José Antonio Pérez Giner
One person that is really needed to make movies happen is the producer. They are the ones that get the money to be able to make the money. Even on the lowest of budgets, someone needs to make sure things are happening, from having a crew, getting them paid, if they are even getting paid, or at least fed while their working. But it is also finding the right people for the job. So while they might not have their hands directly in the creative aspect of the filmmaking process, it is still a very important job.
In the Spanish film industry, José Antonio Pérez Giner was one man who help bring a lot of my favorite Spanish horrors to the screen. He started as a production manager, working on films like Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966), as well as a couple of Paul Naschy’s films, such as The Werewolf vs the Vampire Women (1971). But he moved into the producer role, getting films made like Naschy’s Horror Rises from the Tomb (1973) and Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974), as well as Amando de Ossorio’s Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972) and Loreley’s Grasp (1974), as many, many other great films. Also love knowing that there are some producers out there that understand the importance of the horror genre, even if they know it is a profitable one, they still want to create something magical. And I think he did just that.
In 2003, he was awarded the Career Award at the Sant Jordi Awards. In 2008 at Sitges, he was presented the Time-Machine Honorary Award.