Tuesday, September 19, 2006

 

A Herschell Gordon Lewis Revival?

Kindly put, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the father of exploitation horror is responsible for some of the worse films ever made. His debut Blood Feast is barely tolerable. The Gore Gore Girls doesn't even register on the radar of low-budget camp. Along the way, along side such works as The Wizard of Gore and Color Me Blood Red, Lewis made a film called 2000 Maniacs (not to be mistaken with musical group 10,000 Maniacs). The frame work of the film is simply an excuse for scenes depicting some of the most depraved ways to kill humans. So, it was not surprising to discover that Eli Roth (director of the similarly themed Hostel) produced a modern sequel/remake of 2000 Maniacs called 2001 Maniacs. Lovers of exploitation horror films should definitely check it out. Tongue is firmly in cheek here; the sex factor is ratcheted up, and the effects are better than in 1964. And it doesn't hurt that "Freddy" himself, Robert Englund stars. However, the weak-of-stomach should stay away. Could this spur a H.G. Lewis revival? With Roth behind it, who knows? This is exactly the kind of cinema trash that filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino have attempted to elevate to cinema treasures.

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