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Ruggero Deodato is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Assistant Director Italien born on 7 may 1939 at Potenza (Italie)

Ruggero Deodato

Ruggero Deodato
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Nationality Italie
Birth 7 may 1939 at Potenza (Italie)
Death 29 december 2022 (at 83 years)

Ruggero Deodato (born 7 May 1939) is an Italian film director and screen writer, best known for directing violent and gory horror films. Deodato is famous for his 1980 film Cannibal Holocaust.

Biography

Deodato was born in Potenza, Basilicata. He grew up in the neighborhood where Rome's major film studios are located. It was there that he learned how to direct under Roberto Rossellini and Sergio Corbucci; he helped to make Corbucci's The Son of Spartacus and Django as an assistant director. Later on in the 1960s, he directed some comedy, musical, and thriller films, before leaving cinema to do TV commercials. In 1976 he returned to the big screen with his ultra-violent police flick Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man.

In 1977 he directed a jungle adventure called Ultimo mondo cannibale or "The Last Cannibal World" (also known as Jungle Holocaust) starring British actress Me Me Lai with which he 'rebooted' the cannibal film / mondo genre started years earlier by Italian director Umberto Lenzi.

Late in 1979 he returned to the cannibal subgenre with his ultra-gory Cannibal Holocaust. The film was shot in the Amazon Rainforest for a budget of about $100,000, and starred Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, and Carl Gabriel Yorke. The film is a mock-documentary about a group of filmmakers who go into the Amazon Rainforest and subsequently stage scenes of extreme brutality for a Mondo-style documentary. During production, many cast and crew members protested the use of real animal killing in the film, including Kerman, who walked off the set.

Deodato created massive controversy in Italy and the United Kingdom following the release of Cannibal Holocaust, which was wrongly claimed by some to be a snuff film due to the overly realistic gore effects. Deodato was forced to reveal the secrets behind the film's special effects and to parade the lead actors before an Italian court in order to prove that they were still alive. Deodato also received condemnation, still ongoing, for the use of real animal torture in his films.

Deodato's film license was temporarily revoked and he would not get it back until three years later, which then allowed him to release his 1980 thriller La casa sperduta nel parco (House on the Edge of the Park), which was the most censored of the 'video nasties' in the United Kingdom for its graphic violence. His Cut and Run is a jungle adventure thriller, containing nudity, extreme violence and the appearance of Michael Berryman as a crazed, machete-wielding jungle man.

In the 1980s, he made some other slasher/horror films, including Phantom of Death, Dial Help and Body Count. In the 1990s he turned to TV movies and dramas with some success. In 2007, he made a cameo appearance in Hostel: Part II in a role that provided a wink and a nod to his past directing cannibal-related films: he was a client of the Elite Hunting pay-for-murder group who was happily eating large portions of flesh that he sliced from the legs of a terrified young man.

Deodato has made about two dozen films and TV series, his films covering many different genres, including many action films, a western, a barbarian film and even a family film called Mom I Can Do It.

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Filmography of Ruggero Deodato (33 films)

