Eli emerged onto the independent scene with his break out hit CABIN FEVER which he directed, co-wrote and produced. He directed, wrote and produced HOSTEL and HOSTEL: Part II both executive produced by Quentin Tarantino.
Gary J. Tunnicliffe was born 27th February 1968 in Burntwood, England. It was early on in life that Gary discovered his love of horror. From listening to his older brother’s ghost stories to the hammer horror films of late night TV. By the age of nine, Gary had a new group of friends including Doctor Phibes and Professor Van Helsing, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price and Christopher Lee.
On leaving school (his aspirations of becoming an actor dashed) he worked first in optics and then advertising sales. Around this time he was introduced to a little known (in England) publication called Fangoria Magazine. “I didn’t realize it at the time, but I suppose that magazine changed the course of my life.” Tunnicliffe Learned about horror films and the craft of make-up effects and realized that’s what he wanted to do. He was working full time, so his evenings and weekends quickly became devoted to sculpting, molding, painting or applying make-ups or head casting anyone who would be his victim.
By the time Tunnicliffe was 20 years old he had built a large portfolio of photographs and had even created some masks and creations for local dramatic productions. He then decided to send some photographs to the only make-up effects artist he could find in England. Christopher Tucker, (THE ELEPHANT MAN) this lead to him to working on the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ stage show musical and a project called SHEWOLF OF LONDON with Tucker.
Then in 1990, Image Animation became Tunnicliffe’s new home. Based at the famed Pinewood Studios he would spend the next few years creating everything from teeth, prosthetic make-up’s, animals and robot suits for television, commercials and music videos and film work including WAXWORK 2, AMERICAN CYBORG, WARLOCK : ARMAGEDDON, CYBORG COP, HELLRAISER 3, CHILDREN OF THE CORN 2 and CANDYMAN.
In the spring of 1994 Tunnicliffe moved to Los Angeles to open up a work shop in the San Fernando Valley. Here he created effects for a host of shows that included HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE, SLEEPSTALKER and CHILDREN OF THE CORN 4 to name but a few.
In 1995, 27 year old Tunnicliffe wrote and directed his first film. WITHIN THE ROCK, which premiered a year later on the Sci Fi channel to good reviews and a Saturn Award nomination.
1996 saw Tunnicliffe back into the world of FX working on WISHMASTER, BLADE, TWIN FALLS IDAHO and CANDYMAN 3.
Then in 1998 it was back to merry old England for a nine month stint supervising the special make-up effects of SLEEPY HOLLOW for FX Designer Kevin Yagher.
May of 1999 Tunnicliffe returned to Los Angeles and to the familiar ground of HELLRAISER. It would bring Tunnicliffe back to Dimension (Miramax’s Genre Division) and to Neo Art and Logic and would prove to be the start to a very busy, very challenging and rewarding difficult 3 years where his nickname The Miramax Assassin would prove to become a fitting monicker.
Months upon months of decapitations, burnings, lacerations, corpses, skeletons, stabbings, gouges and eviscerations and gallons upon gallons of Tunnicliffe’s patented fake crimson body fluid on the following projects.
HELLRAISER: INFERNAL, MIMIC 2, DRACULA 2000, HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION, HELLRAISER: HELLSEEKER, DRACULA: ASCENSION, DRACULA: LEGACY, MIMIC: SENTINEL, HELLRAISER: DEADER HELLRAISER: HELLSEEKER & PROPHECY: REVELATION
Tunnicliffe also managed to ‘squeeze’ in directing and co-writing the ‘family film’ (of all things) HANSEL AND GRETEL which was released in February 2003 by Warner Brothers.
The last three years has seen Gary stretch his talents from mere make-up effects to prop creation, miniatures, vfx supervision, 2nd unit direction and acting etc.
“I am happiest when I am on a film set, I’ve just had to come to terms with that, some people work with a view to retirement, personally I’d like to die on set calling ‘action’… I feel very fortunate to have found a career that I love… even on the worse days I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Gary Tunnicliffe lives in Chatsworth, California (very close to his Two Hours in the Dark, Inc. workshop and offices)
In 1972 he produced THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT directed by Wes Craven. Sean shocked the genre in 1980 with his megahit FRIDAY THE 13TH which he directed and produced. The film spawned a legendary francise with numerous sequels. He produced the sequels JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY and FREDDY VS. JASON. He executive produced JASON X.
Tobe wrote, directed and produced THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974). His next big directing breakthrough was POLTERGEIST produced by Stephen Spielberg. He directed THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 in 1986. Most recently, Toby directed DJINN set for release in 2012.
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Wes Craven has been challenging audiences with his bold visions for more than 30 years. He has created dazzlingly different new works.He is best known for reviving the genre with A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and SCREAM. Most recently he completed the fourth film in the SCREAM trilogy. He directed Academy –Award winning actress Meryl Streep in MUSIC OF THE HEART his first dramatic feature film.
Both creative and commercial milestones have marked Craven’s career. The irreverent, genre-bending winner of MTV’s 1996 Best Movie Award, SCREAM grossed more than $100 million domestically. SCREAM 2 the sequel about sequels also topped $100 million domestically. SCREAM 3 grossed over $89 million. SCREAM 4 grossed over $73 million.
After SCREAM Miramax offered Craven a three picture deal, which included the green-light for a non-genre film. The former teacher and life long lover of classical music chose to make MUSIC OF THE HEART, based on Roberta Guaspari and her violin students in East Harlem.
Craven reinvented the youth horror genre in 1984 with the classic A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, a film he wrote and directed. Although he did not direct any of the next five sequels, he deconstructed the genre a decade later with the audacious WES CRAVENS NEW NIGHTMARE, which was nominated Best Feature at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards.
Craven also directed MY SOUL TO TAKE (2010), RED EYE (2005),VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN (1995), THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW (1988), and DEADLY FRIEND (1986). He wrote and directed SWAMP THING (1980). He wrote, directed and edited THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1975). Craven’s first feature film was the audacious LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT which he wrote, directed and edited in 1972.
Wes Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio and holds a Master’s Degree in writing and philosophy from John Hopkins University in Baltimore.
Clive directed his first film HELLRAISER in 1987 based on his novel The Hellbound Heart and it has become a cult classic. He executive produced CANDYMAN based on his story Forbidden. Clive is a prolific author and painter.
Lambasted by critics and revered by fans, John Landis began his outrageous Hollywood ascent while still a teenager, working as a mailboy at 20th-Century Fox. He brought his adolescent sensibilities to the screen in such cult hits as the horror-film spoof Schlock (1976), which he wrote, directed, and starred in, Kentucky Fried Movie (1977), and National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). Soon afterward he cowrote (with Dan Aykroyd) and directed the classic Blues Brothers (1980), and wrote and directed An American Werewolf in London (1981). Landis also cowrote, produced, and directed Michael Jackson's groundbreaking Thriller video (1985).
In August of 1999, Roy Leeand Ed Kashiba founded the Web-based script coverage service ScriptShark.com, which they sold to IFILM Corp. the following year.
Together with Doug Davison, founded the company Vertigo Entertainment - an intermediary that sells the remake rights for Asian films, on behalf of the rights-holders, to American studios. THE GRUDGE, THE RING and THE DEPARTED are just a few of their successes.
John Carpenter won an academy award for Best Live-Action Short Subject in 1970, for The Resurrection of Broncho Billy. He catapulted the genre in 1978 with his film HALLOWEEN which he wrote, directed and composed. Many sequels followed although not directed by him. John has brought us such great films asTHE FOG, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, THE THING, PRINCE OF DARKNESS and IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS. Most recently John directed THE WARD.
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