The self-titled "Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gorgon Lewis is credited with creating the splatter or gore genre of horror movies. Although by today's standard of gore, Lewis's movies are little more than low-budget high-camp quirky exploitation these days. But when he started making his gore movies, nothing the likes of had been seen before. Saturated colours, and buckets of bright red blood, his movies flew under the radar of the MPAA. Who simply weren't prepared for this kind of movie.
Working outside of the system, he usually worked with exploitation producer David F. Friedman. Initially making nudie-cuties, and screw-ball comedies, like The Adventures of Lucky Pierre (1961), a film made for a shoestring budget of $7,500.
Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather Of Gore (2010): A great documentary charting the career of Lewis, and the creation of the gore movie genre. The film gives viewers a fun ride through the mind of the mad genius that is Lewis, as well as the people he worked with. Giving an insight into independent and exploitation film-making of the period, taking you on a journey through the genres of nudie-cuties, roughies and ultimately gore.
Through interview, rare footage, clips and even a recreation of lost footage. The documentary is lovingly handled by exploitation horror writer and director Frank Henenlotter, who credits Lewis's movies as starting him on the path towards becoming a film-maker. Henenlotter himself, has made some classics of 1980s and early 90s horror, with the Basket Case series, Brain Damage and Frankenhooker.