Lamberto Bava

Lamberto Bava was born in Rome, Italy, and was the first of a third generation of Italian filmmakers. His grandfather, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cameraman and optics effects artist during the early days of Italian silent cinema. His father, Mario Bava (1914-1980), was a legendary cinematographer, special effects designer and director. Lamberto entered the cinema as his father's personal assistant, starting with Planet of the Vampires (1965). Bit by bit he gained experience from his father, who made him the assistant director for most of the rest of his films. He even co-wrote the screenplay for Shock (1977) ("Shock"), Mario's last theatrical film where. In poor health during the shoot, Mario often feigned illness so Lamberto could direct a few scenes, uncredited, to gain further experience. Both Lamberto and Mario directed the made-for-TV drama I giochi del diavolo: La Venere d'Ille (1979). Both worked on the Dario Argento horror flick Inferno (1980), for which Mario designed some of the color set pieces, including the underwater ballroom, and created all the visual special effects, while Lamberto worked as Argento's assistant director. Late in 1979 Lamberto made his solo directorial debut with Macabre (1980), a tense drama-horror flick loosely based on a 1977 incident in New Orleans about a woman who keeps her lover's severed head in her freezer. According to Lamberto, the project started by chance when producer Pupi Avati approached him to direct as well as ...

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Tenebre (1982)

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Anthony Franciosa  •  John Saxon  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  Christian Borromeo

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Anthony Franciosa  •  John Saxon  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  Christian Borromeo

Blastfighter (1984)

Former cop Jake 'Tiger' Sharp returns to his old hometown after having been in prison for the murder of his wife's killer. Illegal hunting seems to be widespread and inbred rednecks control the city with an iron fist. Jake manages to make himself an enemy to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Michael Sopkiw  •  Valentina Forte  •  George Eastman  •  Stefano Mingardo

Former cop Jake 'Tiger' Sharp returns to his old hometown after having been in prison for the murder of his wife's killer. Illegal hunting seems to be widespread and inbred rednecks control the city with an iron fist. Jake manages to make himself an enemy to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Michael Sopkiw  •  Valentina Forte  •  George Eastman  •  Stefano Mingardo

Tailor Made Murder (2012)

Famous crime writer Randy Williams spends the night with a gorgeous stranger he just met at his latest book signing. Back home he found his wife murdered and is soon suspected as his attractive date has now vanished.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Rob Estes  •  Ana Caterina Morariu  •  Paolo Seganti  •  Clayton Norcross

Famous crime writer Randy Williams spends the night with a gorgeous stranger he just met at his latest book signing. Back home he found his wife murdered and is soon suspected as his attractive date has now vanished.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Rob Estes  •  Ana Caterina Morariu  •  Paolo Seganti  •  Clayton Norcross

The Torturer (2005)

The gorgeous young actress Ginette auditions for the lead role in the first long feature film of the controversial artist Alex Sherba and she's almost immediately submitted to a long series of harassing questions and indecent proposals. Alex quickly turns out to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Simone Corrente  •  Elena Bouryka  •  Carla Cassola  •  María Blanco-Fafián

The gorgeous young actress Ginette auditions for the lead role in the first long feature film of the controversial artist Alex Sherba and she's almost immediately submitted to a long series of harassing questions and indecent proposals. Alex quickly turns out to be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Simone Corrente  •  Elena Bouryka  •  Carla Cassola  •  María Blanco-Fafián

Macabre (1980)

A middle-aged woman, traumatized from the death of her adulterous lover, moves into a room at a New Orleans boarding house where the blind landlord becomes suspicious to her activities of continuing her affair with her dead lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Bernice Stegers  •  Stanko Molnar  •  Roberto Posse  •  Veronica Zinny

A middle-aged woman, traumatized from the death of her adulterous lover, moves into a room at a New Orleans boarding house where the blind landlord becomes suspicious to her activities of continuing her affair with her dead lover.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Bernice Stegers  •  Stanko Molnar  •  Roberto Posse  •  Veronica Zinny

