One of the special events planned for the Frightmare Weekend was the presentation of a lifetime achievement award to the “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis. The low budget filmmaker revolutionized the horror genre with his 1963 film “Blood Feast” which was the beginning of the extreme gore flicks that we all now know and love.
The award was presented by Dallas columnist, G. Noel Gross of CineSchlock-O-Rama, the ceremony began with a screening of the “Blood Feast” trailer to get everyone in the right state of mind. Mr. Lewis then took the stage to speak about his filmmaking experiences and take questions from the crowd.
Herschell Gordon Lewis Lifetime Achievement
“2000 Maniacs” was the result of Lewis and Friedman’s attempt to make a “good” version of what they had done with Blood Feast. Lewis remarked that it remained his favorite film that he has made to date.