This eye-popping, gore-hounding, moonshine-drinking limited edition release from Arrow Video celebrates the importance of H.G. Lewis in the evolution of the gross-out film and brings together 14 of his most iconic pictures in one spectacular box set.
With two editions available, both loaded with splatterific special features, fans of Lewis will be spoiled for choice so hold on to your cow’s tongue and get ready for some gore!
In 1963, director Herschell Gordon Lewis pulled a cow’s tongue out of an actress’ mouth on camera, and in doing so, changed the landscape of horror cinema forever. That sequence was just one of numerous gruesome gags featured in Blood Feast, the film credited as being the world’s first gore movie. It’s no exaggeration to say that the modern gross-out movies of today owe their very existence to the pioneering efforts of H.G. Lewis.
But whilst Lewis is most widely celebrated for his blood-and-guts epics (Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Wizard of Gore et al.), there’s more to the prolific director than splatter. From tales of sordid photographers (Scum of the Earth) to sex robots (How to Make a Doll), from biker girl-gangs (She-Devils on Wheels) to youths-run-amok (Just for the Hell of It), and from psychic witches (Something Weird) to hard liquor-loving hillbillies (Moonshine Mountain), the filmography of H.G. Lewis reads like a veritable wish-list of exploitation movie madness.
Now, for the first time ever, Arrow Video is proud to present fourteen of the Godfather of Gore’s most essential films (including nine Blu-ray world debuts), collected together at last and packed full of eye-popping bonus content. So put your feet up, pour yourself a glass of good ol’ moonshine, and prepare yourself for a feast – H.G. Lewis style!
Whether it’s the grisliness of Blood Feast and The Wizard of Gore, the racy biker chicks of She-Devils on Wheels or the gun-toting hillbillies of Moonshine Mountain, Herschell Gordon Lewis ticks all of our exploitation boxes. This limited edition Arrow Video release lavishes him with the attention he deserves and gives fans the option to watch 14 of his works in gloriously gory High Definition – nine of which are making their worldwide Blu-Ray debut. But it’s not just the films that make this H.G. Lewis release so astounding – it’s the extras.
Both Shock and Gore: The Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis (limited to just 500 copies, only available from http://www.boxofgore.com/) and The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast (limited to 2,500 copies, only available from http://www.amazon.co.uk/) have a wealth of special features including an additional two bonus Blu-Rays with 1.33:1 versions of five of the films, and a 28-page H.G. Lewis “annual” stuffed full with Lewis-themed activities and archive promotional material, as well as the individual extras that come with the movies. However, the Shock and Gore edition also has a rich range of exclusive extras perfect for the Lewis aficionado such as a 7″ vinyl single featuring select tracks from the Blood Feast score and a fully-illustrated 92-page art book featuring the definitive H.G. Lewis filmography from Nightmare USA author Stephen Thrower.
Made by fans for fans, the movie extras include discussions by top film scholars and critics, interviews with Lewis and his collaborators and so much more. You’re sure to learn something you didn’t know about the Godfather of Gore as you see the films presented like never before.
This limited edition collection is the definitive H.G. Lewis package, giving you a good dollop of gore with your morning moonshine.
Shock and Gore: The Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis: Limited to 500 copies, only available from http://www.boxofgore.com/
The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast: Limited to 2500 copies, available exclusively through http://www.amazon.co.uk/