Lost Films Of Herschell Gordon Lewis
Herschell Gordon Lewis is a filmmaker responsible for introducing a revolutionary approach to the horror genre. In the mid-1960s, he switched his talents from titillating works known as "nudie-cuties" to a series of films that showcased the shocking power of gore. With titles like Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs and Color Me Blood Red, Lewis enjoyed a success low-budget filmmakers rarely accomplish and earned the moniker "The Godfather of Gore". The movies were not known for their plots or any particular technical prowess and the less said about the acting, the better, yet each of his films are instantly recognizable to fans as an H.G. Lewis production. Over the following four decades his work took on a cult status that has inspired countless imitations and provided a benchmark for gore-hounds the world over.

Following his success in the horror genre, Lewis briefly returned to the world of sexploitation with a trio of pictures that disappeared not long after their initial theatrical runs. These lost titles were a holy grail for fans, as they were the only ones missing from his filmography, and yet despite years of inquiries, the director has essentially disowned them. Ecstasies of Women, Linda and Abilene and the "marital aid" Black Love have all recently been recovered from the cinematic wasteland by the fine folks at Vinegar Syndrome, and given a deluxe restoration that has to be seen to be believed. Are they any good? Well, that is a not really a fair question given the content, but they are definitely worth a look.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 242 minutes | 7.77 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: none
Genre: Adult, Comedy, Drama, Western

"Ecstasies of Women" (75 minutes)

Ecstasies of Women is first up, and tells the tale of Harry, a fast-approaching middle-aged man on the verge of his second marriage. Harry and his pals go out for one last bachelor’s night out, visiting a strip club where the contemplative groom-to-be recalls his previous conquests while his friends tickle and tease the topless ladies who flock to their table. As the night carries on, and Harry imbibes more liquor, it becomes apparent that he’s not ready to give up his swinging lifestyle for another commitment, and he falls into the arms of sexy young dancer, Summer Frenzy.

"Linda and Abilene" (93 minutes)

After losing their parents, siblings Todd (Kip Marsh) and Abilene (Sharon Matt) are urged into adult roles, tending to the homestead with chores and dreary routine while depending on each other for emotional support. The isolation soon tests their burgeoning sexuality, finding impure thoughts turning into seductive acts, with the pair soon engaging in an incestuous relationship. Flattened by guilt, Todd takes his urges to Linda (Roxanne Jones), a local prostitute, while Abilene is forced to fend off vicious predator Rawhide (Tom Thorn), who rapes the young woman, enraging Todd.

"Black Love" (74 minutes)

Black Love is the most interesting and notorious of the three. Masquerading as an "educational film", this is a bizarre collection of vignettes filled with amateur hardcore pornography, explaining how black people express their love for each other. Black people it turns out are pretty much the same as us, coming in all shapes and sizes with a variety of skin tones. They like to read books, dance on a tiny overcrowded stage, slowly spin on giant turntables and have sex in vacant parking lots.

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