Horror History: Luciano Pigozzi

luciano pigozziLuciano Pigozzi
Born Jan. 10th, 1927 – Died June 14th, 2008

Sometimes referred as the “Italian Peter Lorre”, Pigozzi is more like the Italian Michael Ripper, because if you watch any amount of Italian films, whether it be westerns, horror, giallo, or any type of exploitation films, you will probably see Pigozzi in there somewhere. And like both Ripper and Lorre, he was always entertaining to see on screen.

Appearing in more than 100 films, sometimes billed under the name Alan Collins, one of his first genre roles was in the 1961 film Lycanthropus, which was re-titled under the more exploitive title Werewolf in a Girl’s Dormitory. But he can also be seen in several of Mario Bava’s films, such as The Whip and the Body (1963), Blood and Black Lace (1964), and Baron Blood (1972), as well as plenty of titles from director Antonio Margheriti, who he was good friends with. He also appeared in some of the more cheesy Italian fare, such as Yor, The Hunter from the Future (1982) and Exterminators of the Year 3000 (1983).

So the next time you’re watching an older Italian film, keep an eye out in the opening credits for Pigozzi (or Collins), or look for that wonderful and easily recognizable face. Then you can impress your fellow movie friends by shouting out “Hey! That’s Luciano Pigozzi!”