Sergio Garrone


Writer/director Sergio Garrone was born in 1925 in Rome, Italy. He serves as a classic example of a journeyman Italian exploitation filmmaker who happily capitalized on whatever cinematic trend was hot at the moment. Garrone began his movie career as a screenwriter and assistant director before making his solo directorial debut with the spaghetti Western Atirar para Viver (1968). Sergio went on to helm several other spaghetti Westerns that include Os Pistoleiros de Boot Hill (1968), Django, o Bastardo (1969), and Quel maledetto giorno della resa dei conti (1971). In 1974 Garrone directed the horror features Le amanti del mostro (1974) and La mano che nutre la morte (1974), both of which starred Klaus Kinski. Sergio achieved his greatest notoriety with the nasty Nazisploitation outings SS Experiment Love Camp (1976) and SS Camp 5: Women’s Hell (1977). These pictures were shot back-to-back using several of the same cast and crew members. As a freelance screenwriter Garrone penned scripts for everything from lowbrow sex comedies (La clinica dell’amore (1976), El periscopio (1979)) to various spaghetti Westerns (Deguejo (1966), Killer Kid (1967)) to even mystery thrillers (Blonde Köder für den Mörder (1969)). After writing the lackluster women-in-prison potboilers Perverse oltre le sbarre (1984) and Detenute violente (1984), Sergio Garrone retired from the film business and reportedly went on to run his own restaurant in Rome, Italy.