A Blade in the Dark (1983)

A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Andrea Occhipinti  •  Anny Papa  •  Fabiola Toledo  •  Michele Soavi

A killer stalks a composer staying at a posh Tuscany villa while writing the score to a horror film which has an incriminating clue to the killer's identity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Andrea Occhipinti  •  Anny Papa  •  Fabiola Toledo  •  Michele Soavi

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DIRECTION:  Garry S. Grant
CAST:  Mario Bava  •  Joe Dante  •  John Carpenter  •  Tim Burton

Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008)

This documentary examines the life and legacy of controversial Italian filmmaker Lucio Fulci through interviews with his colleagues, each of whom answers the question, "What is your fondest memory of Lucio Fulci?". The responses are as varied as the people who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Baronas
CAST:  Claudio Aliotti  •  Adelaide Aste  •  Gigliola Battaglini  •  Lamberto Bava

This documentary examines the life and legacy of controversial Italian filmmaker Lucio Fulci through interviews with his colleagues, each of whom answers the question, "What is your fondest memory of Lucio Fulci?". The responses are as varied as the people who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Baronas
CAST:  Claudio Aliotti  •  Adelaide Aste  •  Gigliola Battaglini  •  Lamberto Bava

The Ogre (1988)

An American horror writer, haunted by childhood nightmares, moves to an old mansion in Italy with her husband and young son only to discover the nightmares were real.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Paolo Malco  •  Virginia Bryant  •  Sabrina Ferilli  •  Stefania Montorsi

An American horror writer, haunted by childhood nightmares, moves to an old mansion in Italy with her husband and young son only to discover the nightmares were real.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Paolo Malco  •  Virginia Bryant  •  Sabrina Ferilli  •  Stefania Montorsi

The Three Faces of Terror (2004)

In the first story two grave robbers, thieving from an ancient Etruscan burial ground, gets in trouble when one of them tries out a ring which passes a werewolf curse to him! The second one is about a woman who wants to look like her best friend and goes to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergio Stivaletti
CAST:  John Phillip Law  •  Riccardo Serventi Longhi  •  Elisabetta Rocchetti  •  Emiliano Reggente

In the first story two grave robbers, thieving from an ancient Etruscan burial ground, gets in trouble when one of them tries out a ring which passes a werewolf curse to him! The second one is about a woman who wants to look like her best friend and goes to a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sergio Stivaletti
CAST:  John Phillip Law  •  Riccardo Serventi Longhi  •  Elisabetta Rocchetti  •  Emiliano Reggente

Dinner with a Vampire (1987)

A camera crew unearths a thousand year old vampire from Mesopotamia. Years after his rise from the grave, the vampire becomes a famous horror film director and holds auditions for his up and coming film. Four young hopefuls are chosen and are invited to spend the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  George Hilton  •  Isabel Russinova  •  Patrizia Pellegrino  •  Riccardo Rossi

A camera crew unearths a thousand year old vampire from Mesopotamia. Years after his rise from the grave, the vampire becomes a famous horror film director and holds auditions for his up and coming film. Four young hopefuls are chosen and are invited to spend the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  George Hilton  •  Isabel Russinova  •  Patrizia Pellegrino  •  Riccardo Rossi

Graveyard Disturbance (1987)

Five young robbers spend a whole night in a dark catacomb to win a priceless treasure. They will have to fight against lots of ferocious zombies and vampires. At the end they will meet the Death in person!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Gregory Lech Thaddeus  •  Lea Martino  •  Beatrice Ring  •  Gianmarco Tognazzi

Five young robbers spend a whole night in a dark catacomb to win a priceless treasure. They will have to fight against lots of ferocious zombies and vampires. At the end they will meet the Death in person!  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Gregory Lech Thaddeus  •  Lea Martino  •  Beatrice Ring  •  Gianmarco Tognazzi

Delirium: Photo of Gioia (1987)

