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Favourite Five Series: HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS

Posted in Favourite Five Series, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2013 by goregirl

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You have no idea how difficult it was to compile this list of favourite five! Herschell Gordon Lewis has directed 36 feature films to date. The majority of Mr. Lewis’ film entries are not actually horror but it is what the director has become best known for. He isn’t called The Godfather of Gore for nothing; Herschell Gordon Lewis earned that title! Mr. Lewis did not just make horror films; he made gore-laden extravaganzas! Horror films that turn the stomach of the queasy and please me immensely! It was actually director John Waters that turned me on to Herschell Gordon Lewis but as a lifelong horror fan it was his genre films that I first seeked out. After having seen twenty-four of his 36 films it is still his horror entries that appeal to me most. This is definitely a list heavy in horror with four of my five choices being his deliciously nasty genre films! Besides the gore, one of the most endearing qualities of Mr. Lewis’ genre films is his always present tongue in cheek humour. Lewis has a wicked sense of humour that adds an additional layer of entertainment to my viewings! I would like to give an extra special mention to the following Lewis’ flicks that were short-listed but did not make the final cut; She-Devils on Wheels, Bell, Bare and Beautiful, The Gruesome Twosome, Moonshine Mountain and The Alley Tramp. And an extra extra special mention to Something Weird and Two Thousand Maniacs that were particularly difficult to leave off of this list!

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BLOOD FEAST (1963)

Blood Feast was my first foray into the work of Herschell Gordon Lewis and it will always have a special place in my heart. Great gore, creative kills, tongue in cheek humour, an outrageous unforgettable killer and a blood-thirsty Egyptian Goddess named Ishtar makes for an excessively entertaining 60ish minutes! It is the film that earned Lewis his nickname The Godfather of Gore and was one of the first of its kind in North America. To read my full review click here.

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THE WIZARD OF GORE (1970)

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I could only find one trailer for The Wizard of Gore and it was abruptly cut off at the end so I decided to go with its fantastic poster! The Wizard of Gore is a wonderfully nasty little film that like all of Mr. Lewis’ films delivers on its title. Ray Sager has been featured in several Herschell Gordon Lewis films but this performance is his Pièce de résistance! Montag the Magnificent is a magician with a particularly graphic and horrifying stage show. He appears to kill a member of the audience during each show but at the end of the act the “volunteer” takes her bow and leaves seemingly unscathed. It’s an illusion! Or is it? Television talk show host Sherry and her reporter boyfriend Jack intend to find out. That is one hell of a premise and if that isn’t enough Montag is a master hypnotist! The flippant and eccentric lead performance from Ray Sager as Montag alone makes The Wizard of Gore worthy of being on my list. Montag is indeed The Wizard of Gore and brings heaps of gooey and grotesque theatrics to his dastardly stage show! And hot damn does this sonofabitch have a finale! Absolutely without a doubt my favourite finale in any Lewis film! It had been several years since I seen The Wizard of Gore and I had forgotten what a Goretacular Spectacular it really was! I will be adding The Wizard of Gore to the home collection post-haste!

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THE GORE GORE GIRLS (1972)

My namesake The Gore Gore Girls is a big time favourite and was a must for this list. Its cheeky humour, its droll and devilishly sarcastic lead character Abraham Gentry and its graphic, creative gore make this a re-watchable classic of the first order. To read my full review click here.

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SCUM OF THE EARTH (1963)

This was only my second viewing of Scum of the Earth; it is the only film on this list I can say that about. This certainly will not be my last viewing of Scum of the Earth! Scum of the Earth is one of several films watched during this Something Weird feature with a sleazy show business premise; this time it is the world of modelling. Kim Sherwood, a young woman in need of funds is lured into the “easy-money” world of modelling. Initially she poses for cutesy shots in dresses and bathing suits but is soon being blackmailed into posing nude. David F. Friedman who collaborated with Herschell Gordon Lewis on several films refers to Scum of the Earth on the commentary for Blood Feast as being one of the first “roughies”. While certainly not as rough as what was to come later in the decade from Michael Findlay, Anton Holden and others it was nonetheless considerably more biting than the nudie cuties made up to that point. “Roughies” put simply are exploitation films that contain sex and violence. Between my 1960s horror feature and what I have seen during this Something Weird journey, there is no doubt about it, Scum of the Earth was a front-runner in this sub-genre. It is a wholly captivating watch with some solid performances, particularly from Lewis Mainstay William Kerwin whose photographer character Harmon Johnson is my favourite of all his roles. It was also a riot seeing Mal Arnold (aka Fuad Ramses) looking normal as creepy character Larry. Scum of the Earth is one of Lewis’ most attractive and stylish films and features one of my very favourite finales in any of his efforts. Scum of the Earth is another ground-breaking film from Herschell Gordon Lewis and an absolute must see!

