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Herschell Gordon Lewis: 1929-2016

The late Herschell Gordon Lewis, the self-proclaimed "Godfather of Gore," was not the first filmmaker to exploit violence for commercial means; if you leaf through the Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, you'll see a few other gory entertainments listed before Lewis’ infamous 1963 feature “Blood Feast” arrived on cinema screens, including "Jigouku" (1960), a surreal Japanese vision of Hell, and "Poor White Trash" (1957), a crude hicksploitation picture.
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