#1: 1989

#2: [Left] with dir Danny Draven

 

   


  MAC AHLBERG

 

Born: 12 June 1931, Ängelholm, Sweden.

Died: 26 October 2012, Cupra Marittima, Italy.

Career: Ph music videos, e.g. Michael Jackson's 'Black or White' dir by John Landis.

Also active as director under his own name and the pseudonym Bert Torn. Wrote screenplays under the pseudonym Edward Mannering.

Retired in 2006.

Awards: Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award for 'Best Cinematography' [1990] for 'Ghost Town'.


"Mac [Ahlberg] was a huge part of the Empire years. When I think of films like 'Metalstorm', 'Ghoulies', 'Trancers', 'Re-Animator' and later 'From Beyond' and even 'Meridian' my memories are always about Mac and how we had such a great time on and off the set. Mac was an extremely talented and gentle man and also a great barometer of talent and taste. We spoke Italian together when we were shooting which made the actors even more paranoid than they usually are.

I loved Mac and will miss him greatly - but his beautiful work will live forever." [Charles Band, Full Moon Features CEO]

 

"Mac shot my first film, and a few after. He was a legendary D.P., and shot some of my favorite horror films. I'm honored to have worked with him as a director. He was a real talent and amazing person, and the one who introduced me to Stuart Gordon. EVERYTHING I learned about cinematography and working with a D.P., I learned from Mac. Even in his eighties, he was hanging out of cars with me low-budget style to get shots. I'm heartbroken to hear of his passing, and I'll never forget all the great times on and off set we spent together. CHEERS TO MAC!" [Director Danny Draven]

 

"I always called Mac 'The Professor' because he taught me how to shoot a movie. He had been brought in to take over as DP during our second week of shooting 'Re-Animator' back in November of 1984 and the first time I met him was on the set, a situation that was awkward at best. But Mac put me immediately at ease. 'I'm here to do whatever you want,' he told me, which was saying a lot as he had worked on a hundred movies and this was my very first.

Mac put everyone at ease, his twinkling eyes and a joke at the right moment diffused any tense moment, and the actors loved him because he always made them look terrific. And I loved him for the same reason: he made my movie look terrific and made me look like I knew what I was doing.

Mac and I worked together on seven movies and we became friends for life. A director and a DP need to have rapport, but I think it's extremely rare for them to love each other. Mac was always telling me about his place in Cupra Marittima overlooking the Adriatic on the east coast of Italy. 'You must visit me there,' he would often tell me, 'I'll make hamburgers for you.'

Mac retired to Cupra a few years ago and my wife Carolyn and I visited him there three years ago. [Thank God he and his wife Mary made us risotto con funghi porcini.] When we left, Mac and I hugged each other, both of us knowing that it could be the last time we would see each other. And it was." [Director Stuart Gordon]

[From the website Full Moon Horror.com, November 9th, 2012.]


 

 FILMS

1954

Västkustsommar - En film om Smögen [Bengt U. Hasselblad] c; doc/?m

1956

Fosterbarn [Egil Holmsen] 16mm & 35mm/b&w; doc/337mtr (35mm: 843mtr)

1964

Sängen [- En respektlös historik] [Mac Ahlberg] c; short/14m

1964

Kattorna/Kvindedyr/The Cats [Henning Carlsen] b&w

1965

Jag - en kvinna/Jeg - en kvinde/I, a Woman [Mac Ahlberg] b&w

1966

Ormen/The Serpent [Hans Abramson] b&w

1966

Prinsessan/The Princess/A Time in the Sun [Åke Falck] c; cph: Ralph Evers & Hans Emanuelsson

1967

Jag - en markis - med uppdrag att älska/Jeg - en marki/I, a Nobleman/The Reluctant Sadist [Mac Ahlberg & Peer Guldbrandsen] b&w

1968

Vindingevals/Waltz of Sex [Åke Falck] c

1968

Cavalleria Rusticana [Åke Falck] c; opera film/76m; 2uc; ph: Ernst Wild

1969

3 slags kærlighed/I, a Woman 3/The Daughter [Mac Ahlberg] c

1974

Porr i skandalskolan/Skandal i skolan/The Second Coming of Eva [Bert Torn (= Mac Ahlberg)] c; as Robert Berne; + co-scrpl (as Edward Mannering)/co-stills (as Robert Berne)

1976

Molly - familjeflickan/Sex in Sweden [Bert Torn (= Mac Ahlberg)] c; as Bert Torn; cph: Jean-Jacques Renon; + scrpl (as Edward Mannering)

1977

The Boy in the Fog [Arne Mattsson] unfinished

1977

Somewhere, Sometime [Arne Mattsson] existence of film is doubtful or possibly unfinished

1978

Nocturna [: Granddaughter of Dracula] [Harry Tampa (= Harry Hurwitz)] c

1980

Hell Night [Tom DeSimone] c

1981

The Seduction [David Schmoeller] c; addph: Daniel Pearl

1981

Parasite [Charles Band] Stereovision 3-D/c

1982

Young Warriors/The Graduates of Malibu High [Lawrence D. Foldes] c; addph: Jacques Haitkin & Tom DeNove

