Anthony Hickox

Anthony Hickox (born 1 January 1959)[1] is an English film director, producer and screenwriter.[2]

Anthony Hickox
Born (1959-01-01) 1 January 1959 (age 62)
OccupationFilm director, television director, film producer, screenwriter
Known forWaxwork
Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth
Prince Valiant

He is best known for his work in the horror genre, with films like Waxwork and its sequel, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, and Warlock: The Armageddon. He directed a 1997 film adaptation of the long-running Prince Valiant comic strip starring Stephen Moyer as the eponymous character.


Anthony "Tony" Hickox was born in 1959 in Hampstead, London to a family of filmmakers. He is the eldest son of the director Douglas Hickox and Academy Award-winning editor Anne V. Coates and elder brother of editor Emma E. Hickox and James D.R. Hickox. He is also the great nephew of Lord J. Arthur Rank who controlled the British film industry for many years.[3]

After starting as a club promoter in London he came to LA in 1986 and became a writer/director during the late 80s and 90s. His visual style often uses a dual-focus technique in which one person's face takes up most of the screen in profile, with another person shown on the other half of the screen in the background.

He then started directing action movies after a list of well-known '90s horror films including the third entry in the Hellraiser series. This led to HBO hiring him to make its first action/horror Full Eclipse which spawned the Friday night action slot that lasted over 5 years and to which Hickox made several more contributions. At the same time, he continued his deal at Universal where he shot pilots for Two, Martial Law and New York Undercover.

After working with Natascha McElhone and William Hurt (Contaminated Man), he went on to direct Katherine Heigl and Stephen Moyer in a feature-length adaptation of the Prince Valiant comic strip. The film was described by one of its actors, Warwick Davis, as "a disaster from start to finish" which was "premiered, panned and bombed". He blames this on Hickox, who he says "seemed intent on partying all night long and giving roles to his friends."[4]

He then directed Steven Seagal in Submerged and Eddie Griffin in Blast, both made over $15 million each via a direct-to-video release. In 2008, he completed the British horror movie Knife Edge.

He was on the board of directors of the now dissolved film distribution company Seven Arts Pictures run by Peter Hoffman, the ex-chairman of Carolco and the production company Medient Studios run by Indian film producer Manu Kumaran. In 2011 Medient co-financed Nick Cassavetes' Yellow and Noel Clarke's Storage 24 . He and Caitlin Fowler ended their relationship in 2012.

He recently married Romanian actress Madalina Anea.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ "Interview with Anthony Hickox: Director of Waxwork | Halloween Love". Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  3. ^ Kane, Paul (23 May 2012). The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy. McFarland. ISBN 9781476600697.
  4. ^ Warwick Davis (2013) Size matters not, Aurum Press, p 211.

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