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Mick Garris (born December 4, 1951) is an American filmmaker and screenwriter born in Santa Monica, California.[1]

Mick Garris
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Born (1951-12-04) December 4, 1951 (age 67)
OccupationDirector, producer, writer
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Life and careerEdit

Garris was born in Santa Monica, California. He is known for his adaptations of Stephen King stories, such as directing the horror film Sleepwalkers starring Mädchen Amick[2] and is the creator of the Showtime series Masters of Horror[3] and the NBC series Fear Itself. Garris won a 1986 Edgar Award for an episode he wrote for the Steven Spielberg-produced television series Amazing Stories. Garris directed the FEARnet web series Post Mortem.[4] He contributes to the web series Trailers From Hell. Garris was also the co-screenwriter and executive producer of Hocus Pocus.[5] Garris most recently directed the miniseries adaption of Stephen King's novel Bag of Bones[6] and the documentary film Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr., about the life and work of Legend actor Lon Chaney Jr.,[7] which screened on the Horror-Rama 2015 in October 2015.[8] He has a role, as Himself in the biography horror film Digging Up the Marrow, from indie director Adam Green.[9]

As of 2015, he is also a member of the board of advisers for the Hollywood Horror Museum.

In 2017, Mick Garris gave an interview to Ukrainian horror writer Denis Bushlatov. The interview was published in the magazine Darker and is considered to be the only interview ever given to Russian-speaking fans.[citation needed]

On January 16, 2018 it was announced that Mick Garris’ horror podcast Post Mortem would be joining Blumhouse's podcast network.[10]




Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1982 Coming Soon No Yes Yes Direct-to-video documentary
1987 *batteries not included No Story No
1988 Critters 2: The Main Course Yes Yes No Directorial debut
1989 The Fly II No Yes No
1992 Sleepwalkers Yes No No
1993 Hocus Pocus No Yes Co-Executive
1997 Michael Jackson's Ghosts No Yes No Musical short
2004 Riding the Bullet Yes Yes Yes
2014 Unbroken No No Executive
2018 Nightmare Cinema Yes Yes Yes Segments "The Projectionist", "Dead"
Acting role
Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Howling Man with TV Guide
1983 Michael Jackson's Thriller Zombie Musical short
1988 Critters 2: The Main Course Critters (voice)
1995 The Quick and the Dead Young Herod's Man
1996 The Stupids Reporter #2
2004 Riding the Bullet Dr. Higgins
2005 Gotham Cafe Father Callahan Short
2007 Brutal Massacre: A Comedy Himself
2010 The Man Who Saw Frankenstein Cry Host Documentary
2014 Digging Up the Marrow Himself
2015 Tales of Halloween The Phantom Segment 'Grim Grinning Ghost'
2016 The Rift: Dark Side of the Moon Martin


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1979-1981 Fantasy Film Festival No Co-Producer No Talk-Show
1980 Fear on Film: Inside 'The Fog' No Yes No TV Movie documentary
1981 Making a Monster Movie: Inside 'The Howling' Yes Yes No TV Short documentary
1982 The Making of a 'Chilling Tale' Yes No No TV Movie documentary
The Making of 'The Thing' Yes Yes Yes TV Movie documentary
Take One: Fear on Film No Yes No TV Movie
1984 Cheeseball Presents No Associate No TV Movie
1985 The Making of 'The Goonies' Yes Yes No TV Short documentary
1985-1987 Amazing Stories Yes No Yes Wrote teleplays for 8 episodes
Directed and wrote story episode 'Life on Death Row'
Story editor in 22 episodes
1986 Disneyland Yes Yes Yes Episode 'Fuzzbucket'
1988 Freddy's Nightmares Yes No No Episode 'Killer Instinct'
1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning Yes No No TV Movie
1990-1991 She-Wolf of London No No Yes Wrote episode 'She-Wolf of London'
Created and executive consulting 20 episodes
1994 The Stand Yes No No 4 episodes
Tales from the Crypt Yes No No Episode 'Whirlpool'
1995 New York Undercover Yes No No Episode 'The Smoking Section'
1997 Quicksilver Highway Yes Yes Yes TV Movie
The Shining Yes No No 3 episodes
1998 Host Yes Yes Yes TV Movie
2000 The Others Yes Supervising Yes Wrote episode 'Don't Dream It's Over'
Directing and supervising producing 3 episodes
2001 The Judge Yes No No Episode 'Part One'
2002 Lost in Oz Yes No No TV Movie
2005-2007 Masters of Horror No Executive Yes Wrote 4 episodes
Created and executive produced 26 episodes
2006 Desperation Yes Executive No TV Movie
2007 Masters of Science Fiction Yes Co-Executive No Directed 2 episodes
Co-executive produced 4 episodes
2008-2009 Fear Itself No No Yes Wrote episode 'The Sacrifice'
Created 11 episodes
2010 Happy Town Yes No No Episode 'Polly Wants a Crack at Her'
2010-2016 Post Mortem with Mick Garris No Executive No Created 11 episodes
2011 Bag of Bones Yes Executive No 2 episodes
2013 Pretty Little Liars Yes No No Episode 'Gamma Zeta Die!'
2014 Ravenswood Yes No No 2 episodes
Witches of East End Yes No No Episode 'The Fall of the House of Beauchamp'
2016 Shadowhunters Yes No No Episode 'The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy'
Dead of Summer Yes No No 2 episodes
2017-2018 Once Upon a Time Yes No No 2 episodes
2018 History of Horror No Consulting No Documentary series
7 episodes
Acting roles
Year Title Role Notes
1979-1981 Fantasy Film Festival Host Talk-Show
1982 Take One: Fear on Film TV Movie
1994 The Stand Henry Dunbarton Episode 'The Plague'
1997 Quicksilver Highway Surgeon in Hospital Hallway TV Movie
The Shining AA Hartwell Episode #2
2010-2016 Post Mortem with Mick Garris Host 11 episodes


  1. ^ "Movies". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  2. ^ Holden, Stephen (April 11, 1992). "Review/Film; Fiends With Nasty Feeding Habits". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  3. ^ Moore, Debi (8 July 2012). "The Walking Dead Season 3: Take a Zombie Studio Tour with Greg Nicotero". Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  4. ^ Dyar, Amanda (24 July 2012). "Hotel Transylvania Making Its Way to Nintendo DS/3DS". Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  5. ^ Maslin, Janet (July 16, 1993). "Review/Film; Bette Midler, Queen Witch in Heavy Makeup". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 13 July 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  6. ^ Moore, Debi (11 September 2012). "Edgar Allan Poe Says "Boo!" in This New Collectible Bust from Tim Bruckner". Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  7. ^ Gambin, Lee (10 March 2015). "Q&A: Horror Maestro Mick Garris Revisits "PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING"". Fangoria. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  8. ^ "HORROR-RAMA 2015 Welcomes Rochon & The Soska Twins to Toronto!". Fangoria. 25 March 2015. Archived from the original on 25 March 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  9. ^ Barton, Steve (26 March 2015). "Digging Up the Marrow - Play Chicken With this Exclusive Clip". Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Episode 79: Post Mortem with Mick Garris!". Blumhouse. BH Digital LLC. 16 January 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2019.

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