Celebrity Birthday of the Day – June 15

herschellgordonlewisAlthough he wasn’t nearly as prolific as Roger Corman, Herschell Gordon Lewis definitely belongs to the same school of filmmaking, having gained a reputation for creating exploitation and gore films on the cheap in the B-movie boom of the 1960s. Lewis got his start in advertising and directed several TV commercials before moving into feature film production. His first film venture was The Prime Time in 1959, and shortly thereafter he began to make numerous low-budget exploitation films with producer David F. Friedman, including Living Venus in 1961. Other notable HGL films include Scum of the Earth!, Two Thousand Maniacs!, Monster A Go-Go, Color Me Blood Red, A Taste of Blood, The Girl, the Body, and the Pill, She-Devils on Wheels, The Wizard of Gore, and The Gore Gore Girls. One of his most famous films is undoubtedly the atrocious Blood Feast, which has a bit of a cult following these days. Herschell Gordon Lewis turns 84 today.


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