Let Them Fight! Dario Argento vs. Lucio Fulci

Welcome to “Let Them Fight!”, where we pit two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and let YOU, the commenters decide on who reigns supreme! For an overview of past fights and what’s coming up, click here .

What to Consider

Obviously, which director do you think is better than the other? But what film of theirs proves your point. Remember, it isn’t so much about which film made the most money or was a critical darling, but in your mind which director is better than the other in terms of style, risk, scope, etc.

How I Tally the Votes

I look at the comments posted (only first comments, no replies) to see who they picked. I don’t count comments that don’t give a clear answer on who they chose. If you want your comment to count make sure it is not a reply to someone else’s comment and has a clear definite winner.

Now on to today’s foreign director fighters: Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci.


Dario Argento

Date of Birth: September 7, 1940 (age 78)

1970s Directorial Features: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971), Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971), The Five Days of Milan (1973), Deep Red (1975), Suspiria (1977)

1980s Directorial Features: Inferno (1980), Tenebre (1982), Phenomena (1985), Opera (1987), Trauma (1993), The Stendhal Syndrome (1996), The Phantom of the Opera (1998)

2000s/2010s Directorial Features: Sleepless (2001), The Card Player (2004), Mother of Tears (2007), Giallo (2009), Dracula 3D (2012)


Lucio Fulci

Date of Birth: June 17, 1927 (died; age 68)

1950s Directorial Features: The Last Days of Pompeii (1950), Man, Beast and Virtue (1953), A Day in Court (1954), The Thieves (1959), Jukebox Kids (1959)

1960s Directorial Features: Howlers in the Dock (1960), Getting Away With It…Italian Style (1962), Those Two in the Foreign Legion (1962), The Masseuses (1962), A Strange Type (1963), The Swindlers (1963), The Maniacs (1964), Two Escapees from Sing Sing (1964), The Two Public Enemies (1964), Oh! Those Most Secret Agents (1964), How We Got Into Trouble with the Army (1965), 002 Operation Moon (1965), The Two Parachutists (1965), How We Robbed the Bank of Italy (1966), Massacre Time (1966), How We Stole the Atomic Bomb (1967), The Long, The Short, The Cat (1967), Operation Saint Peter’s (1967), One on Top of the Other (1969), The Conspiracy of Torture (1969)

1970s Directorial Features: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1971), The Eroticist (1972), Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972), White Fang (1973), Challenge to White Fang (1974), Dracula in the Provinces (1975), Four of the Apocalypse (1975), My Sister in Law (1976), The Psychic (1977), Silver Saddle (1978), Zombi 2 (1979)

1980s Directorial Features: Contraband (1980), City of the Living Dead (1980), The Black Cat (1981), The Beyond (1981), The House by the Cemetery (1981), The New York Ripper (1982), Manhattan Baby (1982), Conquest (1983), The New Gladiators (1983), Murder Rock (1983), The Devil’s Honey (1986), Aenigma (1987), Zombi 3 (1988), Touch of Death (1988), Sodoma’s Ghost (1988), The Sweet House of Horrors (1989), The House of Clocks (1989)

1990s Directorial Features: Demonia (1990), A Cat in the Brain (1990), Voices from Beyond (1991), Door to Silence (1991), The Wax Mask (1997)


Alright, FIGHT!