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Friday, February 25, 2011

David F. Friedman 1923-2011

"The secret of my stuff was the old carnival tease.
The audience would think: 'Oh boy, we didn't see it this week, but next week.'
They never did see it, but they kept coming back."

Film-making pioneer David F. Friedman,
the Emperor of Exploitation and the Godfather of Gore,
passed away February 14th.  He was 87.

Teasing audiences with taglines such as "Nothing so appalling in the annals of horror!",
he came straight from the old P.T. Barnum school of showmanship,
drawing people in with every gimmick and trick in the book.
 In association with director Herschell Lewis, he would usher in the first gore film
with the infamous Blood Feast in 1963.

Also longtime chairman of the board of the Adult Film Association of America,
Friedman continually championed the rights of adults to view adult material.
 His memoir, A Youth in Babylon: Confessions of a Trash-Film King, was published in 1990.

Please enjoy the 2 poster galleries covering a good number of his productions,
the majority featuring script authored by the man himself.

(click 'em for larger images)

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