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He has been hailed as “one of the great torch-bearers for expressionistic genre cinema” by Montreal's Fantasia Film Festival. He's also the recipient of the Vincent Price Award for Outstanding Contribution to Fantastic Cinema and other awards. He's been called "someone with a vivid and savage imagination that Bram Stoker would envy" by British newspaper The Daily Star, and "an unholy hybrid of Bergman and Argento" by Film Review. His work has often been compared to Bergman's for its somber atmosphere and depth of religious meditation. Stereoscopic movie HIDDEN 3D is based on an original story Baino and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni co-wrote.
Born in Naples, Italy, he started shooting short films at an early age and started working as a production assistant in shows for the Italian television. Later he moved to London, England, where in 1990 he wrote and directed the short film Caruncula, that firstly fully showed his moviemaking skills. Novelist Ramsey Campbell called CARUNCULA "Not only a fine tribute to the Italian horror masters, but a small masterpiece of sustained perversity in its own right."
In 1994 he made his feature debut with Dark Waters, an atmospheric horror movie inspired by the short stories of H. P. Lovecraft. Despite a troubled production in the Ukraine, the movie achieved critical acclaim and is experiencing a still growing attention from horror fans. The film was released in a special edition double disc box-set in the USA in 2007.
Baino has worked as a screenwriter for hire for many years while developing directing projects. He wrote the surreal drama Flower of Shame for German producer Vesna Jovanoska who also hired him to adapt Chris Niles' urban thriller Hell's Kitchen for the screen. He recently completed a short film titled Never Ever After.
In 2008 he wrote the screenplay for Thy Kingdom Come, a Re-Dark production directed by Ilmar Taska. The film was released in Italy and Spain at the end of 2010, with a US DVD release to follow in 2011.
He was hired to rewrite The Curse of The Vij, based on Nikolai Gogol's legendary short story, for production company Film-maker srl and director Robert Englund (of Freddy Kruger fame.)
Baino shares "Story by" credit with Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni on stereoscopic movie Hidden 3D. The movie is slated for release at the end of 2011.
as Writer, Director and Editor:
- Dream Car (1989)
- Caruncula (1990)
- Dark Waters (1994)
as Writer, Director, Producer and Editor:
- Never Ever After (2005)
- Thy Kingdom Come (2008)
- The Curse of The Vij (2009)
- Hidden 3D (Story by) (2011)