William Lustig Signing
Amoeba San Francisco - August 16th @ 2:00pm
William Lustig, one of the greatest exploitation filmmakers of the 1980s, will join us at Amoeba San Francisco for a signing and meet-and-greet on Saturday, August 16th at 2pm. Purchase one of his horror classics at Amoeba to meet the director.
William Lustig was born on February 1, 1955 in Bronx, New York. During his teenage years, Lustig avidly watched a huge volume of lowdown trashy exploitation fare at numerous 42nd Street grindhouse theaters in Manhattan and also worked as a movie theater usher in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After graduating from high school, he took a few film classes at New York University.
In 1980, Lustig found himself at the center of a storm of controversy when he made the grim, gory, and disturbing slasher sleaze splatter landmark Maniac, which boasts an incredibly intense performance by the legendary character actor Joe Spinell as a viciously depraved psychopath and plenty of hideously graphic and gruesome make-up effects by genre icon Tom Savini. In 1982, Lustig followed up Maniac with the tough, gritty, and exciting New York urban revenge opus Vigilante. In 1988, he delivered another winner with the terrific Maniac Cop, a violent horror action flick about an undead New York police officer on a killing spree, which was the first of several cinematic collaborations with fellow maverick independent filmmaker Larry Cohen.
Lustig followed up with the 1989 action item Hit List and the suspenseful serial killer thriller Relentless, starring Judd Nelson and Robert Loggia. In 1990, Lustig made the favorite of his films, Maniac Cop 2, which many consider superior to the popular original. Lustig's last film as a director to date was the nifty and enjoyable 1996 fright flick Uncle Sam. Recently Lustig produced the well-received remake of Maniac starring Elijah Wood, and is now producing the reboot of Maniac Cop.
Since 1997, William Lustig went on to initially produce DVDs for Anchor Bay and now currently runs the outstanding home entertainment label Blue Underground, which restores and re-releases popular and little seen cult movies and other grindhouse horror, thriller, action, and western films.
Also checkout MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents The Exploitation of William Lustig at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on August 15th and 16th with Lustig in person on both nights.