Herschell Gordon Lewis, Chicago’s ‘Godfather of Gore,’ Dead at 90


Chicago can lay claim to many important firsts, from skyscrapers to Cracker Jack. One local contribution that’s not likely to make it into any tourism brochures is the “gore” film–think slasher movies, but with even more blood and guts.

Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Chicago man considered the Godfather of Gore, died Monday at age 90. Lewis's death prompted us to go back to the vault for Jay Shefsky's 2005 profile of the cult figure. 

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Before watching the video, however, a warning: while we've tried to edit this tastefully, Lewis' nickname is, after all, the Godfather of Gore.


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