Rest in Peace: Dino De Laurentiis

Few producers in Hollywood have been as prolific as Dino De Laurentiis. For decades the man pumped out tons of genre films, sometimes one right after the other. It’s with a heavy heart that we report today that he’s no longer with us.

According to Italian website ANSA, De Laurentiis, who brought us hundreds of films such as Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon, Hannibal, Army of Darkness, Cat’s Eye, King Kong, King Kong Lives, Maximum Overdrive, Silver Bullet, Dune, The Dead Zone and Amityville II: The Possession, has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

At this time we here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Dino’s friends, family, and constituents. Thanks for the memories, sir.

Rest in Peace: Dino De Laurentiis

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  • NeoKefka

    This is very sad news. My condolences to his family. He may have produced a lot of schlock but he also produced a few of my favorites.

    I’ve actually been wanting to dig up my copies of Flash Gordon and Conan to watch…shame it’s this that finally motivates me.

  • Cinemascribe

    I was VERY saddened to hear this. I first heard the news earlier when a friend (who’s employed as a journalist) sent it over the wire. If I had to venture a guess, I’d say that roughly seven out of every ten films I loved growing up had Dino’s name attached to them. Whether they were works of art or cinematic junk food is irrelevant- to genre fans, the man was and will continue to be a legend.
    RIP Dino. Thank you for bringing so much joy to my little place in the world.

    “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

  • Vanvance1

    Ciao Dino. Thanks for getting some fun projects off the ground. I’ll never forget the 80’s version of Flash Gordon; it contributed hugely to my love of movies as a child.

  • DavidFullam

    He made movies a far more interesting place to hang out. Farewell.