On this day in horror history, “The Godfather of Gore” Italian film director, screenwriter, and actor Lucio Fulci was born in Trastavere, Rome in 1927.
He is best known around these parts for helming such horror classics as City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, The House by the Cemetery, Don’t Torture a Duckling, Zombi, The New York Ripper, and A Cat in the Brain.
Fulci attended the Naval College in Venice and the Giulio Cesare State Classical School in Rome. His mother encouraged him to be a lawyer, but he went to medical school instead. Eventually dropping out, deciding he could make more money in the filmmaking industry.
He studied film at Centro Sperimentale in Rome where he worked first as a documentary director, an assistant director, and a screenwriter working mainly in the Italian comedy field. He also directed a number of comedies before moving on to Spaghetti Westerns, and Giallo thrillers.
Despite his movies seemingly sporting an anti-Catholic sentiment, Fulci had a Catholic upbringing and referred to himself as a Catholic.
Toward the end of his life, Fulci lost his house and was forced to move into a cramped apartment. He died alone, in his sleep, in his apartment in Rome at around 2 P.M. on March 13, 1996, from diabetes-related complications at the age of 68. Dario Argento paid for his funeral.