Juraj Herz died on Sunday 8.4.2018
He undoubtedly belonged to the top directors of the Czech Republic, and his death is an irreplaceable loss.
He was born 4.9.1934 and became a Czech film director and also an actor, he studied photography, directing, and puppetry. First, he worked in the 60's in Prague's Semafor Theatre, later became a film director at Barrandov Studios. In 1987 he emigrated to the Federal Republic of Germany, and after the year 1989 returned back.
Herz was the author of more than 25 films, many of which won various prestigious awards. For his film making, he has received many domestic and international awards, including the grand prizes at the festivals in Karlovy Vary, in Monte Carlo, Chicago, etc. In addition, he was awarded the Grand Prix of the Bavarian TV and State Prize of Bavaria, Czech Lion and many others.
Among the memorable movies are: Spalovac mrtvol, Kerosene Lamps, Morgiana, Virgin and the Monster, the Ninth Heart, Upír z Feratu, Holka na Zabití, or Girls from China. From the last of his work I would like to highlight the film Habermann's Mill, which is certainly a strong film experience.
Juraj Herz used to say: "I like horror and play with it in my films"
His films are disturbing, fascinating and terrifying, yet irresistible and beautiful.