Joe D'Amato

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Joe D'Amato
Joe D'Amato Cannes 1996.jpg
Born Aristide Massaccesi
(1936-12-15)15 December 1936
Rome, Italy
Died 23 January 1999(1999-01-23) (aged 62)
Rome, Italy
Occupation Film director
Years active 1961–1999

Joe D'Amato (birth name: Aristide Massaccesi; 15 December 1936 in Rome – 23 January 1999 in Rome) was an Italian filmmaker who is most well known for his horror film and adult films.[1][2]


Biography[edit]

Joe D'Amato was born on December 15, 1936 in Rome, Italy.[1] He was the son of a chief photographic technician.[3] [3] D'Amato began his work in film at the age of 14 where he began assistaing in the dubbing of Italian film productions.[3] He began working as a still photographer on the set of the 1952 film prodution La Carroza d'Oro.[3] He eventually moved on to work as a camera operator and cinematographer.[3] His fist film as a cinematographer was Silvio Amadio's L'Isola della Svedesi.[3] D'Amato work for the next few years ranged between being a cinematogapher or a camera operator working with on Italian productions such as Umberto Lenzi's Paranoia and Massimo Dallamano's What Have You Done to Solange?.[3]

D'Amato began directing films in the early 1970s and were often either horror film or pornography.[4][1] He continued to work as a cinematograher on other Italian genre productions such as Luigi Batzella's Il Plenilunio delle Vergini and Alberto De Martino's L'Anticristo.[5] He returned to directing with Giubbe Rosse.[4] After the release of popular erotic film Emmanuelle, several similar films began production, including D'Amato's Emanuelle e Francoise directed with Bruno Mattei.[5][6] D'Amato began adding more violent and sex into his films following this release.[5]

Producer Bitto Albertini introduced Laura Gemser to D'Amato who would star in his own series of Emanuelle films which is a new character with a small spelling difference.[5][6] Gemser's charcter is a international reporter and photographer who went to exotic locations.[6] He continued to create more films involving cannibals, Emanuelle and horror films into the late 1970s.[7] Other films made in the late 70s include a mercanaries at war film Duri a Morire and Buio Omega, a horror film.[7] The last two years of the 1970s were made making hardcore pornography films featuring Patrize Funari, Manlio Certosino, Annamaria Naploetano and Gabriella Tricca.[7] D'Amato also combined pornography and horror with his film Porno Holocaust from this period and began having more gore in his films with titles like Anthropophagus.[8][9]

D'Amato's early 1980s films delved were again either horror or pronography films while occasionally making films in other genres such as the fantasy films, science fiction and other softcore pornography productions.[10][11] His films during this period were inspired by other productions of the era such as Tinto Brass's Caligula(Caligola - La Storia della Raccontata), Conan the Barbarian (Ator) and Mad Max (Endgame - Bronx Lotta Finale and Anno 2020: I Gladiatori del Futoro).[10][11] With home video becoming more popular in the mid-1980s, D'Amato made several softcore sex films that were derivative of popular American films such as Prison Dancer, a film based on Flashdance.[11]

In 1986, D'Amato created his own production company called Filmirage, which used money made had his films have a higher than usual production value.[11] Films made by the company include Ghost House by Umberto Lenzi and Michele Soavi's Stage Fright.[11]

D'Amato died of a heart attack in Rome on January 23, 1999.[12]

Pseudonyms[edit]

Joe D'amato did not adopt the anglicized pseudonym Joe D'Amato until her directed Giubbe Rosse.[3] In his book Italian Horror Film Directors, Louis Paul stated that Joe D'Amato became the name Massaccessi was most associated with, even more than his birth name.[3]

D'Amato had used several pseudonyms through his career, these included Peter Newton, Kevin Mancuso, David Hills, Michael Wotruba, Peter McCoy, Luca Damiano, Alexandre Borsky, Alexander Borsky, Joan Russell, Dario Donati and Lucky Farr Delly.[12][13] The name Lucky Farr Delly was also used by directors Demofilo Fidani and Franco LoCascio.[11]

Legacy[edit]

The Joe D'Amato Horror Festival, with the art direction of Paolo Ruffini, is held in Pietrasanta, in his honor.[14]

Selected filmography[edit]

