Two new docs on Italian gore masters Lucio Fulci and Joe D’Amato coming this year from 88 Films
European-based company 441 Films has just announced the completion of two feature-length documentaries on two of Italy’s most beloved and notorious horror helmers: Aenigma: Lucio Fulci and the 80s and Omega Rising: Remembering Joe D’Amato. This pair of in-depth documentaries are co-produced with British distributor 88 Films and by the Rome-based EDERA Production and Exitech Postworks. 441 Films’ Phillip Escott (Cruel Summer) served as producer, while EDERA’s Eugenio Ercolani (Banned Alive! The Rise and Fall of the Cannibal Genre) directed both features.
Aenigma: Lucio Fulci and the 80s takes a look into the twilight years of Lucio Fulci, one of Italian cinemas finest craftsmen; lovingly known as the ‘Godfather of Gore’ by his legion of fans. Featuring interviews by Antonio Bido (The Bloodstained Shadow), Claudio Fragasso (Zombi 3), Michele De Angelis (Touch of Death) and Carlo Maria Cordio (Aenigma) amongst others, 88 Films will be releasing the film as part of their special Blu-ray and DVD edition of Fulci’s Aenigma on March 13, 2017.
Omega Rising: Remembering Joe D’Amato delves into the career of the notorious Italian filmmaker, Aristide Massaccesi aka Joe D’Amato, the infamous director behind the legendary Video Nasties Anthropophagus: The Beast and Absurd. Featuring interviews with George Eastman (Absurd), Michele Soavi (Stagefright), Rossella Drudi (Eleven Days, Eleven Nights), Mark Thompson-Ashworth (Top Girl) and more, 88 Films will be releasing the film as part of their special edition Blu-ray and DVD of D’Amato’s Beyond the Darkness aka Buio Omega on February 13, 2017.
Have a look at the trailers for the films below!