March 2016 marks 20 years since the passing of Lucio Fulci, one of the giants of Italian exploitation cinema.
So what better time to look back at his claret-coloured career?
If you know Fulci’s name at all, it’s probably in connection with his gory 80s horror pictures, which earned him the nickname ‘The Godfather Of Gore’. The same title was bestowed on Herschell Gordon Lewis a decade earlier, but it fits Fulci better – not only are his effects more realistic but his films are better made.
There’s more to Fulci than blood and guts, though, and over the course of a career that spanned five decades he either wrote or directed westerns, comedies, and thrillers. Like many Italian filmmakers, he also made several giallo movies (a distinctly Italian mix of horror and detective film), but unlike his contemporary Dario Argento he could direct just as easily in other genres.
8 Lucio Fulci Films You Need To Watch