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Joe D’Amato

All Movies and Biography of Italian Director Joe D’Amato

Selected filmography

Heroes in Hell (1973) starring Klaus KinskiDeath Smiles at a Murderer (1973) starring Klaus Kinski
Emanuelle’s Revenge (Emanuelle e Françoise le Sorelline) (1975)
Emanuelle in Bangkok (1976)
Emanuelle in America (1977)
Emanuelle Around the World (1977)
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (Emanuelle e gli ultimi cannibali) (1977) aka „Trap Them And Kill Them“
Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade (1978)
Papaya, Love Goddess of the Cannibals (1978)
Images in a Convent (Immagini di un Convento) (1979)
Porno Holocaust (1979)
Beyond the Darkness (Buio Omega) (1979) aka „Buried Alive“
Erotic Nights of the Living Dead (1980)
Orgasmo Nero (Black Orgasm) (1980)
Antropophagus (1980) aka „The Grim Reaper“, aka „The Man Beast“, aka „Savage Island“
Absurd (1981) aka „Monster Hunter“, aka „Anthropophagous 2“, aka „Grim Reaper 2“, aka „Zombie 6“
Caligula: The Untold Story (1981) (as David Hills)
2020 Texas Gladiators (1982) aka Anno 2020 – I gladiatori del futuro
Ator the Fighting Eagle (1983) aka „Ator The Invincible“, aka „Ator 1“
Endgame (1983)
Blade Master (1985) aka Ator 2: Blademaster, aka „Ator 2: Cave Dwellers“, aka „Ator l’invincibile 2“
Convent of Sinners (La Monaca del Peccato) (1986)
Killing Birds (1987) aka „Raptors“ (co-directed with Claudio Lattanzi)
Quest for the Mighty Sword (1989) aka „Ator 4: Quest for the Mighty Sword“
Deep Blood (1989) aka „Blood in the Abyss“ (a Jaws rip-off)
Return From Death (1992) aka „Frankenstein 2000“

Selected films as producer only

Stage Fright (1987) aka Bloody Bird, directed by Michele SoaviGhosthouse (1988) aka La Casa 3, directed by Umberto LenziWitchery (1988) aka La Casa 4
Hitcher in the dark (1989) aka Fear in the Dark, directed by Umberto Lenzi
La Casa 5: Beyond Darkness (1990) aka La Casa 5
Troll 2 (1990) directed by Claudio FragassoThe Door to Silence (1991) directed by Lucio Fulci

The aliases of Aristide Massaccesi

D’Amato always took credit for his camerawork with his birth name Aristide Massaccesi until his late hardcore phase, when he started to use the pseudonym Frederiko Slonisko.

When first starting to work as a director, he chose to credit the producer or co-director instead because he wanted to avoid interference between his directorial work, of which he did not think much due to budget constraints, and his professional reputation as cinematographer. Around 1973, he started using directorial pseudonyms, the first being Michael Wotruba. The only movie which D’Amato as a director ever took credit for with his birth name was to be Death Smiles at a Murderer (1973); in an interview, D’Amato said he had felt comfortable with the reasonably high budget and the actors he had at his disposal.

In 1974, he first used the name Joe D’Amato as director on the Canadian spaghetti western Cormack of the Mounties, a name proposed by producer Ermanno Donati to resemble Italian American the Italian names of directors such as Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma and which became his better-known pseudonym.

During his lifetime, D’Amato worked under innumerable aliases. Because of this, it is on the one hand possible that there are still Joe D’Amato films which are in circulation, which he wrote or directed, but for which he used an as yet unattributed pseudonym. This seems especially likely for the years devoted to the production of hardcore pornography in the early 1980s and the second half of the 1990s. On the other hand, titles are easily wrongly attributed to D’Amato as long as they are directed by a lesser known director with only one or a few titles in his oeuvre who happened to work in the same genre as D’Amato and whose name is then misinterpreted as a pseudonym of Joe D’Amato. This is largely due to the lack of easily accessible documentation on most of these movies.

The following is a list of pseudonyms D’Amato is known to have used. The names which recur on a regular basis are highlighted in bold.

  • Donna Aubert
  • Stephen Benson
  • Steve Benson
  • John Bird
  • Alexandre Borski
  • Alexandre Borsky
  • James Burke
  • Lee Castle
  • Lynn Clark
  • O.J. Clarke
  • Hugo Clevers
  • Joe D’Amato
  • Joe De Mato
  • Raf de Palma
  • Michael Di Caprio
  • Dario Donati
  • Robert Hall
  • Richard Haller
  • David Hills
  • Igor Horwess
  • George Hudson
  • Kevin Mancuso
  • Arizona Massachuset
  • Andrea Massai
  • J. Metheus
  • Peter Newton
  • Zak Roberts
  • Tom Salima
  • John Shadow
  • Dan Slonisko
  • Federico Slonisco
  • Frederick Slonisco
  • Fédérico Slonisco
  • Frederick Slonisko
  • Frederico Slonisko
  • Frederic Slonisko
  • Frederiko Slonisko
  • Fred Slonisko
  • Chana Lee Sun
  • Chang Lee Sun
  • Michael Wotruba
  • Robert Yip

Anna Bergman, Raf Donato, Gerry Lively, and Romano Gastaldi are sometimes listed under pseudonyms as well. However, these were not mere names, but actual people involved in the production of the respective movies who for various reasons took the credit in D’Amato’s stead, and thus should not be listed as pseudonyms, but allonyms. The same goes for D’Amato’s use of the fictitious character-name Sarah Asproon.


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