Lucio Fulci was an Italian film director, screenwriter, and actor who died on March 13, 1996. Despite working in a variety of genres throughout a nearly five-decade career, including comedies and Spaghetti Westerns, he developed a worldwide cult following for his giallo and horror flicks.
Because of his expressive imagery and unique narrative, genre reviewers and historians have dubbed Lucio Fulci “The Poet of the Macabre,” a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe, whose work he shamelessly borrowed in The Black Cat (1981).
The brutal violence in several of his works, particularly Zombi 2, The Beyond, Contraband, and The New York Ripper, has given him the moniker “Godfather of Gore,” which he shares with Herschell Gordon Lewis.
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), Beatrice Cenci (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), Contraband (1980), The New York Ripper (1982), Murder Rock (1984), and A Cat in the Brain (1990).