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Edmund Elias Merhige, known as E. Elias Merhige (born June 14, 1964), is an American film director born in Brooklyn, New York City, USA.

E. Elias Merhige
Edmund Elias Merhige

(1964-06-14) June 14, 1964 (age 55)
OccupationFilm director; screenwriter


Merhige is known to mainstream audiences for his work on the 2000 film Shadow of the Vampire[1] and to underground audiences for the cult 1990 film Begotten.[2]

Critical receptionEdit

Eugene Thacker, writing about Begotten, placed Merhige's work "between genre horror and performance art," marking Begotten as a "ritual in cinematic time," and concluding that the next step in Merhige's art offering "presumably, would be to allow everything to dissolve - human into non-human, body into environment, image into emulsions of gelatin, crystal, and camphor."[3]



Short filmsEdit

  • Implosion (1983)
  • Spring Reign (1984)
  • A Taste of Youth (1985)
  • Din of Celestial Birds (2006)

Music videosEdit


  1. ^ Scott, A. O. (December 29, 2009). "Shadow of the Vampire". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (June 5, 1991). "Begotten". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Thacker, Eugene (2015). "Chapter 3: Meditations on the Gothic". Tentacles Longer Than Night. Horror of Philosophy. Zero Books. ISBN 978-1-78279-889-7.

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