Mary Lambert (director)

Mary Lambert (born October 13, 1951) is an American director. She has directed music videos, television episodes and feature films, mainly in the horror genre.[1]

Mary Lambert
Born (1951-10-13) October 13, 1951 (age 68)
OccupationFilm director
Spouse(s)Jerome Gary
ChildrenJordan Gary
RelativesBlanche Lincoln (sister)

Life and careerEdit

Lambert was born in Helena, Arkansas, the daughter of Martha Kelly and Jordan Bennett Lambert III, a rice and cotton farmer.[2] Her younger sister is former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Lambert graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A.

Lambert directed Chris Isaak's first music video "Dancin'" and Janet Jackson's "Nasty" and "Control" music videos. She also directed videos for Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger, The Go-Go's, Whitney Houston, Alison Krauss, Live, Mötley Crüe, Queensrÿche, Sting, Debbie Harry, Tom Tom Club and others. She directed many of Madonna's early videos including "Borderline", "Like a Virgin", "Material Girl", "La Isla Bonita", and "Like a Prayer".

In 1987 she released her debut feature, the stylish and controversial Siesta, starring Ellen Barkin and Jodie Foster. It was nominated for the IFP Spirit Award for best first feature. She is known to horror fans for directing the 1989 adaptation of Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary and its sequel, Pet Sematary Two.[3] More recently, Lambert directed 2005's Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and the 2011 Syfy horror film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.[4]

She directed the 1993 Digital Pictures FMV video game Double Switch.



Year Title Credited as Notes Refs.
1977 Rapid Eye Movements Director Short [5]
1984 The Go-Go's: Wild at the Greek Director TV documentary
1987 Siesta Director
1989 Bobby Brown: His Prerogative Director Video documentary
Pet Sematary Director
1991 Grand Isle Director
1992 Pet Sematary Two Director
1994 Dragstrip Girl Director Television film
1996 Face of Evil Director Television film
Love Is Strange Director Television filn
1997 My Stepson, My Lover (a.k.a. Love, Murder and Deceit) Director Television film
1998 When You Believe: Music from "The Prince of Egypt" Director TV documentary
1999 Clubland Director
2000 The In Crowd Director
2001 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Director
Strange Frequency Director
2004 X-Rated: The Pop Videos They Tried to Ban Herself TV documentary
2005 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Director
The 100 Greatest Pop Videos Herself TV documentary
2006 Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': The Characters Herself Documentary short
Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': Stephen King Territory Herself Documentary short
Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': Filming the Horror Herself Documentary short
2007 14 Women Director/Producer Documentary
The Attic Director
2008 Dark Path Chronicles: Making Of Herself TV documentary
Dark Path Chronicles: Behind the Characters Herself/Director TV documentary
2009 Pretty Bloody: The Women of Horror Herself TV documentary
2011 Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea Director/Co-writer Documentary short
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid Director Television film
Chiller 13: Horror's Creepiest Kids Herself TV documentary
2012 VH1 Divas 2012 Director TV special
Pearl Writer/Director/Producer Short
2014 Presumed Dead in Paradise Director
Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea Director/Co-writer PBS
Sex & Music Herself Documentary
2017 Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary Herself Documentary


Year Series Episode Credited as Notes
2019 Step Up: High Water S2, Ep. 2 "Splits" Director
2017 Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History S1, Ep. 8 "Out, Loud & Proud" Herself Documentary series
Arrow S5, Ep. 14 "The Sin-Eater" Director
2016 Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music Season 1, Ep. 7 "Sound and Vision" Herself Documentary series
The Blacklist Ep. 24 "The Director" Director
2012 Celebrity Ghost Stories S4, Ep. 11 "Bill Bellamy/Dawn Wells/Jack Blades/Mary Lambert" Herself Documentary series
Inside Horror S2, Ep. 2 "Dead Kids Walking" Herself Documentary series
2010 On the Road in America S2, Ep. 2 "Cowboys and Indians" Director
2008 The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 7 "Lost in the Dark Path" Director/Writer
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 6 "Searching for Solace" Director/Writer
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 5 "Entering the Dark Path" Director/Writer
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 4 "Trapped" Director/Writer
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 3 "Vampire Temptations" Director/Writer
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 2 "A Father's Warning" Director/Writer
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 1 "Friday Evening: The Awakening" Director/Writer
2007 On the Road in America S1, Ep. 9, "Big Sur: Part 2" Assistant director
On the Road in America S1, Ep. 8 "Big Sur: Part 1" Assistant director
On the Road in America S1, Ep. 1 "Mississippi Delta" Director/Writer
Trailers from Hell Herself
2006 Screamography S1, Ep. 6 "Mary Lambert" Herself
2004 The 100 Scariest Movie Moments Part I: 100-81 Herself Documentary mini-series
2001 Strange Frequency S1, Ep. 10 "More Than a Feeling" Director/Writer
Strange Frequency S1, Ep. 8 "Disco Inferno" Director/Writer
1994 Rebel Highway S1, Ep. 7 "Dragstrip Girl" Director/Writer
1992 Red Shoe Diaries S1, Ep. 9 "Accidents Happen" Director/Writer Credited as Alan Smithee
1989 Tales from the Crypt S1, Ep. 6 "Collection Completed" Director/Writer

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Credited as
1998 When You Believe (alternate version) Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey Director
"Monsters" The B-52's Director
1997 Turn My Head Live Director
1992 My Destiny Lionel Richie Director
1992 "Building Empires" Queensrÿche Director
"Another Rainy Night, Without You, Version 2" Queensrÿche Director
1990 Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) Mötley Crüe Director
Without You Mötley Crüe Director
1989 "His Prerogative" Bobby Brown Director
Rock Wit'cha Bobby Brown Director
Like a Prayer Madonna Director/Writer
1987 La Isla Bonita Madonna Director
We'll Be Together Sting Director
1986 Nasty Janet Jackson Director
Control Janet Jackson Director
"Feel the Heat" Jean Beauvoir Director
Love Touch Rod Stewart Director
1985 "Dancin'" Chris Isaak Director
Would I Lie to You? Eurythmics Director
"Ways To Be Wicked" Lone Justice Director
Material Girl Madonna Director/Writer
1984 The Glamorous Life Sheila E. Director
Like a Virgin Madonna Director/Writer
Borderline Madonna Director/Producer
Turn to You The Go-Go's Director

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Credited as Notes
1993 Double Switch Director


  1. ^ Trailers From Hell
  2. ^ "Arkansas Congressional Directory". Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Mary Lambert directed the film’s sequel, Pet Sematary 2, followed by Urban Legends: Bloody Mary.
  4. ^ "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid Adds a Monkee".
  5. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award – 1977 -".

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