Herschell Gordon Lewis is a living legend in horror and exploitation cinema. Beginning in the early 1960s, Lewis and his producing partner David F. Friedman made nudist films and nudie cuties before inventing the gore film with BLOOD FEAST in 1963. He took a 30-year hiatus from filmmaking after THE GORE GORE GIRLS in 1972 before returning with BLOOD FEAST 2: ALL U CAN EAT in 2002, and in the decade and a half since then Lewis has seen a widespread appreciation for his work few artists live to enjoy.
Lewis makes an appearance in front of the camera in the new film TERROR TOONS 3, directed by his friend and protégé Joe Castro. The film will be released Friday, August 26th on VOD. Herschell Gordon Lewis sat down for a phone interview with Daily Grindhouse’s Jason Coffman to talk about TERROR TOONS, Joe Castro, and the recent well-deserved recognition of Lewis’s work in horror and exploitation cinema.