David posted a very cool set of images for the Scum of the Earth comic. Below is just a taste; click here for the full set.

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For more images from Scum of the Earth click here.

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BLOOD FEAST 2: ALL U CAN EAT (2002)

I love and adore Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat. This marked a return to film for the director after a thirty year absence! I almost left this off the list based on the fact that it was not a Something Weird title but this is a favourite five for Herschell Gordon Lewis not Something Weird Video. As a fan of the original I was extremely cynical going into this one. Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat is no longer Fuad Ramses story but his Nephew’s Fuad Ramses III who is taking over the family catering business. Like his Uncle he intends to honour Ishtar and has in fact become possessed by the the blood-thirsty Egyptian Goddess. Ramses is asked to cater a wedding and the wedding party immediately begins disappearing. The world’s daftest cop is on the case! And guess what? He also happens to be the groom! The Godfather of Gore pulls out all the stops in this one! There is an unbelievable amount of gore and carnage in Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat! There are prolonged scenes of organ and entrail fondling and some downright dastardly displays that even had Goregirl crinkling her nose! Oh-oh, I am talking in the third person again; this is not good. Low on budget, high on gore and some of the most over the top acting I have seen in a while. It is also hilarious! There are a ton of one-liners and various corniness that tickled me pink! Misti Morning? Laci Hundees? Oh boy! Look for the lingerie party and the adding machine gag; two of my favourite non-gore moments! Oh and let us not forget random dead guy!! Oh what a treat this film is! The original Blood Feast and Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat; it is a Christmas double feature you can watch with the whole family! A duo that will have the kids screaming for their own Egyptian Banquet! Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat is an under-appreciated gem of a sequel! Super gory! Super Cheesy! Super funny! And just fecking Super!

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The Gore Gore Girls (1972) – The Dungeon Review!

Posted in horror, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , on December 13, 2013 by goregirl

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How is it that I have not reviewed Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1972 film The Gore Gore Girls before now?! The film from which I nabbed my online moniker is a goretastic, gratuitous and ghastly eyeful that truly lives up to its name! It is excessive, it is disgusting and it is often funny as hell!

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The Gore Gore Girls opens with stripper Suzy Cream Puff fussing in the mirror and an unseen black-gloved assailant bashes her face into the mirror over and over and over again. Just for the hell of it TheY mutilate her face and pluck an eye out and then jams it back in. It is a big gory mess and that ain’t remotely the biggest gory mess in The Gore Gore Girls!

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This is super private dick extraordinaire Abraham Gentry! Gentry is offered $25,000 by Nancy Weston; a reporter for The Globe. He gets another $25,000 if he discovers who the killer is. Gentry is smug, sarcastic and wonderfully arrogant and unlikable! He definitely puts the “dick” in private dick!

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Gentry visits the strip club where Suzy Cream Puff had worked and speaks to Ginny. Ginny gives Gentry a fair amount of insight on the dead stripper who wanted to be an actress and was stripping to pay the rent. Suzy apparently had a fervent fan who offered her a significant sum of money which she mocked openly. It just so happens that the cheque was kept in the club cashbox. Ginny produces the cheque complete with address and Gentry has his first suspect; Joseph Carter! Gentry also manages to make a sworn enemy of the strip club waitress.

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Gentry questions a drug addict about Joseph Carter as Nancy looks on. With a little cash, the addict is prompted to give Gentry the information he needs.

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Gentry and Nancy head to the home of Candy Cane. Gentry sure has a nice car! Little do they know that they will find Candy Cane’s corpse! Candy Cane likes to blow bubblegum bubbles! She is killed mid-bubble which fills up with blood. Again the killer makes an unholy mess of her face. No picture…I have got to leave some gory details for your own viewing!

“A friend of mine stepped into some trouble and seems to have lost face.”

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Gentry heads to another strip club called “Tops and Bottoms” where he notices Grout a bartender, bouncer, and general help sort of guy who likes to smash fruit to relieve tension. Apparently he is a war vet who also liked to smash people’s heads; and we have suspect number two! Gentry also gets Nancy excessively drunk to keep her out of trouble and out of his way.

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A bunch of angry protesting women show up and rush the stage during Miss Lola Prize’s act. The women’s group is led by Mary McHenry; suspect number trois! Gentry takes Lola back to her apartment and questions her.

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Poor Lola Prize gets a particularly nasty beating while still alive. “This one had her ass beaten in.” The city’s stupidest cop Lieutenant Anderson is fooled by Gentry into going on an irrelevant path. Gentry than pays the other cops to give him information first. Anderson REALLY is an idiot!

