The Gore Gore Girls. 1972. USA. Directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. DCP. 81 min.
“Although Herschell Gordon Lewis did make three more films between 2002 and 2017, The Gore Gore Girls in 1972 was the end of his most, shall we say…productive period. Although a purveyor of ‘nudie cuties,’ Lewis was known as The Godfather of Gore. The promotional materials for his films—and the movies themselves, with titles such as Color Me Blood Red and Two Thousand Maniacs!—tormented young people across the South beginning with Blood Feast in 1963. The torment was removed by laughing at the films at Club 57. And Lewis laughed too; he showed up at the club for his first public speaking appearance! The Gore Gore Girls is about, you guessed it, go-go girls at Henny Youngman’s nightclub who are brutally murdered in Henny-color. The Gore Gore Girls was the only film Lewis submitted to the MPAA, and of course it was slapped with an X rating. John Waters famously worships Herschell Gordon Lewis—and you should too. Just don’t tell Gloria Steinem. DVDinfatuation.com says: ‘Ranking right up there with Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, and The Wizard of Gore as one of Lewis’s best films, The Gore Gore Girls will go down in history as the movie in which The Godfather of Gore managed to “out-gore” himself.’” (film notes by John Epperson).