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John Carl Buechler (pronounced Beekler; June 18, 1952 – March 18, 2019) was an American special make-up effects artist, film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor. He was best known for his work on horror and science-fiction films, mostly as part of Charles Band's Empire Pictures, and directed films such as Troll, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Cellar Dweller, Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College, and Curse of the Forty-Niner. His work includes Ghoulies, From Beyond, Troll, TerrorVision, Dolls, Prison, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and Hatchet.

John Carl Buechler
Born(1952-06-18)June 18, 1952
Belleville, Illinois, United States
DiedMarch 18, 2019(2019-03-18) (aged 66)
Other namesAllen Actor
OccupationFilm director, make-up artist, screenwriter
Years active1978–2019
Spouse(s)Lynn Buechler

After he was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer, his wife set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses.[1][2] Buechler died on March 18, 2019.[3][4][5]







  1. ^ Squires, John (February 15, 2019). "Makeup Master John Carl Buechler is Battling Cancer and Needs Our Help". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Decker, Sean (February 21, 2019). "Halloween 4's John Carl Buechler Is Battling Cancer & Needs Our Help". Trancas International Films, Inc. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Weiss, Josh (March 18, 2019). "John Carl Buechler, veteran horror SFX artist and 'Troll' director, dead at 66". SyFy Wire. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Viessing, Etan (March 18, 2019). "Legendary Horror Director and SFX Artist John Carl Buechler Dies at 66". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles: Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group (Valence Media). Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Evanson, Landon (March 18, 2019). "HORROR LEGEND JOHN CARL BUECHLER HAS PASSED AWAY". Horror Geek Life. Retrieved March 18, 2019.

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