William Lustig

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William Lustig
Born (1955-02-01) February 1, 1955 (age 62)
The Bronx, New York
Occupation Film director

William Lustig (born February 1, 1955 in The Bronx, New York), also known as Bill Lustig, is an American film director[1] and producer who has worked primarily in the horror film genre. He is the nephew of former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta.

Film career[edit]

As a film director, Lustig is best known for his low-budget horror films Maniac,[2] Vigilante, Uncle Sam, and the Maniac Cop series.[3] Lustig has also worked as an actor playing small roles in his own films as well as in films by Sam Raimi, most notably as a fake shemp in Army of Darkness and a dockworker in Darkman.[4] As of 2009, Lustig is the CEO of Blue Underground; an entertainment company specializing in the release of obscure films and exploitation films on DVD.[5] He also produced the both remakes of his films Maniac (2012) and Maniac Cop (2016), the latter co-produced with Nicolas Winding Refn.[6]


Year Title Notes
1977 Hot Honey Credited as Billy Bagg
The Violation of Claudia
1980 Maniac Also producer
1983 Vigilante Also producer
AKA Street Gang
1988 Maniac Cop
1989 Hit List
1990 Maniac Cop 2
1993 Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence Co-directed with Joel Soisson
1995 The Expert
1996 Uncle Sam


  1. ^ Lustig, William; Steve Voce (Spring 1995). "William Lustig; Interview by Steve Voce". Psychotronic Video. 20: 52–59. 
  2. ^ Vincent Canby (1981-01-31). "Maniac". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-04. 
  3. ^ "NYC Horror Film Festival Announces 2009 Lineup and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient". DreadCentral. November 6, 2009. 
  4. ^ March 2008 Interview with L.A. Record
  5. ^ Cultfilms en Kutfilms Interview with Bill Lustig (April 13, 2007)
  6. ^ ‘Maniac Cop’ Sales Art Presented by Nicolas Winding Refn!

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