Zora Kerova

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Zora Kerova
Born Zora Ulla Keslerová
(1950-08-11) August 11, 1950 (age 66)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Other names Zora Keer, Zora Kerowa
Occupation Actress, dancer, singer, model
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Petr Hapka (m. 1981; div. 1997)
Children 1

Zora Ulla Keslerová (born August 11, 1950) is a Czech actress, dancer, singer and model. Often credited under the names Zora Kerova, Zora Kerowa or Zora Keer, she became known for starring in numerous Italian horror films during the 1980s.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, she began her career as a dancer and singer, later becoming a photo model. Kerova made her screen debut in the Italian film, La febbre americana (1978). A year later, she appeared in the Czech drama, Křehké vztahy, and another Italian film, Terror Express. She followed by starring in cult horror films such as Antropophagus (1980), Cannibal Ferox (1981) and Lucio Fulci's The New York Ripper (1982). She later appeared in another two Fulci's films, Touch of Death (1988) and Sodoma's Ghost (1988).

Early life[edit]

Zora Kerova was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Career[edit]

She began her career as a cultural dancer and singer, and later became a model. Her career expanded and she decided to become an actress. She began her acting career in Italian cinema. In 1978, she made her acting debut in La Febbre Americana, with co-star Italian actor and writer George Eastman (actor), whom she also worked with in later films. In 1979, Zora starred in the Czech film Krehké Vztahy (The Fragile Relations), a psychological drama, in which she played a divorced mother. The film was not a success at the time. A string of minor film roles followed.

Italian cinema offered more for her career; she became a star in Italy under several names including Zora Kerowa and Zora Keer. She appeared in many erotic, action, and of course horror films throughout the eighties.

Apart from her roles in erotic films, Zora is remembered for starring in several cult horror classics. In 1980, she played psychic "Carol" in Antropophagus, in which she and a group of people head to an island, Carol feels there is something evil on it, and the group is one by one murdered by a madman. Zora said in interviews she mainly remembers being very seasick in the boating scenes.

Zora again worked with George Eastman in The New Barbarians (aka Warriors of the Wasteland), and in a 2005 interview alongside Eastman, Kerova explained that she never really got to know director Joe D'Amato on the set of the film, and that she learned phonetic English by listening to The Beatles.[1]

In 1981, she starred as "Pat Johnson" in Cannibal Ferox, in which she was seen hanging on hooks by her breasts.[2] In 1982, she played "Eva" in The New York Ripper, in which she smashes glass into a maniac's groin.

Throughout her acting career she has worked with such directors as Joe D'Amato, Umberto Lenzi, Lucio Fulci, and Ferdinando Baldi. Fulci was her favorite director, and in interviews she dispelled the rumor that he was a misogynist.

Her final film came in 1996 with Papà dice messa, but did make a brief return to acting in 2006 with the straight-to-video film La Radice del Male (The Root of Evil).[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1978 La Febbre Americana Lisa
Le Evase - Storie di Sesso e di Violenze Anna Other title: Jailbirds (credited as Zora Keer)
1979 Krehké Vztahy Bára Other title: The Fragile Relations (credited as Zora Ulla Kesslerová)
Terror Express Anna
1980 La Filles de Madame Claude Nathalie Other title: Gift Girls (cerdited as Zora Kerowa)
La Vera Storia della Monaca di Monza Sister Virginia de Leyva Other title: The True Story of the Nun of Monza
Antropophagus Carol Other title: Anthropophagus: The Grim Reaper
1981 Retez Marta
Cannibal Ferox Pat Johnson Other title: Make Them Die Slowly (credited as Zora Kerowa)
1982 Vítr v Kapse Ilonka (credited as Zora-Ulla Kesslerová)
I Nuovi Barbari Other Title: The New Barbarians, Warriors of the Wasteland
Lo Squartatore di New York Eva Other title: The New York Ripper (credited as Zora Kerowa)
Sny o Zambezi Other title: Dreams About Zambezia
Liquid Sky
1983 Andel s Dáblem v Tele Zanet Azárt
1984 Fesák Hubert Ruza (credited as Zora-Ulla Keslerová)
1985 Perinbaba
1988 Quandro Alice Ruppee lo Specchio Virginia Field Other title: Touch of Death, When Alice Broke the Looking Glass (credited as Zora Ulla Kesler)
Il Fantasma di Sodoma Succubus Other title: Sodoma's Ghost (uncredited)
Andel Svádí Dábla Zanet Azárt (credited as Ulla Kesler)
1989 Luna di Sangue Mary Other title: Moon of Blood (credited as Ulla Z. Kesler)
1990 Hansel e Gretel Other title: Hansel and Gretel
1995 Mullo Tutto
Altrove (credited as Ulla Zora Keselrova)
1996 Papá Dice Messa
2006 La Radice del Male direct-to-video

References[edit]

  1. ^ George R. Reis"Anthropophagus (The Grim Reaper) (1980)". dvddrive-in.com. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Most Gruesome Movie Scenes". dailytop10.net. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Zora Ulla Keslerová Biography". csfd.cz. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 

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