in the evening of Sept. 25. Lewis’ rep also confirmed the director had been suffering from congestive heart failure prior to his death.
MSTies will recall that he was the producer, director and screenwriter for the movie in episode 421- MONSTER A GO-GO.

Entertainment Weekly has the story.

Thanks to Paul and Timmy for the heads up.

12 Replies to “RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis”

  1. goalieboy82 says:

    Monster A Go-Go brought us this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dKiaRUKgmA

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  2. Lee says:

    Ah yes, Monster a Go-Go.

    John Waters’s Serial Mom featured a scene from Blood Feast.

       2 likes

  3. goalieboy82 says:

    there was no Herschell Gordon Lewis.

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  4. jaybird3rd says:

    “As if a switch had been turned …”

    RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis, and thanks(?!?) for bringing “Monster a-Go Go” to the public. If nothing else, it made possible one of the most memorable MST3K experiments of all.

       15 likes

  5. Ray Dunakin says:

    Next we’ll hear that “Herschell Gordon Lewis was found alive, well and of normal size 6000 miles away.”

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  6. RPG says:

    Ray Dunakin:
    Next we’ll hear that “Herschell Gordon Lewis was found alive, well and of normal size 6000 miles away.”

    Sheldon Seymour-a-Go-Go.

       5 likes

  7. snowdog says:

    Unbelievable!

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  8. Mibbitmaker says:

    He was out standing in his field.

       4 likes

  9. John Hanna says:

    I would love to see a MSTed version of ‘Blood Feast’.

       3 likes

  10. Cam says:

    :skeleton: :skeleton: :skeleton: :skeleton: :skeleton:

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  11. Howard says:

    I admire(d) Herschell Lewis as much as, or more than, most “great” or “real” directors. He was just a guy who got into the movie business at a time when you could shoot home movies and, if you knew a distributor and if you had the right stuff in your films, you could get them played in theaters. Even though his movies were pretty bad, at best, they were nearly always made with an overriding intelligence & they had good dialogue because Herschell wrote the dialogue himself. :yinyang: He also wrote the most memorable music!

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  12. new cornjob says:

    i just can’t let the “monster-a-go-go” guy go peacefully… :)

    that was the most -balls-to-the-wall- “put that **** OUT!” effort probably of -any- mstied’ movie (even of the ones lately in the front-page cycle, that could have been lost just in office-fires/abandonments/etc)… as far as my remembering any old early “weird cini” catalogs, “monster a-g-g”, “eegah”, “mixed-up zombies”, etc etc – ALL UP FRONT as the -freakiest- ones one must see… though i never caught up on them, almost all for the most part, until mst3k.

    these things were lined up on the early VHS video-rental store shelves, though as a “hick country-boy”, one had to wonder who ever rented such things! takes me back to those early pop-top-VCRs/oversized-satellite-dish days back up in the country… ;0

    HUZZAH, SALUTE SIR HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS!!! another great passes by us… someday soon, we need to start up a “mstie roast” banquet show just to hilight these greats just once more, before they pass like this one! imagine the stories he coulda told if he had a last chance there…

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