Title Year Credited as Notes Ref(s)
Director Writer Cinematographer Other
No Man's Island N/A Yes [15]
Ben and Charlie 1972 Yes [16][17]
What Have You Done to Solange? Yes [18]
Crime Boss Yes [19]
Counselor at Crime 1973 Yes [20]
Mean Frank and Crazy Tony Yes [21]
Diary of a Roman Virgin Yes Yes Yes [22]
The Arena 1974 Yes Yes 2nd unit director [23][24]
Challenge to White Fang Yes [25][26]
Emanuelle's Revenge 1975[not in citation given] Yes Yes Yes Yes Producer [27][not in citation given][28][not in citation given]
Strange Shadows in an Empty Room 1976 Yes [29]
Black Cobra Woman 1976[30][not in citation given] Yes Yes Yes [31][32]
Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade 1978 Yes Yes Yes [33][34]
Beyond the Darkness 1979 Yes Yes [35][36]
Antropophagus 1980 Yes Yes Yes Producer [37][38]
Erotic Nights of the Living Dead Yes [39][40]
Porno Holocaust 1981 Yes Yes [41]
Ator, the Fighting Eagle 1982 Yes Yes [42]
Ator 2 - L'invincibile Orion Yes Yes Yes [43]
Warrior Queen 1987 Yes Associate producer [44]
Quest for the Mighty Sword 1990 Yes Yes Yes [43]
Sexy Pirates 1998 Yes [45]
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals N/A Yes Yes Yes [46]
2020 Texas Gladiators N/A Yes Yes [47]
Tarzan X N/A Yes Yes Yes Producer [48]
Top Model N/A Yes Yes Yes Producer [48]
Troll 2 N/A Yes Yes Producer [48]
Troll 3 N/A Yes Yes Yes Producer [48]
11 Days, 11 Nights N/A Yes Yes Yes Producer [48]
11 Days, 11 Nights 2 N/A Yes Yes Yes Producer [48]
Vietnam, guerra senza fronte N/A Yes [49]
Ghosthouse N/A Yes Producer [50]
Death Smiles at a Murderer N/A Yes Yes Yes [51]
Heroes in Hell N/A Yes Yes Yes [52]
Giubbe rosse N/A Yes Yes Yes [53]
Emanuelle in Bangkok N/A Yes Yes [54]
Emanuelle in America N/A Yes Yes [55]
Emanuelle Around the World N/A Yes Yes [56]
Tough to Kill N/A Yes Yes [57]
Papaya, Love Goddess of the Cannibals N/A Yes Yes [58]
Images in a Convent N/A Yes Yes [59]
Sesso nero N/A Yes [60]
Caligula: The Untold Story N/A Yes Yes [61]
Deep Blood N/A Yes [62]
Endgame N/A Yes Yes [63]
The Alcove N/A Yes [64]
Blue Angel Cafè N/A Yes Yes [65]
Killing Birds N/A Yes [66]
Hitcher in the Dark N/A Yes Producer [67]
Stage Fright N/A Yes Producer [68]
La Casa 3 N/A Yes Producer [69]
The Door to Silence N/A Yes Producer [70][71]
Convent of Sinners N/A Yes Yes [72]
Le notti porno nel mondo n. 2 N/A Yes Yes Yes [73]
Frankenstein 2000 N/A Yes Yes Yes Yes Producer [74]
  • Absurd (1981) a.k.a. Antropophagous 2, a.k.a. Grim Reaper 2, a.k.a. Zombie 6, a.k.a. Monster Hunter

Films Produced by Joe D'Amato only[edit]

  • Witchery (1988) a.k.a. La Casa 4, a.k.a. Witchcraft; directed by Fabrizio Laurenti; starring Linda Blair & David Hasselhoff
  • Metamorphosis (1990) a.k.a. Regenerator, a.k.a DNA Formula Lethal, written & directed by Luigi Montefiori; cameo by Laura Gemser; (released direct to video in USA)[75]
  • Beyond Darkness (1990) a.k.a. La Casa 5, (unreleased in USA); written & directed by Claudio Fragasso; not to be confused with Joe D'Amato's Beyond the Darkness/ Buio Omega

