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Joe D'Amato

Highest Rated:   42% Pieces (1983)
Lowest Rated:   6% Troll 2 (1990)
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Birthplace:   Rome, Italy
Joe D'Amato was born Aristide Massaccesi on December 15, 1936, in Rome, Italy. At age 14 he began working for his father, a chief electrician and later the founder of the company A.C.M. By going to school in the daytime, Massaccesi worked afternoons part-time as a stagehand and stage cameraman around various film sets. After finishing grade school, from 1953 to 1957 Massaccesi worked for his father. Mole Richardson, another motion picture company, was looking for someone to work as an assistant cameraman and Massaccesi jumped at the opportunity. Starting in 1969 he worked as director of photography as well as assistant director for a number of films until 1974. His first directing work was in 1972's low-budget Scansati... a Trinità arriva Eldorado (1972), co-directed by Diego Spataro, under the pseudonym Dick Spitfire. The film was a commercial failure. Later that same year Massaccesi directed a western (under the name of Oskar Faradine). He then used his assistant's name, Romano Gastaldi, for his next film, Fra' Tazio da Velletri (1973), as well as a few others. Massaccesi was reluctant to use his real name early in his directing career, since he was still known mainly as a director of photography and he didn't want his directing jobs to jeopardize his cinematography career. He used his real name for screenplay and cinematography roles, but worked under many aliases (such as Michael Wotruba) to disguise the authorship of some films in order not to mix up the different genres of comedy, western, drama, thrillers and others. He used to many phony names that he may well have used more pseudonyms credited to him than any other director in the world. Massaccesi entered the horror film genre with Morte ha sorriso all'assassino, La (1973) under his real name, which inspired him to make other gothic horror films. Under a new pseudonym, Joe D'Amato, he directed soft-core, erotic films starring Laura Gemser, such as Emanuelle e Françoise le sorelline (1975), Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali (1977), Emanuelle in America (1977), Notti erotiche dei morti viventi, Le (1980) and others. He also directed such action films as Duri a morire (1978). Massaccesi, now referring to himself as Joe D'Amato, entered the "gore" genere films with Buio Omega (1979), which remains his most successful horror film, shot in four weeks on a low budget entirely at a villa near Bressanone and which had an excellent music soundtrack by the rock group Goblin. His next horror film, but less successful than the previous one, was Antropophagus (1980), directed under the alias "Peter Newton". The film starred Tisa Farrow, sister of Mia Farrow and the star of Zombi 2 (1979), another gore genre flick. During the 1980s and 1990s D'Amato directed over 100 hardcore porn sex films for the Italian video market, although under his many pseudonyms he continued to direct and produce other films. One of them was Deliria (1987) directed by Michele Soavi on which, under his real name, Massaccesi served as producer. He then directed two "Ator the Invincible" films. He directed the violent, hardcore Caligola: La storia mai raccontata (1982), using the name "David Hills", a commercial exploitation (some might say "rip-off") of the successful film by Tinto Brass. D'Amato's other films during the 1980s were Paradiso Blu (1980) and violent adventure films such as Sangue negli abissi (1989), which were filmed in Florida, and Casa 3, La (1988). Some of D'Amato's greatest successes abroad were Alcova, L' (1984) and Pomeriggio caldo (1987), as well as the horror-thriller Paura nel buio (1989) (aka "Hitcher in the Dark"). However, his long film career came to an abrupt end when, in January 1999, he suffered an unexpected and fatal heart attack at his home in Rome. He was 62. Joe D'Amato had made his mark on Italian cinema as a talented director, scriptwriter, producer and cinematographer with scores of films and more than a dozen aliases to his credit.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Endgame - Bronx lotta finale
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Killing birds - uccelli assassini (Zombie 5: Killing Birds)(Dark Eyes of the Zombie)(Raptors)
  • Director
2003
No Score Yet Provocation
  • Director
1996
No Score Yet Chinese Kamasutra (Kamasutra cinese)
  • Director
1993
6% Troll 2
  • Producer
1990
No Score Yet Contamination .7 (The Crawlers) (Troll 3)
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Quest for the Mighty Sword (Ator III: The Hobgoblin)
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Any Time, Any Play
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Il piacere (The Pleasure)
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet The Alcove
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet Blade Master (Ator l'invincibile 2)
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Beyond the Darkness (Buio Omega)
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Endgame
  • Director
1983
42% Pieces
  • Screenwriter
1983
No Score Yet Sex And Black Magic (Orgasmo nero)
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Anthropophagus
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Horrible (Rosso sangue) (Absurd) (Monster Hunter) (Antropophagus 2) (The Grim Reaper 2)
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet The Grim Reaper
  • Actor
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet Erotic Nights of the Living Dead
  • Director
1979
No Score Yet The Pleasure Shop on 7th Avenue
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1979
No Score Yet Tough to Kill (Duri a morire)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1978
No Score Yet Papaya: Love Goddess of the Cannibals
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Black Cobra Woman (Eva Nera)
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Emanuelle nera: Orient reportage (Emanuelle in Bangkok)
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet Last Decameron
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1972

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