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Lucio Fulci

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Exploitation FilmographyHis Spaghetti Western Career

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Overview

Lucio Fulci was born on the 17th of June in 1927 in Rome, Italy. He became one of the most famous filmmakers and pioneer of Italian horror cinema.

In 1959 Fulci made his first little movie called I Ladri (English: The Thieves). This small underground project was a crime comedy. After a few very cheap productions he directed one chapter of the legendary Spaghetti Western series Django. Then with a script by Fernando DiLeo he created Massacre Time, a classic, gory Spaghetti Western. After the light crime-mystery One On Top Of The Other he directed his first two classic giallo films, A Lizard In A Womans Skin in 1971 and Don't Torture A Duckling in 1972. He then shot another Spaghetti Western called Four of The Apocalypse (1975) which was one of the most brutal and terrifying Westerns ever made.

After two very popular movies, Fulci had alot of fans. With Zombi 2 (1979) Fulci made one of the first real prototypes of the modern Italian gore film with a very artistic style and great direction. His new fans began to call him "The Godfather of Gore" because of the heavy amount of graphic violence in his movies. He made a polizio genre film called Contraband then directed one of his most brutal horror classics: City Of The Living Dead, also known as "Gates of Hell". With a shocking drill-through-head scene and the famous buried alive sequence he showed audiences some truly incredible cinematic violence.

After directing an Edgar Allan Poe adaptation called The Black Cat, Fulci made his classic The Beyond. It had some of the best use of camera perspectives, gore sequences, color and an absolutely stunning atmosphere. Fulci had created one of the most artistic and beautiful works of "pure cinema" ever made. Now Lucio Fulci became a God for fans of ambitious, powerful European horror films. Fulci didn't stop working and directed The House by the Cemetery, a classic shocker starring Catriona MacColl, his favorite actress then The New York Ripper, a shocking slasher/giallo hybrid featuring his classic over-the-top violence and trademark visual style.

By the mid 80s, fans and critics could see Fulci's creative energy was about gone. With several big flops he lost his ambition for making well crafted genre films. His 1988 movie Zombi 3 (which he co-directed with the uncredited Bruno Mattei) made some money, but it was not a classic like Zombi 2 had been. In 1991 Fulci directed his last film Door to Silence. On March 13th, 1996 master filmmaker Lucio Fulci died in his birthplace of Rome, Italy. He may be gone but we will love his movies forever. Thank you, Lucio!

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