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Lucio Fulci

Highest Rated:   80% Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)
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Birthplace:   Rome, Italy
Though more often than not working on a strict budget and a short time line, Lucio Fulci ranked among the masters of blood-soaked Italian horror/fantasies and sexy thrillers. Fulci's zombie films, beginning with Zombi 2 (1979), a loose sequel of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978), are especially prized by genre aficionados for their shocking violence and graphic gore. According to Fulci, it was the love of a woman, not a passion for cinema, that led him into filmmaking. He met her while studying medicine and working as a part-time art critic. Their affair was brief for she came from a wealthy family who lost their fortune after the war, and so wanted a man with more income. Following the breakup, Fulci spied a newspaper ad announcing the reopening of the Experimental Film Studios. Thinking a filmmaking career might provide him with an impressive income, Fulci decided to apply. The great director Luchino Visconti, impressed by Fulci's examination, personally admitted the young man into the program. Fulci found himself in the company of such budding directors as Michelangelo Antonioni and Antonio Pietrangeli. Though students had no access to mechanical equipment or film stock, they were thoroughly indoctrinated into the theories of filmmaking. After leaving the studio, Fulci spent 15 years as the assistant director under Steno, whom Fulci credits as a master filmmaker. During this period, the aspiring director launched a busy screenwriting career. One of his early scripts includes the comedy Americano A Roma. Steno loved comedies and though he worked on a shoestring budget, he taught Fulci the value of honesty in dealing with audiences and potential buyers. By the time, Fulci was ready to direct himself, he was married and in need of quick money. He made his directorial debut with I Ladri (1959) starring the popular comic Toto. But for one attempted musical, Urlatorialla Sbarra, Fulci primarily made comedies during the 1960s and only occasionally dabbled in other genres, including spaghetti Westerns such as Tempo di Masacro (1967), the costume drama Beatrice Cenci (1973), and children's movies such as White Fang (1973). He made his first thriller, Una Sull'altra, in 1969. His first horror film, Una Lucertola con la Pelle di Donna (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin) (1971), has become a cult favorite. Subsequent films became increasingly gory with Fulci often sacrificing story and cohesiveness in favor of shocks and thrills. His subject matter and the decidedly uneven calibre of his work resulted in critics hating Fulci's films. But despite the critical barrage of sticks and stones, the director brushed them aside knowing full well his fans were devoted to his artistry with blood, guts, sharp objects, and eyeballs. Fulci battled with diabetes in the latter stages of his career and at one point was too sick to make films. After spending much time in hospital, Fulci made one of his worst films, Zombi 3 (1987), in order to pay his bills; during production he again fell ill and director Bruno Mattei had to finish it. Nine years later, Fulci succumbed to his illness and died while directing M.D.C. Maschera Di Cera (1996), a remake of Gaston Leroux's tale The Wax Museum. The production was taken over by first-time helmer Sergio Stivaletti. One of his last films, Un Gatto Nel Cervello (Cat in the Brain) (1990), is comparable to Fellini's 8 1/2 inasmuch as it is a semi-autobiographical film with surrealistic overtones about a director (albeit a chainsaw-wielding director) agonizing over his latest film on the couch of a murderously psychotic psychologist.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A doppia faccia (Double Face) (Liz & Helen)
  • Screenwriter
2011
No Score Yet La gabbia (Dead Fright) (Collector's Item) (The Trap)
  • Screenwriter
1999
No Score Yet Le Porte del Silenzio
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1991
No Score Yet Demonia
  • Inspector Carter
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Nightmare Concert
  • Dr. Lucio Fulci
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Voices From Beyond (Voci dal profondo)
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet The House of Clocks
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet La dolce casa degli orrori (Sweet House of Horrors)
  • Director
1989
No Score Yet Zombi 3 (Zombie Flesh Eaters 2)
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Il Fantasma di Sodoma (Sodoma's Ghost) (The Ghosts of Sodom)
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Quando Alice Ruppe lo Specchio (Touch of Death) (When Alice Broke the Mirror)
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Aenigma
  • Screenwriter
  • Ispettore Polizia
  • Director
1987
No Score Yet II Miele del diavolo (Dangerous Obsession)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1986
No Score Yet Manhattan Baby
  • Director
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Murderock - uccide a passo di danza (Murder Rock - Dancing Death)
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Conquest
  • Director
1983
17% Lo Squartatore di New York (The New York Ripper)
  • Director
1982
38% The House By The Cemetery (Quella villa accanto al cimitero)
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Director
1981
61% The Beyond (...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Actor
1981
40% The Black Cat
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1981
55% Paura nella città dei morti viventi (City Of The Living Dead) (The Gates of Hell)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Pathologist (uncredited)
1980
No Score Yet Contraband
  • Director
1980
42% Zombi 2
  • Director
1980
No Score Yet Sella d'argento (They Died with Their Boots On)
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Sette note in nero (Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes)(The Psychic)
  • Director
1977
No Score Yet Beatrice Cenci (The Conspiracy of Torture)(Perversion Story)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1976
No Score Yet All'onorevole piacciono le donne (The Eroticist)
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet Four of the Apocalypse
  • Director
1975
No Score Yet Challenge to White Fang (Il ritorno di Zanna Bianca)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1974
No Score Yet White Fang (Zanna Bianca)
  • Director
1973
80% Don't Torture a Duckling
  • Director
1972
No Score Yet A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (Una Lucertola con la pelle di donna)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1971
No Score Yet Perversion Story (Una sull'altra) (One on Top of the Other)
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet The Brute and the Beast
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet I Maniaci
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet An American in Rome
  • Screenwriter
1954
No Score Yet L'uomo, la bestia e la virtù
  • Screenwriter

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