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Ovidio G. Assonitis

Ovidio Assonitis, an independent film producer and businessman with over 35 years experience in the industry, was born to Greek citizens living in Alexandria, Egypt. Assonitis began an extensive distribution network company catering to the Southeast Asia market in the mid-'60s and in a ten-year period distributed more than 900 films from offices ... See full bio »

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Known For

Tentacles Producer
Choke Canyon Producer
Beyond the Door Producer
Madhouse Producer


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 2003 Red Riding Hood (executive producer: KOA Films Entertainment)
 1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Sabrina Goes to Rome (1998) ... (producer)
 1993 Over the Line (producer)
 1993 American Ninja 5 (producer)
 1992 Scent of a Woman (executive producer - uncredited)
 1992 No Place to Hide (producer)
 1992 Fifty/Fifty (executive producer)
 1991 Lambada (producer)
 1990 American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (producer - uncredited)
 1990 Midnight Ride (producer)
 1990 Rockula (executive producer)
 1989 Beyond the Door III (executive producer)
 1989 Curse II: The Bite (executive producer)
 1989 Sonny Boy (producer)
 1987 The Curse (executive producer) / (producer)
 1987 Iron Warrior (producer - uncredited)
 1986 The Lone Runner (producer)
 1986 Choke Canyon (producer)
 1981 Piranha II: The Spawning (executive producer)
 1981 Madhouse (producer - as Oliver Hellman)
 1980 Steigler and Steigler (producer)
 1979 The Visitor (producer - as Ovidio Assonitis)
 1978 Last Touch of Love (executive producer - as Ovidio Assonitis)
 1977 Tentacles (executive producer)
 1976 The Last Concert (producer)
 1976 Bertolucci secondo il cinema (TV Movie documentary) (producer)
 1976 Forever Emmanuelle (producer - as Oliver Hellman)
 1975 Abicinema (Documentary) (producer)
 1974 Beyond the Door (producer)
 1974 Super Stooges vs the Wonder Women (executive producer - as Ovidio Assonitis) / (presentation producer)
 1973 L'ultima neve di primavera (producer)
 1973 Un amore così fragile, così violento (executive producer - as Ovidio Gabriele Assonitis) / (producer)
 1972 Sacrifice! (producer)
 1972 Who Saw Her Die? (associate producer - as Romeo Assonitis)
 1969 The Labyrinth of Sex (producer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Major stockholder and CEO of Cannon Pictures (1990)

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Ovidio Gabriele Assonitis | Ovidio Assonitis | Romeo Assonitis | O. Hellman | Oliver Hellman

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Personal Quote:

All in all, I am sadly aware that my contributions to the horror genre are not of such historical relevance as, say, The Exorcist (1973) or Psycho (1960). We're not talking masterpieces here, but I have put all my love and enthusiasm into my films and I think it shows. What's most important, I have gained the respect of true horror fans, who are always loyal and extremely perceptive--they know a ... See more »


He was often called "The Rip-Off King" for making rip-offs of popular--and much more expensive--movies, i.e., Beyond the Door (1974) and Tentacles (1977). See more »

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