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This gal is attacked while ironing. Her throat is slashed and then her face is seared with an iron. She is than laid down and the iron is applied to her face until she is completely blackened. Than her nipples are cut off with a pair of scissors and two champagne glasses are filled with her breast milk! Her friend/roommate comes in and has her face deep-fried! At this point I would like to refer you to yesterday’s GIF of hysterical screaming lady who goes completely out of her freaking mind at the sight of these two gals!

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Mr. Marzdone Mobile played by Henny Youngman owns most of the city’s strip clubs and makes his headquarters in the largest of the establishments. He decides to hold an amateur stripper contest as business has been a little precarious between the women’s protest groups and the murders!

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Gentry gets Nancy Weston very drunk…AGAIN! Gentry provokes Nancy into entering the amateur stripping contest which she wins!

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At this point Gentry leaves a very drunk Nancy as bait for the killer who does indeed turn up! When you think it is all over, the film continues for several more minutes as we are given a play by-play of the killer’s motive and how Gentry figured out who did it. Normally I don’t like over-explained endings but this is some pretty funny stuff. It is one outrageous explanation!

A friend and myself became completely obsessed with John Waters in the mid-90s. We bought or rented all of his films and several books by and about the director. We made it our goal to check out everything and anything that influenced Waters. One of those Waters influences was Herschell Gordon Lewis. I was a horror fan from childhood and was weened on the horror of the 50s and 60s. The horror films were my dad’s influence who was a huge horror and science fiction fan but he never introduced me to Herschell Gordon Lewis! My friend and I started with Blood Feast which we loved and moved on to The Wizard of Gore which was equally entertaining and then it was The Gore Gore Girls. We invited a small group over for The Gore Gore Girls as we had been especially entertained by Mr. Lewis resume thus far! Our friends were mortified! One of my cohorts exclaimed that I would forever be known to him as Goregirl. I first used the name when I started selling stuff on Ebay in the late 90s as GoreGirlGear. This recent excursion through Lewis Land has reinvigorated the Goregirl in me! I will definitely need to revisit and review some of my gory favourites in the new year to share with you all! As you can see from the images I included this is a sketchy looking DVD copy but it still looks better than what I had on VHS. I can’t believe I did not include The Gore Gore Girls on my favourite films of 1972! Granted, it is not technically as sound or nearly as pretty as a film like What Have they Done to Solange? but I have watched The Gore Gore Girls a hell of a lot more times than Solange! Frankly I need a good spanking for not including it on that list. Lewis has a great sense of humour about his horror films, and his films in general. He always includes cheesy one-liners and The Gore Gore Girls is full of them. Hell, this one even comes with an appearance from comedian Henny Youngman! The Gore Gore Girls was Lewis’ last horror film, and his last film period until 2002 when he returned to filmmaking with the fantastic underappreciated sequel to Blood Feast; Blood Feast 2: All You Can Eat. I have watched a good chunk of H.G. Lewis’ 36 directorial efforts and have enjoyed almost every last one of them. Lewis really pushed the limits of what was acceptable and certainly upped the ante in regards to the levels of gore included in film with Blood Feast in 1963. North American audiences never seen anything like Blood Feast! Not too many folks have seen anything like any of Mr. Lewis horror films frankly! They are tacky, corny, gross and ridiculous. They are also, clever, shocking, funny and full of heart. I have had an unbelievably good time revisiting the films of Herschell Gordon Lewis for this feature and my namesake The Gore Gore Girls has been one of the most entertaining of the lot! Highly recommended! There will be lots more Herschell Gordon Lewis fun to come before the month is through!!

Dungeon Rating: 4/5

Directed By: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Starring: Frank Kress, Amy Farrell, Hedda Lubin, Henny Youngman, Russ Badger, Jackie Kroeger, Nora Alexis, Phil Laurenson, Frank Rice, Corlee Bew, Emily Mason, Lena Bousman, Marina Salli, Norman Dachman, Menda MacPhail

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Fun with GIFs: The Gore Gore Girls

Posted in Fun with GIFs, horror, movies, Something Weird Video, USA with tags , , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by goregirl

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GIFs for Mr. Herschell Gordon Lewis’ 1972 film The Gore Gore Girls; the film from wence my online moniker came. I will have a review for this ghastly delight tomorrow. Warning…offensively gory images will be included!

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Strippers around the city have been found dead and horribly mutilated. At the end of this segment a group of angry female protesters lead by Mary McHenry rush the stage.

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Hysterical Screaming lady has one of the most ridiculously over the top reactions to murder ever to grace celluloid. This scene never fails to make me laugh. This is just a nibble from the scene which is much lengthier.