The world just became a little less trashy (in a bad way) - Cirio Santiago dead at 72

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The world just became a little less trashy (in a bad way) - Cirio Santiago dead at 72

Post-apocalyptic impresario Cirio Santiago, perhaps responsible for more Mad Max-inspired madness than any other filmmaker, passed away on Friday, September 26th at the age of 72 from lung cancer. A veteran of the Roger Corman ranks, Santiago has been canonized by Quentin Tarantino (citing Santiago's work as one of the many influences on his Kill Bill pictures) and was set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Film Academy of the Philippines next month.

He was currently in production on a sequel to one of his better know Max riffs, Stryker, to be titled Road Raiders. No word on whether and how that project may now be completed.

Why not track down a copy of Wheels of Fire or Future Hunters and pay tribute to a low-budget legend?

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albert pyunOctober 1, 2008 8:12 PM

Very sad. The first work I did when I moved from Hawaii to Los Angeles was cutting a trailer for one of Cirio's films. Can't recall the title, but it involved busty women kicking male ass in the jungle. This was circa 1977. I remember watching the scenes over and over and being really amazed at Cirio's audacity and daring. I worked for Dimension Pictures and they acquired a number of Cirio's films. That was the heyday of exploitation films. I miss those wild and inventive days.

mikeleederOctober 1, 2008 8:37 PM

Thats another loss to the industry...I was supposed to go over and work on "Road Raiders', but was tied up with stuff in HK....will speak to Erika and Nick and find out how the post on the movie is far as I know they had completed shooting and were just in post

We'll miss you Ciro....

killedcatOctober 1, 2008 8:48 PM

Wheels of Fire was awesome - Lynda Wiesmeier yum yum. The Muthers, Firehawk, Death Force all wicked movies. When you talk to a 12 year old about the kind of movies they'd like to see made, they describe Cirio's flicks - then he went out and made them. I know everyone is sure that Lee Donowitz was based on Joel Silver but part of me always hoped there was some of Cirio in him.
Will be re-renting Wheels of Fire this weekend.