Herschell Gordon Lewis Tribute

Titles: Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather Of Gore and Two Thousand Maniacs!

Location: Silent Movie Theatre, 611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

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Description: As part of its 3rd Annual Halloween Horror Film Fest, the Cinefamily presents this double bill tribute to H.G. Lewis, the first exploitation filmmaker to make a name for himself by using graphic gore effects.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore – 8:00pm
Frank Henenlotter, one of our favorite HFS directors and the man behind classics like Basket Case and Brain Damage, is back with the definitive portrait of Herschell Gordon Lewis, one of the godfathers of exploitation movies! Featuring John Waters, drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs, Lewis’s legendary early producer David F. Friedman, Herschell himself, and testimony from the people who were actually there! You’ll witness Lewis’s beginnings in the bare-naked innocent era of “nudie cuties,” just before he shocked the world with Blood Feast, the first ever gore film — and then you’ll be treated to a madcap whirl of his notorious, controversial career, featuring Two Thousand Maniacs!, She-Devils On Wheels, Blast-Off Girls, Just For The Hell Of It and the incredible The Wizard Of Gore! Experience a decade of motion picture madness, with tons of film clips, rare outtakes, and unintentional hilarity, as The Godfather of Gore leaves you laughing and screaming at some of the most amazing movies to ever play American theaters! Director Frank Henenlotter and producer Mike Vraney will be here in person for a Q&A in-between the films!
Dirs. Frank Henenlotter & Jimmy Maslon, 2010, 106 min.

Two Thousand Maniacs! – 10:00pm
This indisputable masterwork from H.G. Lewis pits a carload of Yankee tourists (including Playboy pinup Connie Mason, one of our finest American worst actresses) against an entire town of vengeful Southerners with a bloody supernatural secret. Lewis’s follow-up to the smash hit Blood Feast finds just the right mixture of black humor, infectious music, and harrowing bloodshed, with three murder scenes involving a switchblade, a boulder, and the world’s nastiest barrel roll that have all become iconic horror moments. Audiences had no idea what to expect when this gore-sprayed sickie unspooled at drive-ins across the country, and today it still remains a shocking, unforgettable experience, despite its influence on everything from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to a pair of recent sequel/remakes. Still, there’s nothing quite like this deep-fried, banjo-pluckin’ original to get your feet tappin’ and the blood pumpin’.
Dir. Herschell Gordon Lewis, 1964, 35mm, 87 min.

Date: October 12 at 8pm