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Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmaker and ‘godfather of gore,' dies at 87

Herschell Gordon Lewis, filmmaker and ‘godfather of gore,' dies at 87
This undated image made from video released by HGB Entertainment Ltd. shows horror filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis. (HGB Entertainment Ltd.)

Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the "godfather of gore," has died. He was 87.

The director of such films as "Blood Feast" and "Two Thousand Maniacs" died in his sleep early Monday, spokesman James Saito said.

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Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the "splatter film," which focused on gore and gruesomeness.

Other horror films created by Lewis included "A Taste of Blood," "The Wizard of Gore," "The Gruesome Twosome," "She-Devils on Wheels" and "Scum of the Earth!"

Lewis worked in advertising and financed most of his own films.

John Waters, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and James Gunn are among filmmakers who were inspired by Lewis' work.

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