The Oldenburg Movie Competition, Germany’s main impartial movie fest, will honor Ovidio Assonitis, the so-called “King of the Rip-Offs,” with its 2021 retrospective.
The Egyptian-born director, who grew up in Greece and commenced his profession in Italy, is legendary (some would say notorious) for B-movie classics, together with Tentacles (1977) — a low-budget Jaws rip-off starring John Huston and Shelley Winters combating a killer octopus, the Exorcist “impressed” Behind The Door (1974), and Piranha II: The Spawning (1981), one other Jaws-style horror movie that includes piranhas and finest referred to as the characteristic debut of Titanic director James Cameron, who Assonitis famously fired early into the manufacturing, ending the movie himself, although Cameron’s title remained on the credit.
Oldenburg will display Tentacles, Behind the Door, and Piranha II, together with Assonitis’ Who Noticed Her Die (1972), The Customer (1979), and Madhouse (1981) as a part of its retrospective. Assonitis will attend Oldenburg in particular person. The 2021 competition runs Sept. 15-19.
Assonitis, whose work has been cited as an affect by the likes of Joe Dante and Quentin Tarantino, additionally famously received a authorized battle with Warner Bros., who sued the filmmaker after the Behind the Door turned a significant business success within the U.S., grossing some $15 million. Warner claimed copyright infringement, citing apparent similarities between the supernatural horror story and the studio’s The Exorcist. The court docket thought in another way and Warner was compelled to settle and agreed as a substitute to a four-picture take care of Assonitis.
Assonitis’ final movie as a director was the Out of Management (1992), a Deadly Attraction-esque erotic thriller, however the filmmaker continued to supply for a number of years, with credit on such options as American Ninja 5 (1993) and the 2003 horror title Purple Using Hood.