John Fasano

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John Fasano
Born (1961-08-24)August 24, 1961
Died July 19, 2014(2014-07-19)
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film producer
Years active 1984–2014

John M. Fasano (August 24, 1961 – July 19, 2014) was an American film director, film producer and screenwriter.[1][2]

John Fasano directed 6 films, produced 20 more and wrote screenplays for 18 others. With novelist Roni Keller, he also wrote the book Evie and the Golem, published in 2011.[3] A weapons expert,[4] Fasano was a frequent writing contributor to such authoritative magazines as Combat Tactics,[4] and American Handgunner.[5][6] A writer and producer at Shelf Life Unlimited Films,[7] he was developing a contemporary remake of Chariots of the Gods at the time of his death.[8][9] In addition to his writing and film-making credentials, Fasano was also a prolific Halloween mask designer.[10]

Early career[edit]

After graduating SUNY College at Purchase in 1984, Fasano used his artistic talents art directing for magazines such as Muscle and Beauty, Race Car & Driver, Wrestling Power and OUI.[11] He also found work painting the one sheet posters for Grindhouse films such as Tenement (Slaughter in the South Bronx)[12] for legendary exploitation film producers Roberta Findlay and Walter Sear.[13] Fasano rewrote and acted in their film Blood Sisters.[11] His work impressed All in the Sex Family producer Jack Bravman[11] who contracted Fasano to write and Assistant-Direct the infamous Zombie Nightmare,[14] starring Adam West and a young Tia Carerre. After that, Fasano directed solo on the cult classic rock-horror features, Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare, Black Roses and The Jitters.[15] After "The Jitters", Fasano moved to Los Angeles in 1989, where he sold his first "spec script", Tailgunner, to Morgan Creek.[11] He then co-wrote the screenplay for Another 48 Hrs. for director Walter Hill, which generated a series of script-writing offers from major studios.[11] His first produced film, on which he was the assistant director and in which he also appeared as character "William Washington", was Zombie Nightmare.[16]


He died at his home in Los Angeles on July 19, 2014, of heart failure.[17]


  1. ^ "Director for Feature Films and Television, John M. Fasano: Screenwriter, Director, Producer Home". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  2. ^ "John Fasano Biography ((?)-)". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  3. ^ "BARNES & NOBLE | Evie and the Golem by Roni Keller, Undie Press | Paperback". 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  4. ^ a b "John Fasano". 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  5. ^ "2009 Articles". American Handgunner. 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  6. ^ "The Day The Earth Stood Still | American Handgunner". Find Articles. 2000-01-01. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  7. ^ "Writing, Shelf Life Unlimited Films, Llc About Us". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  8. ^ Chariots of the Gods by (2013) - [Synopsis, Trailer, Photos, Poster, Reviews, Premiere, Latest News, Summary, Gallery, Images, Footage, Pictures, Pics, Plot, Argument, Buy, DV...
  9. ^ "Paradox Entertainment". Paradox Entertainment. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  10. ^ "Fasano, John". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "John Fasano [Writer / Producer / Director]". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  12. ^ "Tenement (Game of Survival) (Slaughter in the South Bronx)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  13. ^ "Tenement (1985) - Horror Movies and Science Fiction Movies Database - Brimstone Pit - - - 3111". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  14. ^ "Zombie Nightmare". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  15. ^ "The-Jitters - Cast, Crew, Director and Awards -". 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  16. ^ "Canuxploitation Review: Zombie Nightmare". Retrieved 2011-12-15. 
  17. ^ "Long Island filmmaker John Fasano, 52, dies". 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2015-07-30.