1982

My Tutor [George Bowers] c

1982

Chained Heat [Paul Nicholas] c

1983

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn [Charles Band] StereoVision-3D/c; vfx ph: Frank H. Isaacs

1983

Parasite II [?] unrealized Stereovision 3-D project

1983

The Dungeonmaster/Ragewar [- The Challenges of Excalibrate] [Charles Band, Rose-Marie Turko, John Carl Buechler, Peter Manoogian, David Allen, Steven Ford & Ted Nicolaou] c; 7 seg; 2uc: Robert Ebinger & Michael Wilson

1983

Swordkill/Ghost Warrior [Larry Carroll] c; ph add 2u: Rob Ebinger

1984

Prime Risk [Michael Farkas] c

1984

Ghoulies [Luca Bercovici] c; addph: Michael Wilson

1984

Trancers/Future Cop [Charles Band] c

1984

Re-Animator [Stuart Gordon] c; ext ph: Stephen Sealy; addph: Robert Ebinger; 2uc: David Schmier

1985

House [Steve Miner] c

1985

Zone Troopers [Danny Bilson] c

1985

Eliminators [Peter Manoogian] c

1985

Crawlspace [David Schmoeller] c

1985

Dolls [Stuart Gordon] c

1986

H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond [Stuart Gordon] c; anim ph: Jim Stewart

1986

House II: The Second Story [Ethan Wiley] c; 2uc: Kris Rao; efx ph: Justin Klarenbeck; stop motion ph: Sheila Duignan

1987

Robot Jox/Robojox [Stuart Gordon] c

1987

Pulse Pounders/Pulse Pounders Vol. 1 [Charles Band] c; 3 (x 30m) seg: 'The Evil Clergyman' (filmed April), 'Trancers II' (filmed October) & 'Dungeonmaster II'; 'Pulse Pounders' was shot in 1987 and edited in 1988 before financial difficulties prevented it from being released. In addition, the original 35mm negative for the 3 episodes has never been found. In 2011 a work print on VHS was discovered and Charles Band and a team of digital experts have been working for the last year digitally restoring it; in 2012 the seg 'The Evil Clergyman' was released on DVD; see 2013

1987

Prison [Renny Harlin] c; 2uc: David Boyd

1987

Ghost Town [Richard Governor & (uncred) Mac Ahlberg] c; addph: Stephen W. Gray; 2uc: David Boyd & Bob Gray

1987

Arena [Peter Manoogian] c

1988

DeepStar Six [Sean S. Cunningham] s35/c; uwph: Pete Romano & Al Giddings (add footage)

1988

House III - The Horror Show/The Horror Show/House III [James Isaac (replaced David Blyth)] c; spec pfx: Peter Kuran

1989

Wes Craven's Shocker [Wes Craven] c; addph; ph: Jacques Haitkin

1989

Meridian/Kiss of the Beast/Phantoms [Charles Band] c/V

1990

Crash and Burn [Charles Band] c/V

 

 

1990

Oscar [John Landis] c

1991

Black or White [John Landis] c/V; mus short/6m & 11m; addph: Sandi Sissel

1991

Nails [John Flynn] c; premiered on Showtime-tv

1992

Innocent Blood/A French Vampire in America [John Landis] c

1992

Striking Distance [Rowdy Herrington] c; 2uc: Thomas Priestley; uwph: Al Giddings; aph: David B. Nowell

1992

My Boyfriend's Back/Johnny Zombie [Bob Balaban] c

1993

Beverly Hills Cop III [John Landis] c

1994

The Brady Bunch Movie [Betty Thomas] c

1995

Space Truckers/Star Truckers [Stuart Gordon] p/c; 2uc: Paul Gentry

1996

A Very Brady Sequel [Arlene Sanford] c

1997

Good Burger [Brian Robbins] c; 2uc: Leo Napolitano

1997

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit [Stuart Gordon] c

1998

Heart Attack [Laura J. Medina] c; short/15m

1998

Can't Stop Dancing [Steven Falick & Ben Zook] c; addph: Ken Blakey

1999

Ragdoll [Ted Nicolaou] c/V

1999

Levottomat/Restless [Aku Louhimies] c; 2uc: August Jakobsson; spec pfx: Jan-Eric Nyström

2000

The Ultimate Set-Up [Dwight Williams] status unknown

2000

Horrorvision [Danny Draven] dv-to-35mm/c/V

2000

Sideshow/SideShow [Fred Olen Ray] c/V

2001

Gale Force [Jay Andrews (= Jim Wynorski)] c/V; 2uc; ph: Andrea V. Rossotto; + scenes from 'Predator' (1986), 'Bat*21' (1988), 'Casualties of War' (1988), 'Last Action Hero' (1992-93), 'Anaconda' (1996) & 'Militia' (1999)

2001

Air Rage [Ed Raymond (= Fred Olen Ray)] c/V

 

[Left] - dir Danny Draven - writer John Strysik [bottom] - prod Stuart Gordon

"Deathbed" - photo Full Moon Pictures

 

