Bruno Mattei (30 July 1931 – 21 May 2007) was an Italian film director and editor who gained a cult following for his bizarre and sleazy exploitation films. He used many pseudonyms, predominantly Vincent Dawn (choosing that surname as a nod to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead). Mattei got his start in Italian exploitation cinema by directing several sexy Nazi death camp films in 1977, followed by some porn and nuns-ploitation films. In 1980, he directed two of his most infamous horror shockers, "THE OTHER HELL" and "VIRUS: HELL OF THE LIVING DEAD", followed a few years later by the delirious "RATS: NIGHT OF TERROR" and the ultra-gory "ZOMBIE 3" (which he co-directed with Lucio Fulci in the Philippines), and several torrid Emanuelle sex movies starring Laura Gemser. In all, he made over 50 films, many of them very low budget. However they have attracted a huge cult following. Sadly, Mattei was hospitalized in early May 2007 due to complications from a brain tumor, and lapsed into a coma shortly after. He died on May 21, 2007 at age 75.