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Alan B. McElroy is an American screenwriter, producer, and director of film, television, comic books, and video games. He is best known for his collaborations with Todd McFarlane on the Spawn franchise, and for penning horror films such as Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Wrong Turn.

Alan B. McElroy
OccupationScreenwriter, television producer
Years active1988-present
OrganizationWriters Guild of America
Known forHalloween 4
Wrong Turn
Spouse(s)Kymm McElroy
AwardsNominated for:
Saturn Award for Best Writing


Life and careerEdit

McElroy's screenwriting debut was Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the fourth entry in the long-running horror franchise. Due to an impending strike by the Writers Guild of America (of which McElroy is a member), McElroy was forced to develop a concept, pitch the story, and send in the final draft in under eleven days.[1] McElroy has mostly written action (Rapid Fire, The Marine, Tekken)[citation needed] and horror films (Wrong Turn, Wheels of Terror, Thr3e).[2] He is also a long-time collaborator of Todd McFarlane and has frequently worked to different capacities on the Spawn franchise, having written the Curse of the Spawn comic series, the 1997 motion picture, and was the co-creator and showrunner of the critically acclaimed animated adaptation. His 2003 film Wrong Turn spawned a franchise, with an additional 5 films being produced, albeit without McElroy's involvement.

Personal lifeEdit

McElroy is a native of Cleveland, Ohio,[3] but has resided in Los Angeles since the early nineties. His wife Kymm is an artist and homemaker, and he has two daughters (Ashleigh and Mackenzie) and one son (Matthew). McElroy is a Christian, and two of his films (Thr3e, Left Behind: The Movie) are adaptations of religious source material.


Year Film Director Notes
1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Dwight H. Little Nominated for:
Saturn Award for Best Writing
1989 Murder by Night Paul Lynch Television film
1990 Wheels of Terror Christopher Cain
1992 Rapid Fire Dwight H. Little
1993 Ground Zero: Texas Video game
1997–1999 Todd McFarlane's Spawn Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Mike Vosburg
John Hays
Frank Paur
Thomas A. Nelson
Eric Radomski
Chuck Patton
Brad Rader
Television series

6 episodes

Also creator &
co-executive producer

1997 Spawn Mark A.Z. Dippé
2000 Left Behind: The Movie[4][5] Vic Sarin
2001 Layover Also director
2002 Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever Wych Kaosayananda
2002 Resident Evil Paul W. S. Anderson Early draft
2003 Wrong Turn Rob Schmidt
2006 The Marine John Bonito
Thr3e Robby Henson
2007 Wrong Turn 2: Dead End Joe Lynch Characters
2009 Wrong Turn 3: Left for Dead Declan O'Brien
2010 Tekken Dwight H. Little
2011 Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings Declan O'Brien Characters
2012 Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines
2014 Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort Valeri Millev
2015 The Marine 4: Moving Target William Kaufman
The Condemned 2 Roel Reiné
The Perfect Guy David M. Rosenthal
2016 The Vampire Diaries (CW) Television series

Ep. 806 - "Detoured On Some Random Backwoods Path To Hell"

Executive Story Editor - Season 8

2017 The Night Shift (NBC) Television series

Ep. 405 - "Turbulence"

Co-producer - Season 4

2019 Fracture Brad Anderson


  1. ^ "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Behind the Scenes". Trancas International Films. 2001. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  2. ^ Murphy, Terence Patrick (September 15, 2015). From Fairy Tale to Film Screenplay: Working with Plot Genotypes. Springer. ISBN 9781137552037.
  3. ^ "Alan McElroy - Director - Screenwriter | Moviefone". AOL Moviefone. Retrieved April 9, 2017.
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