View Full Version : POLL: What's you favourite italian horror director?

06-30-2001, 03:47 AM

06-30-2001, 04:11 AM
Yeah, so it's the obvious choice, but I've at least really like everything I've seen from him, even though that's only Suspiria, Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Phenomena, and Demons (if you count it).

I've only seen the Beyond from Fulci, which I liked a lot, and two early Bava flicks, which were also quite good.

06-30-2001, 06:23 AM
Definitely would have to say Fulci, he is my all-time favorite director. I can't praise Fulci enough, he was a remarkable film maker. Lenzi would be my second choice, although he made more Non-horror than horror films.

06-30-2001, 07:00 AM
Oh, horror. MMM, okay, but I still gotta give props to pasta cowboy Sergio Leone. As for the above, it's Argento all the way. Both Argento and Fulci care nothing for a coherant plot, but are masters of mood and imagery. However, Argento seems to have a little better knack for pacing, really balancing the action with the atmosphere. Also, Argento really loves stalking and killing people - he takes the time to show it off in all it's grandeur, whereas it's more of a grudge-fuck with Fulci; it's all very quick and brutal (except when he's slicing eyeballs - he does savor that !), taking all of the romance out of murder, lol ;) . So, to sum up, Argento's kills are like patient, tension building foreplay, and then a prolonged orgasm, and Fulci is all wham-bam-thank-you-maam. :eek:

Christ, that really is sick - comparing giallo violence to sex. I'm sure I'm not the first to do it, but it's still pretty sick. Hope my mom never reads that!:D Okay, I'm off to set up an appointment for some counseling.


06-30-2001, 08:03 AM
Had to go with Fulci on this one. Mario Bava would be a very close second. They go back and forth with me. It just depends on whose movies I watched last.

06-30-2001, 04:23 PM
I too had to go with Fulci on this one.

DVD Connoisseur
06-30-2001, 07:31 PM
Argento for me as he's consistent, IMHO. Although not as prolific as Fulci (who I also rate highly), I know when I watch an Argento film that I'm going to be bowled over. Some other directors (including Fulci) have failed to deliver the goods for me, on occasion.

At the end of the day, some of my favourite horror films are Argento's - Opera, Deep Red, Tenebre...pure brilliance.

For a grittier movie experience, however, Fulci delivers in spades. He's less artistic than Argento but he creates his own trade-mark atmosphere and shocks like no one else. The Beyond, City of the Living Dead and Don't Torture A Duckling are classic horror movies and Fulci's direction is often underrated.

Mark Relford
06-30-2001, 10:56 PM
Good analogy, Mutley.

It's Fulci for me. Many labled him a hack, but he's far from it. Fulci's just as influential as the other Italian fearmakers. My first Fulci film was a crummy VHS of Gates of Hell and I never looked back.

07-01-2001, 09:39 PM
I have to vote for Avati, he may not be as stylish as Argento or as gory as Fulci, but goddamn his movies are creepy as hell.

07-01-2001, 09:48 PM
Originally posted by mcchrist
I have to vote for Avati, he may not be as stylish as Argento or as gory as Fulci, but goddamn his movies are creepy as hell. He has a new film coming out very soon in the US called Knights of the Quest . It looks very promising (and even stars Edward Furlong) Let's keep our hopes up! I'm ALWAYS down for a new Itailan horror (in this case historical thriller) film.

07-02-2001, 09:31 AM
I was not surprised to see that Umbeto Lenzi has no votes. He really is a bad, bad director.

He has no clue what style is and just makes terribly bad movies that suck big time.

I voted for Argento...

Jason Reynolds
07-02-2001, 04:37 PM
Have to go with Argento, though Bava and Fulci are close behind.


Ralph Mouth
07-05-2001, 06:30 PM
What! No Joe D'Amato, Italy's most prolific film maker!!?? OK, so he has his knockers (careful!), but "Anthropophagous the Beast", "Absurd", "Blue Holocaust", "Porno Holocaust", "Erotic Nights of the Living Dead", "Caligula...The Untold Story", "Images in the Convent", "Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals" and "Emanuelle in America" are rinky dink horror classics (particularly the latter film, one of my all time faves). The guy doesn't get the recognition he deserves. He can even shoot an interesting porno, and mixes porn and horror in a way that to many people is unthinkable. Not even Fulci brakes the taboos D'Amato breaks.

That said, Fulci is a class director - particulalry his 70's - early 80's output, ditto Dario, but then they both went pear shaped in my humble opinion. Papa Bava was the master of the gothic horror film, and his "Bay of Blood" is simply superb. It's a tough call, they all make films that entertain, but I just wish D'Amato would get a little more recognition :(

07-15-2001, 09:33 AM
porno holocaust =classic, but fulci was the best!

07-15-2001, 05:09 PM
I agree that D'Amato has (and ALWAYS has) been overlooked. All of the movies Ralph mentioned are fucking classics.

Any body aware of any of his movies coming out in the near future on DVD? I've been hearing about Emannuelle in America from AB for so long now but I'm very skeptical as to whether or not they'll actually release it (and whether it will be completely uncut). I know there are current releases of Anthropophagus (as Grim Reaper) and Caligula II but I've heard they are bad quality and cut to shreds.

Any other info on his films would be appreciated. By the way, check out Joe D'Amato Uncut. It's a great documentery on his films. It could have concentrated a little more on some of his classic horror films than on the porn stuff but it is still an awesome addition to any D'Amato fan's collection.

07-16-2001, 01:45 AM
this poll should be split into best dead and beat living because i'm torn between fulci and Argento

07-16-2001, 01:47 AM
oops best living