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GODFATHER OF GORE Herschell Gordon Lewis Celebrated in 35mm Retrospective Marathon Screening!



The post-modern “gore” film had its innovators—its “Elvis” and its “Beatles”—and these guys changed the face of horror forever in the 1960s. Nobody—but nobody—was going for the guts the way Romero did in Night of the Living Dead… but before even George’s classic black-and-white zombie apocalypse spilled its intestinal fortitude at drive-ins across America… there was Herschell Gordon Lewis and his wild Technicolor splatterfest Blood Feast.

The true “godfather of gore,” H.G. was the evil “Elvis” to Romero’s arty “Beatles,” pioneering cinematic extremes and hard-sell distribution techniques that would be imitated and perfected over nearly 60 years of evolution in horror film. Everyone from John Waters to Peter Jackson was eventually influenced by the raunchy, no-holds-barred grue of H.G.’s incredible, unprecedented body of work, and of course there were sequels and remakes, including Tim Sullivan’s 2001 Maniacs (2005) with Robert Englund. Not to mention Jeremy Kasten’s batshit-crazy reboot of The Wizard of Gore (2007), starring Crispin Glover, Jeffrey Combs and the Suicide Girls.  (Truly a film that, like its predecessor, defies easy classification.) A slick postmodern remake of Blood Feast will bow this year, starring Caroline Williams.

But of course, none of this ever would have been possible without the influence and impact of the originals.  Back in the 60s and 70s, there was simply no precedent for this shit, man.  Working with almost no money and (usually) unprofessional actors, Lewis made lowbrow, low-rent grindhouse horror comedies that scoffed at good taste and went so far over the top in their scenes of graphic mayhem that John Waters himself once said of his idol: “The films of H.G. Lewis are impossible to defend, and therefore he automatically becomes one of the great film directors of all time.”

Seriously, folks… if you’re a young person and you’ve never seen a film directed by H.G. Lewis on the big screen, you’ve not been properly educated. Whether you like it or not.

And that’s all about to be possible.

All at once.

On August 21, just TWO WEEKS from now, the fun boys at Exhumed Films are presenting a marathon retrospective at International House Philadelphia of FIVE CLASSIC Herschell Gordon Lewis films—all on the BIG SCREEN in 35 millimeter!

And that’s not all. H.G. will be at this event personally to speak about his amazing career in cinema. Hot damn, huh? There will be autograph signings, Q & A sessions, an H.G. Lewis sing-along, and much more!

Here is the official line-up for the event, right from the Facebook page:


1963 / 35mm / Dir. HG Lewis / 67 min.

A psychotic caterer murders and dismembers young women in order to complete an ancient ritual and resurrect an evil Egyptian goddess. Widely considered the first true “gore” movie, BLOOD FEAST has had an immeasurable influence on the horror genre.

1964 / 35mm / Dir. HG Lewis / 83 min.

A group of Northern tourists find themselves stranded in a small Southern town, where they are tortured and killed by the town’s citizens as vengeance for Yankee atrocities during the Civil War. 2000 MANIACS! has been called “one of the sickest films ever made” and is by far one of HG Lewis’s most famous and entertaining works.

1965 / 35mm / Dir. HG Lewis / 79 min.

The third film in Lewis’s unofficial “Blood Trilogy,” COLOR ME BLOOD RED tells the tale of a struggling artist who uses his own blood to create the perfect color scheme for his canvases. But once he finds himself weakened from too much loss of plasma, he finds other sources in order to continue his art!

1967 / 35mm / Dir. HG Lewis / 72 min.

The odd Mrs. Pringle runs a wig shop and rents rooms to local college co-eds. When girls from the college begin mysteriously disappearing, suspicion falls on the elderly woman and her mentally handicapped son. Just where is Mrs. Pringle getting all that hair to make her wigs, anyway? Take a wild guess…

1967 / 35mm / Dir. HG Lewis / 95 min.

A popular stage magician, Montag wows his audiences by seemingly stabbing, decapitating, and otherwise mutilating his female assistants in some incredibly realistic illusions. However, an investigative reporter begins to suspect that is more murder than magic in Montag’s act! Although remade in 2007 with weirdo extraordinaire Crispin Glover in the lead, the original WIZARD OF GORE retains its reputation as one of HG Lewis’s most repulsive–and most enjoyable–features.

An event of this nature will probably never happen again; you CANNOT miss this true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Tickets are on sale now, so don’t delay! The H.G. Lewis Gore-A-Thon is sponsored by Jimmy Maslon and Lisa Petrucci of Something Weird Video. CLICK HERE for tickets and details!




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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free



Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!



Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.


KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong



One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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