2001

Deathbed [Danny Draven] dv/c/V

2002

Groom Lake/The Visitor [William Shatner] dv-to-35mm/c

2002

King of the Ants [Stuart Gordon] c; 2uc: Byron Werner

2002

Deadly Stingers [J.R. Bookwalter] c; 2uc: Danny Draven

2003

Puppet Master - The Legacy [Robert Talbot (= Charles Band)] c/V

2003

Dr. Moreau's House of Pain [Charles Band] c/V

2006

Petrified [Charles Band] c/V

2006

Evil Bong [Charles Band] c

2013

Trancers - City of Lost Angels/Trancers 1.5 [Charles Band] c/DVD; short/24m; consists of footage from unreleased 'Pulse Pounders'; filmed 1987; released 2013; see 1987

 

 TELEVISION

1959

Åke och hans värld [Bengt Lagerkvist] tvm

1961

Gäst hos verkligheten [Bengt Lagerkvist] tvm/b&w/64m

1961

Ingmar Bergman gör en film/Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie [Vilgot Sjöman] 5-part (x 30m) doc/b&w/16mm; filmed 1961-62; released in 1963

1963

Herr "M" bekommt eine stunde [Åke Falck] tvm

1964

Narr [Åke Falck] tvm/b&w

1965

En historia till fredag [Åke Falck] 4-part (38m, 32m, 24m & 25m) miniseries; cph: Hans Dittmer

1966

Nattflyg [Åke Falck] tvm/b&w

1967

Klavierkonzert Nr. 1 in b-moll von Peter I. Tschaikowsky [Åke Falck] mus perf/39m

1988

The Wonder Years [17 ep (#7-23) dir by various] 115-part series, 1988-93; 2nd season, 1988-89 (17 ep); cph (#23): Philip Holahan

1989

The Reluctant Agent/Double Your Pleasure [Paul Lynch] tvm

1990

Dream On [ep #1 'The First Episode' dir by John Landis + 13 ep dir by various] 120-part series, 1990-96; 1st season, 1990 (14 ep)

1991

Dream On [ep #15-16 'The Second Greatest Story Ever Told' (Part 1 & 2) dir by John Landis + 13 ep by various] 2nd season, 1991 (15 ep); see 1990

1994

My Breast [Betty Thomas] tvm

1994

Couples [Betty Thomas] pilot/30m; for ABC-tv

1995

The Late Shift [Betty Thomas] tvm

1996

The Second Civil War [Joe Dante] tvm

1998

The Rats of Rumfordton [Danny Bilson] pilot for unrealized series 'It's True'; for CBS-tv

2000

M.Y.O.B./Mind Your Own Business [Bryan Gordon, Victoria Hochberg & Stephen Cragg] 8-part (4 unaired) series

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT

1956

Med glorian på sned [Hasse Ekman] ph: Martin Bodin

1957

Nattens ljus/Night Light [Lars-Eric Kjellgren] ph: Åke Dahlqvist

 

 FILMS AS DIRECTOR

1964

Sängen [- En respektlös historik] [short; + ph] see Films

1965

Jag - en kvinna/Jeg - en kvinde/I, a Woman [+ ph] see Films

1967

Jag - en markis - med uppdrag att älska/Jeg - en marki/I, a Nobleman/The Reluctant Sadist [co-d; + ph] see Films

1968

Fanny Hill/The Swedish Fanny Hill [+ scrpl] ph: Jan Lindeström

1968

Jag - en kvinna 2. Äktenskapet/Jeg - en kvinde II/I, a Woman II [ph: Andreas Bellis]

1969

3 slags kærlighed/I, a Woman 3/The Daughter [+ ph] see Films

1969

Nana/Nana 70/Take Me, Love Me/Poupée d'amour [+ co-scrpl] ph: Andréas Winding

1973

Jorden runt med Fanny Hill/Around the World with Fanny Hill [+ co-scrpl] ph: Mikael Salomon

1974

Flossie/Flossie - en venus på 15/Swedish Sex Kitten [as Bert Torn; + scrpl (as Edward Mannering)] ph: Anthon Berg (= Tony Forsberg)

1974

Porr i skandalskolan/Skandal i skolan/The Second Coming of Eva [as Bert Torn; + co-scrpl (as Edward Mannering)/ph/co-stills (as Robert Berne)] see Films

 

 

1974

Justine & Juliette/Justine the Virtuous/Swedish Minx [as Bert Torn; + scrpl (as Edward Mannering)] ph: Anton Berg (= Tony Forsberg) & Alan Ashton

1975

Bel Ami [- den stora överraskningen!]/For Men Only [as Bert Torn; + scrpl (as Edward Mannering)] ph: Henri Alexandre

1976

Molly - familjeflickan/Sex in Sweden [as Bert Torn; + scrpl (as Edward Mannering)/cph] see Films

1979

Hoodlums/Gangsters [no doph credited; c.op: David Schmier]

1987

Ghost Town [(uncred) + ph; cred dir: Richard Governor] see Films