The bloodthirsty doll, the killing psychopath and the most gruesome killings. In the eighties the slasher films were extremely popular with the general public. Nowadays, remakes and reboots are made of the classics like Friday 13th and Maniac Cop. This revaluation inspired Imagine to honor the classics with Slash-O-Rama! a celebration of the most bloody 80’s slashers with a career talk of director and distributor William Lustig.
William Lustig grew up near the grubby movie theaters on New York’s 42nd Street. Not so strange that the rugged New York from the 70s and 80s plays a leading role in his best films, such as Maniac, Vigilante, and Maniac Cop. In those films, the dilapidated city was the field of work of serial killers, merciless avengers and murderous policemen. But Lustig also developed a lifelong love on 42nd Street for the obscure European genre film, especially at that time. After finishing his feature film career in 1996, the passionate film fan took over. Since 2002, Lustig has been CEO of Blue Underground DVD / Blu-ray label, where he is responsible for superb reissues and restorations of genre classics, including Dick Maas’ Amsterdamned.