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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #204 - THE FILMS OF HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS


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#1 of 20 Brook K

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Posted July 16 2005 - 04:16 AM

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Volume #204 - Herschell Gordon Lewis

Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)
The Gore Gore Girls (1972)
Black Love (1972) (as R.L. Smith)
Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (1971)
... aka The Devil Wears Clodhoppers
The Wizard of Gore (1970)
Miss Nymphet's Zap-In (1970) (as Sheldon Seymour)
Linda and Abilene (1969)
The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
How to Make a Doll (1968)
Just for the Hell of It (1968)
Suburban Roulette (1968)
Alley Tramp (1968) (as Armand Parys)
She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
The Magic Land of Mother Goose (1967)
... aka Santa Visits the Magic Land of Mother Goose
... aka Sarah Visits the Magic Land of Mother Goose
Blast-Off Girls (1967)
The Girl, the Body, and the Pill (1967)
Something Weird (1967)
The Gruesome Twosome (1967)
A Taste of Blood (1967)
... aka The Secret of Dr. Alucard
Jimmy, the Boy Wonder (1966)
Color Me Blood Red (1965)
Monster a-Go Go (1965) (uncredited)
Sin, Suffer and Repent (1965)
Moonshine Mountain (1964)
... aka White Trash on Moonshine Mountain
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
Scum of the Earth (1963)
Bell, Bare and Beautiful (1963)
Goldilocks and the Three Bares (1963)
Blood Feast (1963)
Boin-n-g (1963)
Nature's Playmates (1962)
Daughter of the Sun (1962)
Living Venus (1961)
The Adventures of Lucky Pierre (1961)
The Prime Time (1960) (uncredited)
... aka Hell Kitten

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#2 of 20 Brook K

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Posted July 16 2005 - 04:29 AM

"Godfather of gore". Purveyor of drive-in nudie flicks and "nature" films. Maker of gang and other teensploitation fare. He's no Jack Hill Posted Image, but his place in the cult canon is secure.

1. Two Thousand Maniacs - A- (Gordon's best and most humorous film, about a Southern town who lures unsuspecting Yanks to their doom as revenge for the Civil War)
2. Blood Feast - B+ (Known as the gore film that started it all. It's certainly gory and amusing on the "no budget" level)
3. Bloodfeast 2: All U Can Eat - B (Gordon translates his "style" to the 21st century in a fairly successful manner. Exceeded by very low expectations)
4. Color Me Blood Red - C (Actually uses a C-list "name" actor or two here, but the story is tired and this one isn't much fun)
5. The Gore Gore Girls - F (Even the presence of Henny Youngman can't enliven this dreadfully boring, exceedingly awful movie about a killer terrorizing the local go-go bar, or something)

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#3 of 20 george kaplan

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Posted July 16 2005 - 05:13 AM

I've seen none.
"Godfather of gore".
Those films hold no interest for me.
Purveyor of drive-in nudie flicks
Those actually sound interesting. I'm sure they're bad films, but if you have to watch a bad film, much better one that has something you like to look at (naked girls) than something you hate to look at (gore).
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#4 of 20 Jim_K

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Posted July 16 2005 - 06:31 AM

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HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS (1929 -     )

Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)
The Gore Gore Girls (1972)
Black Love (1972)
Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (1971)
The Wizard of Gore (1970)
Miss Nymphet's Zap-In (1970)
Linda and Abilene (1969)
The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
How to Make a Doll (1968)
Just for the Hell of It (1968)
Suburban Roulette (1968)
Alley Tramp (1968)
She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
The Magic Land of Mother Goose (1967)
Blast-Off Girls (1967)
The Girl, the Body, and the Pill (1967)
Something Weird (1967)
The Gruesome Twosome (1967)
A Taste of Blood (1967)
Jimmy, the Boy Wonder (1966)
Color Me Blood Red (1965)
Monster a-Go Go (1965)
Sin, Suffer and Repent (1965)
Moonshine Mountain (1964)
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) Posted Image Posted Image
Scum of the Earth (1963)
Bell, Bare and Beautiful (1963)
Goldilocks and the Three Bares (1963)
Blood Feast (1963) Posted Image
Boin-n-g (1963)
Nature's Playmates (1962)
Daughter of the Sun (1962)
Living Venus (1961)
The Adventures of Lucky Pierre (1961)
The Prime Time (1960)