References[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lentz III 2000, p. 57.
  2. ^ Lentz III 2000, p. 58.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Paul 2005, p. 181.
  4. ^ a b Paul 2005, p. 182.
  5. ^ a b c d Paul 2005, p. 184.
  6. ^ a b c Paul 2005, p. 185.
  7. ^ a b c Paul 2005, p. 189.
  8. ^ Paul 2005, p. 190.
  9. ^ Paul 2005, p. 191.
  10. ^ a b Paul 2005, p. 193.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Paul 2005, p. 194.
  12. ^ a b Lentz III 2000, p. 56.
  13. ^ Paul 2005, p. 198.
  14. ^ http://www.horrormagazine.it/110/joe-d-amato-horror-festival
  15. ^ Howarth 2015, p. 103.
  16. ^ Weisser 2005, p. 29.
  17. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Ben E Charlie". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 25 July 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Das Geheimnis der grünen Stecknadel". Filmportal.de. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  19. ^ Curti 2013, p. 55.
  20. ^ Curti 2013, p. 79.
  21. ^ Curti 2013, p. 91.
  22. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 48.
  23. ^ "The Arena". American Film Institute. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  24. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 19.
  25. ^ "Die Teufelsschlucht der wilden Wölfe". Filmportal.de. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  26. ^ Hassen, Kristie. "Il Ritorno di Zanna Bianca". AllMovie. Archived from the original on August 30, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  27. ^ http://www.archiviodelcinemaitaliano.it/index.php/scheda.html?codice=AG3919
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  29. ^ Curti 2013, p. 196.
  30. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/movie/black-cobra-woman-v124027/review
  31. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/movie/black-cobra-woman-v124027/review
  32. ^ Markham, Peter (1977). "Eva Nera (Erotic Eva)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 44 no. 516. British Film Institute. p. 122. 
  33. ^ Buchanan, Jason. "Via Della Prostituzione". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  34. ^ Pym, John (1979). "Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 46 no. 540. British Film Institute. p. 130. 
  35. ^ Binion, Cavett. "Beyond the Darkness". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  36. ^ "Beyond the Darkness". AllMovie. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  37. ^ Ray, Forest. "Antropophagus". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  38. ^ "Antropophagus". AllMovie. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  39. ^ Shipka 2011, p. 133.
  40. ^ Shipka 2011, p. 137.
  41. ^ Beldin, Fred. "Porno Holocaust". Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  42. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 198.
  43. ^ a b Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 200.
  44. ^ Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 207.
  45. ^ Buchanan, Jason. AllMovie https://web.archive.org/web/20131226135951/http://www.allmovie.com:80/movie/sexy-pirates-v532289. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  46. ^ Badder, David (1978). "Emanuelle e gli Ultimi Cannibali (Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 45 no. 528. British Film Institute. p. 133. ISSN 0027-0407. 
  47. ^ "Texas 2000 (1984)" (in Italian). Archivo del Cinema Italiano. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  48. ^ a b c d e f Paul 2005, p. 208.
  49. ^ "Vietnam, guerra senza fronte" (in Italian). Archivo del Cinema Italiano. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  50. ^ Paul 2005, p. 153.
  51. ^ "La morte sorride all'assassino (1973)" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  52. ^ "Eroi all'inferno" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  53. ^ "Giubbe rosse" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  54. ^ "Emanuelle nera - Orient Reportage" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  55. ^ "Emanuelle in America" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  56. ^ "Emanuelle - Perché violenza alle donne?" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  57. ^ "Duri a morire" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  58. ^ "Papaya dei Caraibi" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  59. ^ "Immagini di un convento" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  60. ^ "Sesso nero" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  61. ^ "Caligola... la storia mai raccontata" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  62. ^ "Deep Blood" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  63. ^ "Endgame - Bronx lotta finale" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  64. ^ "L'alcova" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  65. ^ "Blue Angel Cafè" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  66. ^ "Killing Birds" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  67. ^ Paul 2005, p. 156.
  68. ^ Paul 2005, p. 225.
  69. ^ Paul 2005, p. 152.
  70. ^ Paul 2005, p. 139.
  71. ^ Paul 2005, p. 195.
  72. ^ "La monaca nel peccato" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  73. ^ "Le notti porno nel mondo n. 2" (in Italian). Archivo del cinema italiano. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  74. ^ Paul 2005, p. 330.
  75. ^ http://www.searchmytrash.com/articles/joedamato(10-07).shtml

Sources[edit]

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  • Howarth, Troy (2015). So Deadly, So Perverse. 1. Midnight Marquee Press. ISBN 1936168502. 
  • Lentz III, Harris M. (2000). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 1999: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. ISBN 0786452048. 
  • Paul, Louis (2005). Italian Horror Film Directors. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-8749-3. 
  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916. 
  • Shipka, Danny (2011). Perverse Titillation: The Exploitation Cinema of Italy, Spain and France, 1960–1980. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-4888-3. 

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