|Herschell Gordon Lewis with my wife Deborah Lynn Murphy|
I have been a fan of horror movies all of my life and I have always respected Herschell as an innovator. His low-budget exploitative film "Blood Feast" initiated the "gore" subgenre and paved the way for films like "Night of the Living Dead." Generally speaking, I am not a fan of gore for the sake of gore, but I really enjoyed Herschell's film "2000 Maniacs," a twisted version of the musical"Brigadoon," about a Confederate town that reappears 100 years so that the inhabitants can take revenge on Yankees. Herschell infused the film with a certain goofy, maniacal gleeful charm that kept the proceedings entertaining throughout.
Rest in peace, Herschell. I'm glad I had the chance to meet you.
You will find considerably less gore in my book "The Promise, or the Pros and Cons of Talking with God" than Herschell's films. Be sure to check it out: