The first biopic on Lucio Fulci with never seen photos, interviews and footage.
Although he worked in a wide array of genres through a career as a film director spanning nearly five decades, including comedy and spaghetti westerns, he garnered an international cult following for his giallo and horror films. His most notable films include the “Gates of Hell” trilogy—City of the Living Dead (1980), The Beyond (1981), and The House by the Cemetery (1981)—as well as Massacre Time (1966), One on Top of the Other (1969), A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971), Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972), White Fang (1973), Four of the Apocalypse (1975), Sette note in nero (1977), Zombi 2 (1979), The New York Ripper(1982), and A Cat in the Brain (1990). Although a number of films over the years were said to have been “co-produced” by Fulci, he was just allowing them to use his name to promote the films (with the exception of City of the Living Dead, which he did actively attempt to obtain some funding for).
Because of the high level of visceral graphic violence present in many of his films, especially Zombi 2, The Beyond, Contraband and The New York Ripper, Fulci is frequently referred to as “The Godfather of Gore”, a title also given to Herschell Gordon Lewis.
Several of Fulci’s movies released in America were edited by the film distributor to ensure an R rating, such as The Beyond, which was originally released on video in severely edited form as Seven Doors of Death. Others were released Unrated in order to avoid an X-rating (as with Zombi 2 and House by the Cemetery) which would have restricted the films’ target audiences to adults. The unrated films often played worldwide in drive-ins and grindhouses where they developed a cult following. Many of Fulci’s horror films tend to contain “injury to the eye” sequences, in which a character’s eyeball is either pierced or pulled out of its socket, usually in lingering, close-up detail.
I for one can’t wait to see this documentary. If you are unfamiliar with the Italian Godfather of Gore, check out some of his work below currently streaming on various streaming services: