It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the “godfather of gore” has passed away at the age of 90 years old. His spokesman, James Saito confirmed he passed away in his sleep.
He directed films such as Blood Feast, The Gruesome Twosome, Two Thousand Maniacs, A Taste of Blood, The Wizard of Gore, Colour Me Blood Red and Just for the Hell of It and has been viewed by many as a director who pioneered the horror genre in the 1960’s with his self-financed “splatter films” which intentionally focused on gore and gruesomeness.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 15th June 1929 (some sources state 1926 – making him 90 years old at the time of his passing), Gordon Lewis went on to study journalism in college and became a professor of English literature at Mississippi State University. He then worked for a radio station in Oklahoma before joining an advertising agency in Chicago, where he made TV commercials.
Gordon Lewis’s first film credit came in 1959 with the release of The Prime Time, which he produced, and two years later, he directed his first movie – Living Venus.
He continued directing films for the next decade but took a break after 1972’s The Gore Gore Girls to work in marketing before returning to filmmaking in 2002 with Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat. His last film, Herschell Gordon Lewis’ BloodMania is currently in pre-production.