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Herschell Gordon Lewis (1929 - 2016)

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Herschell Gordon Lewis (1929 - 2016)

Herschell Gordon Lewis, a horror filmmaker known as the Godfather of Gore, has died at the age of 87, according to multiple news sources.

The Something Weird video website announced his death.

He launched the splatter genre with his movie “Blood Feast” in the 1960s. Many of his movies were shown in drive-in theaters. Some of the films he made include “The Wizard of Gore” and “She-Devils on Wheels.”

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He also made many soft-core erotic films.

Besides being a filmmaker, Lewis taught college literature, worked in radio, and produced and directed TV commercials. He wrote several books on marketing and copywriting.

Many filmmakers were inspired by Lewis including John Waters, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, and James Gunn.

Gunn took to social media on hearing of the death of Lewis and posted a message on Twitter, saying the filmmaker "changed cinema."

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