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#5 of 20 Bill McA

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Posted July 16 2005 - 06:49 AM

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Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)
The Gore Gore Girls (1972) Posted Image Posted Image
Black Love (1972) (as R.L. Smith)
Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (1971)
The Wizard of Gore (1970) Posted Image
Miss Nymphet's Zap-In (1970)
Linda and Abilene (1969)
The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
How to Make a Doll (1968)
Just for the Hell of It (1968)
Suburban Roulette (1968)
Alley Tramp (1968)
She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
The Magic Land of Mother Goose (1967)
Blast-Off Girls (1967)
The Girl, the Body, and the Pill (1967)
Something Weird (1967)
The Gruesome Twosome (1967)
A Taste of Blood (1967)
Jimmy, the Boy Wonder (1966)
Color Me Blood Red (1965) Posted Image
Monster a-Go Go (1965) (uncredited)
Sin, Suffer and Repent (1965)
Moonshine Mountain (1964)
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Scum of the Earth (1963) Posted Image
Bell, Bare and Beautiful (1963)
Goldilocks and the Three Bares (1963)
Blood Feast (1963) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Boin-n-g (1963)
Nature's Playmates (1962)
Daughter of the Sun (1962)
Living Venus (1961)
The Adventures of Lucky Pierre (1961)
The Prime Time (1960)

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#6 of 20 Brook K

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Posted July 16 2005 - 09:17 AM

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A rather strange director choice from you considering your disparaging comments on Jack Arnold.


You disparaged first with your Jack Hill comments. I love Creature, I just don't see Arnold bringing much to the table directorially. However, I haven't seen the other movies that you and George praised so I haven't continued to harp on it. It was more that he was an easy target and I was feeling defensive rather than any truly negative feelings toward Arnold. I haven't seen enough of his films to know, just like most of you haven't seen Hill's best work.

Plus, I like gory horror movies, even ones in English. Posted Image And living in the South I do get a big kick out of Two Thousand Maniacs. If only it had been made 10 years later and Lewis could have afforded Freebird for the soundtrack, it would be just about perfect.



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The other available H.G. Lewis DVDs are currently on page 2 of my 1707 DVD title Zip list.

I once thought that I'd watch all the available discs, but seeing The Gore Gore Girls rid me of that notion. Maybe someday I'll go back and watch some more, but it will be awhile.

If you do rent the DVD's though, I highly recommend listening to the commentary tracks. They are an interesting history lesson on drive-in/cult movie-making and distribution in the 60's.

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Those actually sound interesting. I'm sure they're bad films, but if you have to watch a bad film, much better one that has something you like to look at (naked girls) than something you hate to look at (gore).


Stuff like Nature's Playmates and Daughter's of the Sun, from what I gather, are little more than home movies shot at nudist clubs. You could get around censorship by selling it along documentary lines.

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I believe I caught Monster A Go-Go on MST3K. Possibly even more inept than Plan 9, if you can believe it.

I believe it. For the most part, Lewis' production values could definitely be described as Ed Woodesque. Blood Feast 2 is better made, it's more along the lines of any Sundance cheapie.
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#7 of 20 SteveGon

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Posted July 16 2005 - 02:29 PM

I think I've seen Blood Feast and The Wizard of Gore. Interested in seeing Two Thousand Maniacs.

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Posted July 18 2005 - 05:08 AM

This thread cracks me up. What a choice. Turns out, as far as I can tell, I've never seen an H.G. Lewis film, but now that he's in my mind, I want to. Can anyone suggest one that is especially offensive, and with lots of gratuitous nudity? Posted Image

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#9 of 20 Brook K

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Posted July 18 2005 - 05:46 AM

I would recommend his best films as being Two Thousand Maniacs and Blood Feast but I can't recall either having much, if any, nudity. If you want to go with gratuitous nudity but incredibly inept and boring, than The Gore Gore Girls could be right up your alley. But I concentrated on his horror films and haven't seen his nudies or gang stuff. If Justin S pops in here he could probably give you a more knowledgeable recommendation.
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#10 of 20 JohnRice

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Posted July 18 2005 - 07:32 AM

Thanks Brook. I just figure if I am going camping, I might as well camp at Yosemite.

