Dennis Paoli

Dennis Paoli is a screenwriter and playwright known for his work on horror films, specifically those directed by Stuart Gordon. He has written or co-written five of Gordon's films, including Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986). He has also collaborated with Gordon on the stage productions of Bleacher Bums, Re-Animator: The Musical, and Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, and on two episodes of the Showtime horror television series Masters of Horror.

Paoli serves as the coordinator of the Hunter College writing center.[1][2] He established the Heidi Paoli Fund in honor of his late wife (d. 1987) to distribute donations to approved cancer charities from a variety of fundraising sources.[1]



Year Title Director(s) Role Co-writer(s) Ref.
1985 Re-Animator Stuart Gordon Screenwriter Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris [3]
1986 From Beyond Stuart Gordon Screenwriter and story writer Brian YuznaS and Stuart GordonS [3]
1988 Ghoulies II Albert Band Screenwriter Charlie DolanS [3]
1988 Spellcaster Rafal Zielinski Screenwriter Charlie Bogel and Ed NahaS [3]
1988 Pulse Pounders Charles Band Screenwriter Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo [3]
1990 Meridian: Kiss of the Beast Charles Band Screenwriter Charles BandS [3]
1991 The Pit and the Pendulum Stuart Gordon Screenwriter [3]
1993 Body Snatchers Abel Ferrara Screenwriter Stuart Gordon, Nicholas St. John, Raymond CistheriS and Larry CohenS [3]
1995 Castle Freak Stuart Gordon Screenwriter and story writer Stuart GordonS [3]
1996 The Dentist Brian Yuzna Screenwriter Stuart Gordon and Charles Finch [3]
2001 Dagon Stuart Gordon Screenwriter [3]


Year Title Director(s) Role Co-writer Notes Ref.
1992 Mortal Sins Bradford May Writer Greg Martinelli Television film [4]
2001 Bleacher Bums Saul Rubinek Writer Mitch Paradise Television film [5]
2005; 2007 Masters of Horror Stuart Gordon Writer Stuart Gordon Episodes: "H. P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House"
"The Black Cat"


Title Role Co-writer(s) Ref.
Bleacher Bums Playwright
Re-Animator: The Musical Playwright Stuart Gordon and William J. Norris [7]
Nevermore: An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe Playwright [8]
  • An S indicates a story writer.


  1. ^ a b "Setting Up a Fund in Honor of a Loved One". The New York Times. January 7, 1995. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Paoli, Dennis (April 9, 2012). ""Very Heaven" - Another Word". University of Wisconsin–Madison. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Dennis Paoli - BFI". British Film Institute. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  4. ^ Scott, Tony (November 3, 1992). "Usa World Premiere Movie Mortal Sins". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Gallo, Phil (April 4, 2002). "Bleacher Bums". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  6. ^ Christiansen, Richard (June 13, 1989). "Old-timer 'Bleacher Bums' Still Packs A Wallop". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  7. ^ Meisel, Myron (March 24, 2011). "Re-Animator the Musical: Theater Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Wada, Karen (August 19, 2009). "Jeffrey Combs reanimates Edgar Allan Poe in 'Nevermore'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 31, 2018.

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