Norman J. Warren

Norman John Warren, born 25 June 1942 in London, is a British film director best known for such 1970s horror films as Satan’s Slave (1976), Prey (1977) and Terror (1978). Warren is also known for sex comedies such as Spaced Out (also known as Outer Spaced). Along with Peter Walker, Warren’s films are sometimes dubbed “New Wave” British horror, on account that they upped the ante in terms of explicitness, were set in modern day 1970s Britain and centered around 20 to 30 year old protagonists, which differed them from the period piece horrors of Hammer Films that had gone before. An avid film fan from childhood, Warren entered the film industry as a runner on The Millionairess and as an assistant director (The Dock Brief, 1962) before directing the short film Fragment in 1965. Calcutta-born Bachoo Sen (1934–2002), owner of the Astral cinema in Brewer Street who had an interest in film production, saw Fragment and subsequently hired Warren to direct two feature length sex films, Her Private Hell and Loving Feeling. Both were huge successes, but Warren saw little of the profits.


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