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Posted July 18 2005 - 08:03 AM

Ratings on a scale of * to *****:

1: Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) ***½
2: Blood Feast (1963) ***½
3: The Wizard of Gore (1970) **½
4: Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002) **
5: The Gore Gore Girls (1972) *
6: Color Me Blood Red (1965) *

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Would like to pick up the first two eventually.

#12 of 20 Ric Bagoly

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Posted July 20 2005 - 10:09 AM

1. Blood Feast-groundbreaking, revolutionary filmmaking...

2. Two Thousand Maniacs!-hilariously sick good time

3. The Wizard Of Gore-not as good as its remake, Bloodsucking Freaks, but decent

4. The Gruesome Twosome

5. The Gore Gore Girls

6. She-Devils On Wheels-***CRAP*** A bunch of unappealing, unattractive women riding around on motorcycles spouting unfunny dialogue with hardly any gore in sight
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#13 of 20 Joe Karlosi

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Posted July 20 2005 - 10:23 PM

I've seen TWO THOUSAND MANIACS, BLOOD FEAST, GORE GORE GIRLS and WIZARD OF GORE.

TWO THOUSAND MANIACS is his "best" film, as it's a lot of fun and actually has some type of plotline to it. BLOOD FEAST would be the next, as it's also wild and insane. The other two are purely... well,.... "gore shows" with nothing else.

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#14 of 20 Mario Gauci

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Posted July 22 2005 - 12:18 AM

I haven't watched any of Herschell Gordon Lewis' numerous "gorefests", only snippets here and there in trailers and compilations! I've been meaning to pick up some of the Something Weird SE DVDs for the longest time but have always wondered - and sincerely doubtPosted Image - whether his type of film will eventually be to my liking!

#15 of 20 Bill McA

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Posted January 05 2006 - 01:21 PM

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Blood Feast (1963) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image


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Posted March 08 2006 - 02:20 PM

Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The Gore Gore Girls (1972) Posted ImagePosted Image
Black Love (1972) (as R.L. Smith)
Year of the Yahoo! (1972)
This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (1971)
The Wizard of Gore (1970) Posted Image
Miss Nymphet's Zap-In (1970) (as Sheldon Seymour)
Linda and Abilene (1969)
The Ecstasies of Women (1969)
How to Make a Doll (1968)
Just for the Hell of It (1968)
Suburban Roulette (1968)
Alley Tramp (1968) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
She-Devils on Wheels (1968)
The Magic Land of Mother Goose (1967)
Blast-Off Girls (1967)
The Girl, the Body, and the Pill (1967)
Something Weird (1967)
The Gruesome Twosome (1967) Posted ImagePosted Image
A Taste of Blood (1967)
... aka The Secret of Dr. Alucard
Jimmy, the Boy Wonder (1966)
Color Me Blood Red (1965) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Monster a-Go Go (1965) BOMB
Sin, Suffer and Repent (1965)
Moonshine Mountain (1964)
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Scum of the Earth (1963)
Bell, Bare and Beautiful (1963)
Goldilocks and the Three Bares (1963)
Blood Feast (1963) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Boin-n-g (1963)
Nature's Playmates (1962)
Daughter of the Sun (1962)
Living Venus (1961)
The Adventures of Lucky Pierre (1961)
The Prime Time (1960)

#17 of 20 Bill McA

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Posted April 23 2006 - 08:04 AM

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The Gore Gore Girls (1972) Posted Image Posted Image
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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Posted July 26 2006 - 02:38 PM

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The Wizard of Gore (1970) Posted Image

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#19 of 20 Bill McA

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Posted August 06 2006 - 03:27 PM

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Scum of the Earth (1963) Posted Image

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#20 of 20 Michael Elliott

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Posted June 19 2009 - 03:07 AM

Update:

Lowered my rating on THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970) Posted Image
THE GORE GORE GIRLS (1973) Posted ImagePosted Image
Monster a Go-Go (1965) BOMB


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