When a terrorist’s body, infected with a stolen chemical, is recovered by the US military, the corpse is cremated, unintentionally releasing the virus/bacteria into the atmosphere over a small island. Soon the infected populace mutate into flesh-hungry zombies, and a trio of soldiers on leave must team up with a group of tourists and board themselves up in an abandoned hotel as they try to fend off the agile and aggressive living dead. —IMDb
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… read more
Born the 2nd of October, 1951, in Rome, Claudio Fragasso’s name will forever be synonymous with films with ultra-low budgets. He worked extensively with Bruno Mattei, and has 32 writing credits, 13 assistant director credits, and an astonishing 8 acting credits in addition to the 23 films he directed. Not bad for no budget. Today he works in the Italian TV industry, and has appeared at Troll 2 screenings and the Troll 2 documentary, Best Worst Movie. Not surprisingly, he’s directed under numerous pseudonyms, including Clyde Anderson, Clide Fergusson, Drago Floyd, Drake Floyd, Claudio Fracassi, Claude Fragass, Werner Knox, and Claudio Sansevero.
Bruno Mattei (30 July 1931 – 21 May 2007) was an Italian film director, screenwriter and editor who gained a cult following for a wide variety of exploitation films that covered many genres, ranging from women in prison (WIP) to zombie films. He used many pseudonyms, predominantly Vincent Dawn (choosing that surname as a nod to George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead).
Mattei got his start in Italian cinema by editing more than 100 films between the 1960s and the early 1970s. In 1974, he earned his first directorial credit, directing 20 minutes of additional hardcore footage for the French release of Jess Franco’s 1969 film 99 Women. He also edited Franco’s “Count Dracula” (1969), and in early 1975, he wrote the script for the Joe D’Amato film Demon Rage and edited D’Amato’s Black Eva. He became a full-time director in 1977 when he made several erotic Nazi death camp films, which he followed up with some porno mockumentaries such as Sexy Night Report starring Laura Gemser and The… read more