Joe D'Amato was a prolific Italian filmmaker who directed roughly 200 films, usually at the same time acting as producer and cinematographer, and sometimes providing the script as well. While D'Amato contributed to many different genres, the majority of his films are exploitation-themed pornography, both soft and hardcore.
He has directed and produced over 200 movies, and is perhaps most well known for his horror film efforts, many of which went on to become cult movies, and for his hastily-produced remakes of popular American films. He is also famous for merging multiple genres, but in the last phase of his career he devoted to the production of pornographic films, becoming one of the most renowned directors of this genre.
In his honor is held every year in Pietrasanta the Joe D'Amato Horror Festival, with the art direction of Paolo Ruffini.