Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the “godfather of gore,” died Monday at 87.
The director of such films as Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs died in his sleep at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida, his spokesman James Saito said.
Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the “splatter film,” which intentionally focused on gore and gruesomeness.
His low-cost, envelope-pushing films unabashedly featured blood, violence and nudity.
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 the modern-day filmmakers who were inspired by Lewis’ work.
Gunn posted his condolences on Twitter and said Lewis “changed cinema.”
RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis, the creator of splatter films & the director of Blood Feast & 2000 Maniacs. He changed cinema. 🔪🙇🏻💦❤️— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) September 26, 2016
Goodnight #herschellgordonlewis . Not the best film-maker I ever met, but certainly not the worst.— Jonathan Ross (@wossy) September 27, 2016
RIP #HerschellGordonLewis Had a date once where the girl showed me Gore Gore Girls as we drank wine. Not quite the best first date but close— Juhani Kenttä (@Juugeli) September 26, 2016
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