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Italian gore maestro Lucio Fulci gets his own biopic

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | Uncategorized


Forty years after the production of his best-known film, ZOMBIE, famed Italian horror director Lucio Fulci is the subject of the first feature inspired by his life.

Shooting has just been completed on FULCI FOR FAKE (a title evidently inspired by Orson Welles’ classic F FOR FAKE), written and directed by Simone Scafidi. The movie centers on an actor (played by Nicola Nocella) who is cast as Fulci in a film about the director’s life, and sets out to research the role by meeting up with people who have known and studied him. It will include appearances by Fulci collaborators who have never been interviewed before, and feature never-before-seen photos, video and audio material. Among those seen and heard in the movie are Fabio Frizzi, Michele Romagnoli, Sandro Bitetto, Enrico Vanzina, Sergio Salvati, Michele Soavi, Paolo Malco, Berenice Sparano and Davide Pulici, with actress Martina Troni (pictured above) giving “a face to the women, muses and victims in Fulci’s films,” according to the PR.

“It is a film made of Fulci’s blood,” Scafidi says, “with the presence, for the first time, of both the director’s daughters: Antonella, the firstborn, endowed with a culture and a humanity worthy of her father, who generously made available the family’s video material, and Camilla, her father’s assistant on the set of his latest productions, who provided her first and only long video interview and unfortunately passed away after the shoot. Antonella and Camilla are the only people, perhaps, to know in depth the mystery of their own father.”

FULCI FOR FAKE is scheduled for release this fall; Scafidi and producer Giada Mazzoleni will host a panel at Livorno, Italy’s Fipili Horror Festival on Sunday, April 28.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).