This week, we discuss two men who started off as prominent assistant directors (and in the case of the latter, onscreen bit player), later to move on to carve a niche all their own in the annals of Italian cult cinema!
Michele Soavi worked his way through the Italian film industry, first as an onscreen actor in minor roles for the likes of Fulci, Castellari, Deodato, Cozzi, D'Amato and even Lamberto Bava himself, before becoming AD on several Argento, Bava and D'Amato affairs. But it was a documentary on Dario Argento that brought him into the directorial seat, from which he'd go on to create four of the most distinctive and visual horror films of the late 80's and early 90's!
Lamberto Bava would cut his teeth directing second unit and serving as AD on his famed father's productions for over a decade, also putting in time under the likes of Dario Argento and Ruggero Deodato along the way before graduating to the director's chair on Shock (alongside his father), Macabre and the justly feted Blade in the Dark.
Working in tandem with Dario Argento, Bava would make his name with the Demons films, putting out a few more notably odd efforts like Delirium, Blastfighter and Monster Shark before moving into telefilms such as the excellent Brivido Giallo series and the Alta Tensione series. And let's not forget Body Puzzle...
Join us as we return to the ever-flowing stream of Italian cult cinema, to discuss Lamberto Bava and Michele Soavi!
Lamberto Bava and Michele Soavi