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Actor

Chimères
Chimères (2013)
, 1h22
Origin Suisse
Genres Drama, Horror, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Vampires in film
Actors Catriona MacColl, Ruggero Deodato
Roles Butcher
Rating52% 2.626872.626872.626872.626872.62687
Alex (Yannick Rosset) and Livia (Jasna Kohoutova) are a young couple on vacation in Romania. Their trip is uneventful until Alex severely injures himself while drunk and requires a trip to the hospital. His injuries necessitates a blood transfusion and Alex initially seems like he will be fine. However when he and Livia return home, Alex begins to develop strange new symptoms. He has an all new aversion to light, he is unable to eat anything, and develops insomnia. Alex and Livia initially believe this to be brain damage, but they soon discover the reality of the situation: that Alex is turning into a vampire.
Dead Bones
Dead Bones (2008)
, 19minutes
Origin Suisse
Genres Horror, Western
Actors Ken Foree, Ruggero Deodato
Roles The Butcher
Rating66% 3.308623.308623.308623.308623.30862
Un chasseur de primes (Arie Verveen) retrouve sa proie (Frederic Landenberg) en terrain inconnu. Ils vont vite comprendre que les quelques habitants du village appelé "Dead Bones" ont des coutumes particulières et qu'ils devront coopérer pour faire face à l'horreur la plus extrême et se sortir des griffes du barman et chef du village (Ken Foree).
Hostel: Part II, 1h35
Directed by Eli Roth
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films about psychiatry, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Lauren German, Roger Bart, Heather Matarazzo, Jay Hernández, Bijou Phillips, Richard Burgi
Roles The Italian Cannibal
Rating55% 2.753372.753372.753372.753372.75337
Shortly after the events of Hostel, Paxton (Jay Hernandez) is suffering from nightmares and lives in seclusion with his girlfriend Stephanie (Jordan Ladd). The two get into an argument where Stephanie denounces Paxton's paranoia as exaggerated and insufferable. She wakes up the next morning to find Paxton decapitated. An unmarked box (presumably containing Paxton's severed head) is then delivered to Elite Hunting boss Sasha (Milan Kňažko), as he relaxes at an outdoor cafe.
Raiders of Atlantis, 1h32
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Genres Science fiction, Action
Actors Christopher Connelly, George Hilton, Ivan Rassimov, Michele Soavi, Bruce Baron, Mike Monty
Roles Oil Rig Assistant
Rating48% 2.4057252.4057252.4057252.4057252.405725
En plein coeur du Tropique du Cancer, sur une plate-forme de recherche océanique, une équipe de chercheurs découvre une plaque en or, gravée de mystérieuses inscriptions. Dépéchée sur les lieux pour la déchiffrer, Kathy Earls, spécialiste en civilisation pré-colombienne, est victime d'un immense raz-de-marée. Mick et Washington qui naviguaient dans les parages recueillent trois survivants, dont Kathy. Revenus sur la terre ferme, ils découvrent une ville ravagée par un gang, les Interceptors..
Cannibal Holocaust, 1h38
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Rape and revenge films
Actors Robert Kerman, Carl Gabriel Yorke, Shelley Duvall, Francesca Ciardi, Luca Barbareschi, Ruggero Deodato
Roles Man Sitting in NYU Campus (uncredited)
Rating58% 2.9063352.9063352.9063352.9063352.906335
An American film crew has gone missing in the Amazon rainforest while on an expedition to film a documentary about indigenous cannibal tribes. The team consists of Alan Yates, the director; Faye Daniels, his girlfriend and script girl; and two cameramen, Jack Anders and Mark Tomaso. Harold Monroe, an anthropologist at New York University, agrees to lead a rescue team in hopes of finding the missing filmmakers alive. In anticipation of his arrival, the military conducts a raid on a local tribe known as the Yacumo and takes a young Yacumo male hostage in order to help negotiate with the natives. Monroe flies in via floatplane and is introduced to his guides, Chaco and his assistant, Miguel.
Concorde Affair, 1h36
Directed by Ruggero Deodato, Claude d'Anna
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes La fin du monde, Transport films, Aviation films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents
Actors James Franciscus, Mimsy Farmer, Venantino Venantini, Edmund Purdom, Dennis Hopper, Van Johnson
Roles Man in Nicole's Restaurant (uncredited)
Rating55% 2.7670552.7670552.7670552.7670552.767055
Concorde Test Flight 820 is sabotaged which forces the plane to crash land in the ocean off coast of Martinique in the Antillies of the Caribbean. The only survivor is a Jean Beneyton (Mimsy Farmer), a French hostess on the flight. Two fishermen find her, but then are soon killed off by a group of suited corporate agents who ride out in a speedboat, because they were witnesses to the crash.
Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man, 1h40
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Marc Porel, Ray Lovelock, Renato Salvatori, Adolfo Celi, Silvia Dionisio, Franco Citti
Rating64% 3.2435153.2435153.2435153.2435153.243515
Deux policiers d'une brigade secrète aux méthodes pas si différentes des gangsters luttent contre un parrain de la mafia ayant assassiné l'un des leurs.

