Horror fans ALL know Herschell Gordon Lewis as the Godfather of Gore! With an ever growing fanbase for his gore classics 'Blood Feast', '2000 Maniacs', 'Color Me Red', and dozens of other features, Herschell proves he's still as relevant as ever to all his new-found fans. Our new staffer Elaine caught up with the man himself for our loyal Icons Of Fright readers. Check it out! - by Elaine Lamkin. 2/06
IoF: What are your earliest recollections of the horror genre? What was the first film you remember really scaring or having an impact on you?
It had to be the original "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi. An indication of societal change is that six-year-olds now laugh at that film.
IoF: You were a teacher of English Literature early in your career. How did this eventually lead to making movies?
IoF: Have you had the chance to screen the new remake version of "2001 Maniacs"? I saw footage screened at last year's Fangoria Weekend of Horrors convention and the crowds seemed to love it.
I know nothing about that film and haven't seen it.
IoF: Was there ever any litigation or attempt to file criminal charges against you for your gore films?
Litigation, no. Threats, plenty. Some of my movies still are banned in strange places. I'm told that just last year Australia banned "The Gore-Gore Girls" - which had been showing there for thirty years.
IoF: You are considered, let me quote the IMDb, "arguably the best-known direct response writer and consultant in the United States." So share with us, Granddaddy of Gore, what do we have to do in order for Icons of Fright to take over the world?
Easy! Tailor your product for the logical audience, not for your adoring family and friends. While you're at it, respect budget.
IoF: At the most recent Chiller convention, you were reunited with several of the cast members from "Two Thousand Maniacs!" How did that feel - like old home week or "My God! Has that much time gone by?"
It was heartwarming.
IoF: What is your opinion on the current state of horror films? All of the remakes and films being rated PG-13. Do you think it's time someone stepped in and really shook things up? Returned us to the "good old days" of horror when everything didn't rely on CGI and teenagers?
If we make "Grim Fairy Tales" we'll add a notch to the horror film belt. Yes, too many contemporary films are either thin, repetitive, or derivative.
IoF: What do you consider the most important element in a good horror film?
Keeping the audience off-balance. That's why unrelieved horror, without humor-breaks, isn't a contemporary approach to horror film entertainment.
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