Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore [2010]

This is a very informative documentary which covers Herschell Gordon Lewis’s filmography show casing all of his films, paying particular attention to his gore films.  It also features many legendary filmmakers such a David Friedman, Doris Wishman, Bunny Yeager, and John Waters.  The filmmakers, cast and crew members, and film historians discuss the legacy of Herschell the Great through a series of interviews, commentary on behind the scenes footage, and commentary on clips from his films.  This documentary also explores his personal and his business relationships with David Friedman, which is interesting because Friedman too is legendary in the world of exploitation films.  This is a very well made, well-informed documentary which documents a classic era in filmmaking that may never be again.  Lewis set a new standard for horror and exploitation filmmaking whose influence is deep-rooted and far-reaching.

Directors:  Frank Henenlotter &  Jimmy Maslon


Striperland [2011]

This film is a spoof of zombieland and a tribute to other classics, which turned out to be a comedic blood soaked adventurous film.  A virus, whose origins unknown (yet curiously and hilariously speculated) infects women and turns them in to blood thirsty stripper zombies.  The zombie strippers go on a rampage killing all men in sight and consuming their flesh.  This film’s cast contains a hilarious mix of unique survivors who are all very excentric in their own ways causing the film to be filled with irreverent humor and hilarious one liners.  The plot focuses around a group of four survivors who are headed to Portland, Oregon, stripper capital of the world, in order to meet up with Granbo for safe refuge, and hot fresh home-baked goods.  This film is for you if you enjoy blood soaked women gnawing on the innards of their male victims.

Director:  Sean Skelding