The Gore Gore Girls (1972)

Herschell Gordon Lewis’ movies are an acquired taste, and ‘The Gore Gore Girls’ is a perfect example of this. Many people find the combination of silly humour with extreme gore shots involving the torture and murder of women difficult to get a grip on. I don’t have a problem with that so much. HGL doesn’t take the material seriously as a film maker, and doesn’t expect the viewer to either. Many regard this as his best movie. It certainly gorier than ‘Blood Feast’ or ‘2000 Maniacs’, and has slightly more sophisticated production values, but overall I found it a little repetitive and dull, and nowhere near as entertaining as those two or ‘Color Me Blood Red’. The plot involves a “gentleman detective” investigating the bloody murders of go-go dancers. The detective is played by the unknown Frank Kress who is fairly amusing. Veteran Henny Youngman appears briefly as a club owner and is not amusing at all. I suggest you only watch this if you have seen and enjoyed earlier Lewis efforts, otherwise give it a miss. Apart from the infamous meat tenderizer, face-frying, and nipple scenes there’s not all that much to recommend this one.