Gianfranco Clerici

Gianfranco Clerici (Italian pronunciation: [dʒaɱˈfraŋko ˈklɛːritʃi]) is an Italian writer of numerous screenplays for Italian film and television productions.[1]

Gianfranco Clerici
Pen nameFrank Clark, Mark Davis
GenreExploitation, horror, action
Notable worksCannibal Holocaust
Don't Torture a Duckling
The House on the Edge of the Park

He has collaborated with several directors of exploitation cinema, including Lucio Fulci and Ruggero Deodato. Many of his scripts went on to become controversial films.

Writing career

Clerici began his career writing genre films, such as spy thrillers (popularized by the James Bond series) and spaghetti westerns. As genre films fell out of favor with audiences, he moved on to writing giallo films, including Don't Torture a Duckling and later The New York Ripper, both directed by Lucio Fulci. He also wrote several crime films, including A Special Cop in Action and Blazing Magnums.

Toward the end of the nineteen seventies, Clerici began to write scripts for more exploitative films, such as Emanuelle Around the World and Nazi Love Camp 27. Also around this time, Clerici began his famous collaboration with director Ruggero Deodato. He wrote the scripts for Last Cannibal World and The House on the Edge of the Park, the latter of which was filmed in 1978, but remained unreleased until 1980.

Another Deodato collaboration, Cannibal Holocaust,[2] became his most famous screenplay due to the controversy the film caused upon its release. Ten days after its release, the film was seized and Clerici, Deodato, the film's producers, and a representative of the distribution company were arrested for obscenity. Deodato was later charged with murder after claims had been made that actors were genuinely slain for the production. When these charges were proven false, all defendants were fined and received a four-month suspended sentence after being convicted for obscenity.

Clerici continued writing screenplays throughout the nineteen eighties for both theatrical and television productions. His last projects were mainly made for television movies and television series.


Year Title Role Notes
1967Adios, HombrePabloUncredited
1971Anche per Django le carogne hanno un prezzoPedro Ramirez
1971Paid in BloodJerry Shannon
1972God Is My Colt .45Manuel
1973Simbad e il califfo di Bagdad(final film role)


  1. New York Times
  2. Michael Weldon (1996). The psychotronic video guide. Macmillan. p. 89. Retrieved 2010-07-12.

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