Biography

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 write the screenplay, which took just six weeks to write and direct. "Macabro" was released in Italy in February 1980 to mixed reviews, but won him recognition by his father Mario. Just two months later Mario Bava died, and an era in Italian film making came to a close.

'Macabro" was not the box-office hit and, as a result, Lamberto went back to assistant directing. He worked with Dario Argento again in 1982 with Tenebrae (1982). In 1983 Lamberto was offered to direct another film, titled A Blade in the Dark (1983), which was a violent mystery thriller shot in only three weeks on a tight budget and filmed almost entirely in a producer friend's house. Next he directed the action-flick Blastfighter (1984), which was filmed in the state of Georgia, and immediately afterwards directed the Jaws (1975)-like thriller Devil Fish (1984), which was shot in Florida. On both films Lamberto was purely a director for hire and had nothing to do with the script or production end. He used the pseudonym of "John Old Jr." for this film, which was a tribute to his father Mario, who often used the pseudonym "John M. Old".

He enjoyed his best commercial success to date with Demons (1985) ("Demons"), produced by Dario Argento, co-written by Dardano Sacchetti and filmed in West Berlin, Germany. This films international success allowed him to co-write, produce and direct a sequel, Demons 2 (1986). Lamberto returned to "giallo" thrillers with Delirium (1987).

In the late 1980s the Italian cinema turned moribund. Lamberto, like most of his colleagues, turned to making films for Italian television. He also directed a remake of his father's Black Sunday (1960), which was titled La maschera del demonio (1990).

Nowadays Lamberto Bava continues to divide his time between TV work and a few movies, acknowledging his inspiration from his late father, Mario.

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 write the screenplay, which took just six weeks to write and direct. "Macabro" was released in Italy in February 1980 to mixed reviews, but won him recognition by his father Mario. Just two months later Mario Bava died, and an era in Italian film making came to a close.

'Macabro" was not the box-office hit and, as a result, Lamberto went back to assistant directing. He worked with Dario Argento again in 1982 with Tenebrae (1982). In 1983 Lamberto was offered to direct another film, titled A Blade in the Dark (1983), which was a violent mystery thriller shot in only three weeks on a tight budget and filmed almost entirely in a producer friend's house. Next he directed the action-flick Blastfighter (1984), which was filmed in the state of Georgia, and immediately afterwards directed the Jaws (1975)-like thriller Devil Fish (1984), which was shot in Florida. On both films Lamberto was purely a director for hire and had nothing to do with the script or production end. He used the pseudonym of "John Old Jr." for this film, which was a tribute to his father Mario, who often used the pseudonym "John M. Old".

He enjoyed his best commercial success to date with Demons (1985) ("Demons"), produced by Dario Argento, co-written by Dardano Sacchetti and filmed in West Berlin, Germany. This films international success allowed him to co-write, produce and direct a sequel, Demons 2 (1986). Lamberto returned to "giallo" thrillers with Delirium (1987).

In the late 1980s the Italian cinema turned moribund. Lamberto, like most of his colleagues, turned to making films for Italian television. He also directed a remake of his father's Black Sunday (1960), which was titled La maschera del demonio (1990).

Nowadays Lamberto Bava continues to divide his time between TV work and a few movies, acknowledging his inspiration from his late father, Mario.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 49

Birthday 1944-04-03

Place of Birth Roma, Lazio, Italia

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Also Known As

  • Larry Louis
  • John Old Jr.

Directing TV ShowsMovies

Twins Director
2012 Tailor Made Murder Director
2007 Ghost Son Director
2005 The Torturer Director
1999 Pirates: Blood Brothers Director (4 episodes)Director
1997 The Princess and the Pauper Director
1996 The Cave of the Golden Rose 5 Director
1996 Alisea and the Dream Prince Director
1994 The Cave of the Golden Rose 4 Director
1994 The Dragon Ring Director
1993 The Cave of the Golden Rose 3 Director
1993 Visions Of Murder Director
1992 The Cave of the Golden Rose 2 Director
1992 Body Puzzle Director
1991 The Cave of the Golden Rose Director
1990 Eyewitness Director
1989 The Devil's Veil Director
1989 The Game Director
1988 The Ogre Director
1988 The Prince of Terror Director
1988 The Man Who Didn't Want to Die Director
1987 Delirium: Photo of Gioia Director
1987 Dinner With a Vampire Director
1987 Graveyard Disturbance Director
1987 Until Death Director
1986 Demons 2 Director
1986 Midnight Killer Director
1985 Demons Director
1984 Devilfish Director
1984 Blastfighter Director
1983 A Blade in the Dark Director
1982 Tenebre Assistant Director
1980 Macabre Director
1980 Cannibal Holocaust Assistant Director
1980 Inferno Assistant Director
1979 The Venus of Ille Director
1974 Rabid Dogs Assistant Director
1968 Danger: Diabolik Assistant Director

Writing

2007 Ghost Son Screenplay Story
2005 The Torturer Screenplay
1992 Body Puzzle Screenplay
1989 The Devil's Veil Story
1988 The Ogre Writer
1987 Until Death Screenplay
1987 Graveyard Disturbance Writer
1987 Dinner With a Vampire Screenplay
1986 Demons 2 Writer
1986 Midnight Killer Screenplay
1985 Demons Screenplay
1980 Macabre Writer
1979 The Venus of Ille Screenplay
1977 Shock Screenplay
1975 Waves of Lust Screenstory

Acting

2019 All the Colors of Giallo as Himself
2018 Bava Puzzle as Himself
2016 Blood on Méliès' Moon
2008 Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 as Himself
2004 The Three Faces of Terror as Himself
2004 Mario Bava: Operazione paura as Himself
2000 Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre as Himself
1988 The Ogre as Man in bar (uncredited)
1987 Graveyard Disturbance as Shop Keeper
1986 Demons 2 as Sally's Father
1986 Midnight Killer as Police Photographer
1985 Demons as 1st Man Exiting Subway (uncredited)
1982 Tenebre as Elevator Repairman #1 (uncredited)

Production

1999 Pirates: Blood Brothers Producer
1989 The Devil's Veil Producer
1988 The Man Who Didn't Want to Die Producer
1988 The Prince of Terror Producer
1986 Midnight Killer Producer
1983 A Blade in the Dark Producer
1974 Rabid Dogs Producer

Editing

1986 Midnight Killer Editor
1983 A Blade in the Dark Editor

Creator

1991 Fantaghirò Creator

Crew

1984 Devilfish Additional Writing

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