You celebrated 30
years in horror last year. What is your
strongest memory of your role as Ricky in
Ruggero Deodato's 'The House on
the Edge of the Park' (1979)?
It was my first movie,
so the sheer fact to be on set was a great
emotion in itself and I was lucky because I began
with a big role and one I could easily
understand, because of the trashy and wild life
style I had led in my teenage time. The movie was
somehow stagey (all in one set, no
exteriors) and that helped too because I had some
experience as a stage actor. The greatest emotion
was surely the first day of shooting. Alex and
myself arriving in the villa, with some steps to
descend. Will I be able to make them without
looking? Will I tumble down like Jack and Jill?
year you worked with horror master-director Lucio
Fulci in 'Gates of Hell'.
What about his style and method as a director do
you think accounts for his amazing success?
Fulci had a
great visual style and mastered the camera
perfectly. Plots probably interested him less and
in my opinion the Gates of Hell story doesnt
make head or tail somehow, but the atmosphere is
great. If Lucio felt that an actor was sure of
himself and with ideas he left a lot of freedom
and that was my case. He respected my theatre
background and was always very kind and
complimentary to me. A great master.
were also great as Charlie Bukowski, the deranged
Vietnam veteran in Antonio Margheriti's
'Cannibal Apocalypse' in
1980. How did you get into character for
At that point
I had some experience with losers and loonies,
and Bukowski was a very well written character. I
had no problems getting into it, and Margheriti
was very helpful. Such a sweet man and such a
You've been in
so many Do you have any great horror movies
- 'Demons 3' (1989), 'Murder
in an Etruscan Cemetery' (1982),
'Cannibal Ferox' (1981), 'The
Omen' (2006), 'The
Devil's Daughter' (1991), 'House
of Flesh Mannequins' (2009), 'Sound
Stage Massacre' (1987),
etc. What has been your best and worst
experience filming a horror movie and why?
a different title for something, I wasnt in
Demons 3 and the same goes for The Devils
Daughter. Anyway my favourite movie is
undoubtedly Cannibal Apocalypse, both for the
role I had and for my special love for Margheriti
and the worst I made is Cannibal Ferox. Stupid
and violent script, bombastic acting (at least
mine) and Lenzi...well, he was Lenzi
Yes, the movies were
all yours, but I think the titles were different
depending on where they were released. 'Demons
3' was also called 'The
Church and Demon Cathedral', 'The
Devils Daughter' was also
called Demons 4 and
The Sect. Anyway, so tell me a little bit about
your upcoming project 'Eaten to
an idea I was offered. Its a script so
violent to be funny. As a matter of fact quite
hilarious at times, so I said yes why not, also
considering that my role is involved in a
sub-plot in NY and has nothing to do with either
the jungle or cannibals of any kind. But, you
know, I receive a lot of scripts and ideas, but
from this to reality its a big step.
Do you have
any other projects lined up you would like
to let the racksandrazors.com readers know about?
Well, I am
very involved with the stage work and just
directed a Neil Simon play (The Dinner Party) in
which I act from time to time, sharing the role
with the producer, whos very busy at times
and cant always be there. And I think I
will revive for the third time my role of
Reverend Marius in Athol Fugards Road to
Mecca. In addition theres a project
concerning Off by Michael Kearns, a very extreme
American play I translated and in which I should
act as a black drag queen on her way to death
As for movies
I am waiting for the UK movie The Beautiful
Outsider to start. I will be with David Hess
again and I cant wait.
also have done horror convention
shows? As a cult star I'm sure you get
asked a lot of unusual questions. What is
the strangest thing a fan has ever asked of you?
If I got
excited in the sex scenes
The poor fellow
didnt know about being fucking cold and
with twenty people watching you.
werewolves, zombies, witches, creatures, aliens,
telemarketers...what does it for you horrorwise
Johnny and why?
As a matter of
fact my favorites are ghosts. I love them. The
Uninvited was a real party for me. I love aliens
too and would love to see them arriving one day,
making the politics petty things of the world so
stupid all of a sudden
Okay, we're pulling
into the Lombardo Radice Drive In. What
three horror flicks are on the triple bill for
tonight and what goodies are they going to be
serving up at the concession stand?
Sorry but I am
not a horror fan, can we switch to thrillers? In
that case they would be Seven, What Happened To
Baby Jane and Psycho and I would like watching
them with a Big Mac Menu. What else at a Drive
favorite horror flick death scene?
one in Cannibal Apocalypse.
best Halloween costume you ever had?
dressed up for Halloween.
you in real life?
The idea of
having an accident with my moped, going blind,
crazy people, violence in general.