Any splatter film fan will be familiar with the works of Herschell Gordon Lewis, the godfather of gore, and his pioneering works of the ‘60s and ‘70s so I won't get into his extensive career here. But did you also know he wrote Everybody’s Guide To Plate Collecting?
Ok but let’s focus. I found this old busted up VHS tape at a flea market a few years ago, and had no clue who Lewis was. I just knew I was drawn to the guts all over the cover. Color Me Blood Red is the final film in Lewis’ “gore trilogy,” though he would revisit the genre a number of other times throughout his career. While not as appreciated as the previous two, Blood Feast and Two Thousand Maniacs, this outing is just plain awesome for a number of reasons. 1) It's semi-autobiographical 2) the obvious promotion of the “paddle wheel” water bicycle 3) And some incredible quotes: “Listen, pal, you'd be rude, too, if you saw your girl tied up, and a man with an axe in one hand and a bloody mess in the other. And a corpse outside there on the beach.” Remember though, it’s just a movie, it’s just a movie, it’s just a movie.
Oh and if you’d like to get into plate collecting, here are the steps you need to take.
Buy the whole trilogy here.