Director

Phantom of Death, 1h30
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Genres Horror
Actors Michael York, Edwige Fenech, Donald Pleasence, Antonella Ponziani, Caterina Boratto, Raffaella Baracchi
Rating55% 2.756482.756482.756482.756482.75648
Robert Dominici (Michael York) is a pianist who suffers from a genetic condition that causes him to physically age at a rapid pace and also to go mad. Distraught by his condition, Dominici goes on a killing spree. Inspector Datti (Donald Pleasence) sets off to catch him. Meanwhile, Dominici targets the Inspector's daughter, Gloria (Antonella Ponziani).
Body Count
Body Count (1987)
, 1h27
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Genres Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about animals, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film
Actors Charles Napier, David Hess, Mimsy Farmer, Ivan Rassimov, Stefano Madia, Nancy Brilli
Rating48% 2.4076752.4076752.4076752.4076752.407675
The film begins as two students named Rosie and Tom excuse themselves from a basketball game and head to a campground where it is revealed that the campground was built on a haunted Indian burial ground, adopted by an ancient Indian shaman to watch over the ground site. After Tom and Rosie finish having sex, Rosie heads out and finds an abandoned police car, not knowing that the Shaman is watching her through the bushes. Rosie gets inside the police car, only for the Shaman to attack from behind the seat, causing Rosie to flee and in the progress, gets stabbed in the hand.
The Barbarians, 1h27
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians
Actors Richard Lynch, Eva LaRue, Michael Berryman, George Eastman, Raffaella Baracchi, Benito Stefanelli
Rating50% 2.5082952.5082952.5082952.5082952.508295
The film is set in a heroic fantasy world. The Ragnicks, a tribe of peaceful travelling entertainers, are attacked by the evil tyrant Kadar, who takes their queen Canary hostage. Canary, however, manages to hide her magic ruby, the lucky talisman of the Ragnicks which Kadar seeks to bolster his power. Two young twins from the tribe, Kutchek and Gore, bite off two of Kadar's fingers. In retaliation, Kadar has them taken prisoner as well, but agrees to spare their lives if Canary becomes his bride.
Cut and Run
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Actors Lisa Blount, Leonard Mann, Richard Lynch, Willie Aames, Richard Bright, Michael Berryman
Rating57% 2.850372.850372.850372.850372.85037
Suite au massacre dans la jungle amazonienne d'un groupe de trafiquants de drogue, une journaliste et son caméraman vont en expédition pour enquêter sur l'affaire afin de trouver une histoire savoureuse. Les images retransmises amènent à croire que Tommy, le fils disparu du directeur de la chaîne de télévision se trouverait sur les lieux. Débute alors une quête pour tenter de le retrouver encore vivant...
Raiders of Atlantis, 1h32
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Genres Science fiction, Action
Actors Christopher Connelly, George Hilton, Ivan Rassimov, Michele Soavi, Bruce Baron, Mike Monty
Rating48% 2.4057252.4057252.4057252.4057252.405725
En plein coeur du Tropique du Cancer, sur une plate-forme de recherche océanique, une équipe de chercheurs découvre une plaque en or, gravée de mystérieuses inscriptions. Dépéchée sur les lieux pour la déchiffrer, Kathy Earls, spécialiste en civilisation pré-colombienne, est victime d'un immense raz-de-marée. Mick et Washington qui naviguaient dans les parages recueillent trois survivants, dont Kathy. Revenus sur la terre ferme, ils découvrent une ville ravagée par un gang, les Interceptors..
House on the Edge of the Park, 1h31
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Erotic films, Serial killer films, Rape and revenge films, Auto-justice
Actors David Hess, Annie Belle, Lorraine De Selle, Brigitte Petronio
Rating57% 2.852442.852442.852442.852442.85244
Alex (David Hess) is a darkly sinister thug driving around New York City at night when he spots a young woman (Karoline Mardeck) driving alongside him. He follows the woman to a nearby park where he cuts her off, gets out of his car, and runs into hers where he throws her into the back seat and proceeds to savagely rape her before strangling her to death. He takes her locket as a trophy to another one of his many killings.
Cannibal Holocaust, 1h38
Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Rape and revenge films
Actors Robert Kerman, Carl Gabriel Yorke, Shelley Duvall, Francesca Ciardi, Luca Barbareschi, Ruggero Deodato
Rating58% 2.9063352.9063352.9063352.9063352.906335
An American film crew has gone missing in the Amazon rainforest while on an expedition to film a documentary about indigenous cannibal tribes. The team consists of Alan Yates, the director; Faye Daniels, his girlfriend and script girl; and two cameramen, Jack Anders and Mark Tomaso. Harold Monroe, an anthropologist at New York University, agrees to lead a rescue team in hopes of finding the missing filmmakers alive. In anticipation of his arrival, the military conducts a raid on a local tribe known as the Yacumo and takes a young Yacumo male hostage in order to help negotiate with the natives. Monroe flies in via floatplane and is introduced to his guides, Chaco and his assistant, Miguel.