Ulli Lommel

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Ulli Lommel
Ulli Lommel crop.jpg
Lommel in January 2007
Born (1944-12-21) 21 December 1944 (age 70)
Zielenzig, Oststernberg, Germany
(now Sulęcin, Lubuskie, Poland)
Occupation Actor, director
Spouse(s) Suzanna Love

Ulli Lommel (born 21 December 1944), is German actor and director, noted for his many horror films, and for his career as an actor on Rainer Werner Fassbinder's films.


Lommel started his career as an actor in films in 1960s. One of his earliest film roles was in Russ Meyer's Fanny Hill. In 1969, he starred in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's directorial debut Love Is Colder Than Death. The cast as an ensemble won an award at the German Film Awards in 1970.

Fassbinder and Lommel worked together more than 20 times after 1967. Fassbinder also produced Lommel's The Tenderness of Wolves, a drama about the murders of Fritz Haarmann, which was Lommel's second film as director. It was nominated at the 23rd Berlin International Film Festival for the Golden Bear.[1] Ulli Lommel participated in the documentary Fassbinder in Hollywood (2002).

Lommel moved to the United States in 1977 and started working with Andy Warhol, who produced his film Cocaine Cowboys, and appeared in Blank Generation (1980). In 1980, Lommel directed The Boogeyman (1980) which became a hit and made the UK's 'Video Nasties' list. After that, he went to make films like Brainwaves (it) (1983), starring Tony Curtis and Vera Miles, The Devonsville Terror (1983) with Donald Pleasence, and Revenge of the Stolen Stars (1985) with Klaus Kinski.[2]

Since the mid-1980s, he has directed several films, from drama to science fiction, but mostly horror. In recent years he has become notorious for a long line of direct-to-video movies based on the lives of serial killers, most of which have been critically panned.[3]

In the summer of 2013 Lommel went for nine months to Brazil to work on several projects. He completed his bio-epic documentary Mondo Americana and wrote a book.[4] and also made a film about Campo Bahia, the official camp for the German National Soccer Team in Brazil. In early June he started with the preproduction for the remake of his famous cult-hit The Boogeyman (1980).


As director[edit]

Lommel (left) with Andy Warhol on the set of Cocaine Cowboys (1979)

As actor[edit]

As producer[edit]

  • Anglia (1970)
  • Whity (1971)
  • Con la música a otra parte (1975)
  • The Boogeyman (1980)
  • Fassbinder in Hollywood (2002)
  • Daniel – Der Zauberer (2004)


  • "Video Watchdog" (USA) April 1998, Iss. 42, pg. 26+, by: Jeff Frentzen, "The Weird World of Ulli Lommel."
  • "The Globe and Mail" (Canada) 19 September 2006. by: Robert Matas, "I'm okay with being attacked." An interview with Ulli Lommel about the controversy surrounding his movie Killer Pickton.
  • "Release Print" (USA), Jan./Feb. 2007, by: Elina Shatkin, "Wolf Among Wolves: The Voluptuous Horror of Ulli Lommel."
  • Dark Side Magazine (UK) Issue 125. February. March 2007. by: Calum Waddell. Return of the Boogeyman.


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