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On This Day in Horror History: Herschell Gordon Lewis Did What He Does Best

50 years ago the  future master of gut-munching gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis saw what is widely considered his crowning achievement, Two Thousand Maniacs! arrive in theaters. It’s a film that’s always earned mixed reviews (hey, that’s better than a lot of his other flicks!), but it’s also a picture that’s managed to inspire many. In fact, it proved inspirational enough to inspire a sequel/remake/reboot (whatever the hell you want to call it), 2001 Maniacs, which starred genre fan favorite, Robert Englund, and surprised in its ability to thoroughly entertain.

While not a wildly profitable picture, Two Thousand Maniacs! did help continue establishing HGL as the godfather of gore. And the picture did indeed showcase a marked improvement over his most notorious of pics, Blood Feast. At the end of the day it was a career defining moment for Herschell Gordon Lewis, who still to this day occasionally directs another outrageous film.

Respect to you, Mr. Lewis. I hope you’re taking it easy somewhere right now, celebrating this extremely important day, doodling graphic depictions of dismemberment and mutilation.

About The Overseer (2283 Articles)
Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

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