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The Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis, died at the spry age of 87.

Filmmakers like John Carpenter, Wes Craven, John Waters and Quentin Tarantino called him “Godfather” as a sign of respect.   Now filmmakers regard that as a very close, a very sacred religious relationship.

When Herschell was first starting out, he was signed to a contract with this studio head. And as his career got better and better, he wanted to get out of it. But the studio head wouldn’t let him. So he went to see this studio head and offered him $10,000 to let him go, but the studio head said no. So the next day, he went back, only this time with Luca Brasi. Within an hour, he had a signed release for a certified check of $1000.

He made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Hersh went on to invent the splatter genre of horror films.  He was less concerned with plot and more into gross-out special effects of astonishing cheapness.  In once scene, a man wakes up next to a horse’s head.  That was hard-core.

He started out making nudie flicks like “Boin-n-g” (An inexperienced producer and director audition and film naked women for a nudie movie. Everything goes wrong.),

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Lewis, scaring the living shit out of his grandchildren.

“Goldilocks and the Three Bares” (Considered the first nudie-musical (filmed in “Buffocolor” and “Seemorescope”) displays scads of female nudity as folks go about their business in a nudist camp, including a ten-minute horseback (bareback) riding scene.) and “The Adventures of Lucky Pierre” (A man imagines that everybody he sees is naked. He goes to see a psychiatrist to see if he can be cured.”)

The he made “2000 Maniacs,” where 1,000 maniac couples each have four kids each, giving rise to the band 10,000 Maniacs.

Or, it’s about Northerners being killed by Southerners who are still sore over the whole Civil-War-thing.  I don’t know.

Hersh went on to make such horror classics as “Blood Feast,” “Color Me Blood Red,” “A Taste of Blood,”  and “Blood Feast II: All you Can Eat.”  Do you see a theme here?

Herschell was scalped with an electric knife.

Of course this hit goes to Gianna!  I would have been disappointed if it didn’t!  She’s now at 60 points, a mere 130 behind the leader!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

PS: Draft night is 11/5 – a mere 37 days away!

Current Standings:

Jami: 190 – (Scott Weiland  – 60, Pat Harrington, Jr. – 20, Umberto Eco – 20, Rob Ford – 60, Erik Bauersfeld – 10, Edward Albee – 20)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 140 (Dolph Schayes – 20, Meadowlark Lemon – 20, Monte Irvin – 10, Muhammad Ali – 30, Pat Summitt – 40, Buddy Ryan – 20)

Joanne: 130 (Joey Feek – 60, Joe Garagiola – 10, Julius La Rosa – 20, Buckwheat Zydeco – 40)

Lee Kwang-Soo (Giraffe): 130- (Daniel Fleetwood – 70, Abe Vigoda – 10, Nancy Fucking Reagan! – 10!, George Martin – 10, Elie Wiesel – 20, Mike “Mighty Atom, Jr.” Greenstein – 10)

The Girl on Fire: 120 (Wayne Rogers – 20, René Angélil – 30, George Gaynes – 10, James Noble – 10, Doris Roberts – 10, Marni Nixon – 20, Fyvush Finkel – 10, Steven Hill – 10)

Harmony: 100 (Harper Lee – 20, George Kennedy – 10, Frank Sinatra, Jr. – 30, Gene Wilder – 20, Arnold Palmer – 20)

Occupy the Casket: 100 – (Natalie Cole – 40, Vanity – 50, Boutros Boutros-Ghali – 10)

Team Sushi: 80 (Chyna, aka Joanie Laurer – 60, Morley Safer – 20)

Gianna: 60 (Robert Stigwood – 20, Lois Duncan – 20, Herschell Gordon Lewis – 20)

Mostly Mike: 60 (Marvin Minsky – 20, Mihaly “Michu” Meszaros – 30, Janet Waldo – 10)

Age of Aquarius: 60 (William Guest – 30, Merle Haggard – 30)

Nathaniel: 50 (Alan Young – 10, Kenny Baker – 20, Glenn Yarbrough – 20)

Mortician’s Daughter: 50 – (Justice Antonin Scalia – 30, Bud Collins – 20)

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