This spaghetti horror's storyline revolves around a former hooker (Grandi) running a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (occasionally increasing the magazine's output) and supplies the mistress with pictures of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Serena Grandi  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  David Brandon  •  George Eastman

This spaghetti horror's storyline revolves around a former hooker (Grandi) running a successful men's magazine. An obsessed admirer systematically slaughters her models (occasionally increasing the magazine's output) and supplies the mistress with pictures of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Serena Grandi  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  David Brandon  •  George Eastman

Devilfish (1984)

A marine biologist, a dolphin trainer, a research scientist, and a local sheriff try to hunt down a large sea monster, a shark/octopus hybrid, that is devouring swimmers and fishermen off a south Florida coast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Michael Sopkiw  •  Valentine Monnier  •  Gianni Garko  •  William Berger

A marine biologist, a dolphin trainer, a research scientist, and a local sheriff try to hunt down a large sea monster, a shark/octopus hybrid, that is devouring swimmers and fishermen off a south Florida coast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Michael Sopkiw  •  Valentine Monnier  •  Gianni Garko  •  William Berger

Demons (1985)

A group of people are trapped in a West Berlin movie theater infested with ravenous demons who proceed to kill and possess the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Urbano Barberini  •  Natasha Hovey  •  Karl Zinny  •  Paola Cozzo

A group of people are trapped in a West Berlin movie theater infested with ravenous demons who proceed to kill and possess the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Urbano Barberini  •  Natasha Hovey  •  Karl Zinny  •  Paola Cozzo

Body Puzzle (1992)

A homicide detective realizes that the brutal murders committed by a mysterious serial killer he's after have something to do with the late husband of a beautiful widow.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Joanna Pacula  •  Tomas Arana  •  François Montagut  •  Erika Blanc

A homicide detective realizes that the brutal murders committed by a mysterious serial killer he's after have something to do with the late husband of a beautiful widow.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Joanna Pacula  •  Tomas Arana  •  François Montagut  •  Erika Blanc

Visions Of Murder (1993)

Jesse Newman is an ambitious psychologist in a therapy center. One day Gloria Hager appears in her office and starts telling about her husband, who beats her. But suddenly she runs out... When Jesse starts having visions of Gloria shortly after, she at first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Andrea Osvárt  •  Craig Bierko  •  Alessandro Riceci  •  Eliana Miglio

Jesse Newman is an ambitious psychologist in a therapy center. One day Gloria Hager appears in her office and starts telling about her husband, who beats her. But suddenly she runs out... When Jesse starts having visions of Gloria shortly after, she at first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Andrea Osvárt  •  Craig Bierko  •  Alessandro Riceci  •  Eliana Miglio

Pirates: Blood Brothers (1999)

Two brothers fell in love with the same woman, who was nearly killed by one of them in an accident. After the two men parted in anger, they meet years later when one is a famous pirate and the other one is a soldier who needs to hunt him down...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Mario Adorf  •  Jennifer Nitsch  •  Anna Falchi  •  Nicholas Rogers

Two brothers fell in love with the same woman, who was nearly killed by one of them in an accident. After the two men parted in anger, they meet years later when one is a famous pirate and the other one is a soldier who needs to hunt him down...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Mario Adorf  •  Jennifer Nitsch  •  Anna Falchi  •  Nicholas Rogers

Ghost Son (2007)

A widowed newlywed stays on her deceased husband's South African farm, then bears a child who seems to be possessed by the dead man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Laura Harring  •  John Hannah  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni

A widowed newlywed stays on her deceased husband's South African farm, then bears a child who seems to be possessed by the dead man.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lamberto Bava
CAST:  Laura Harring  •  John Hannah  •  Pete Postlethwaite  •  Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni

Shock (1977)

A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman's former husband who possesses her young son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Bava
CAST:  Daria Nicolodi  •  John Steiner  •  David Colin Jr.  •  Ivan Rassimov

A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman's former husband who possesses her young son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Bava
CAST:  Daria Nicolodi  •  John Steiner  •  David Colin Jr.  •  Ivan Rassimov
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