Simon Barrett (filmmaker)

Simon Barrett (born 1978) is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter known for his collaborations with Adam Wingard, including A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, You're Next, and The Guest. He is associated with the mumblegore movement and has worked with director Joe Swanberg several times.

Simon Barrett
Simon in 2014
Born1978 (age 44–45)
Occupation(s)Actor, producer, screenwriter
Years active2000–present

Personal lifeEdit

Barrett was born in Columbia, Missouri,[1] in 1978.[2]


Barrett has performed a number of roles in his films. He attributes this to the low budgets of his early films, in which he and frequent collaborator Adam Wingard were forced to act, as they could not afford to hire anyone else.[3] Barrett credits his acting with informing his screenwriting. Although he said in October 2014 that he is too busy writing to direct, Barrett does not discount directing more projects in the future.[4]

Among his early work was writing the 2004 TV film Frankenfish,[5] and collaborating with director Alex Turner as writer on Dead Birds (2004) and Red Sands (2009), period horror films.[6] He first collaborated with Wingard on A Horrible Way to Die (2010) and continued with You're Next, in which he wrote, produced, and acted.[7] He co-wrote Autoerotic (2011) with co-directors Wingard and Joe Swanberg.[3] The three collaborated again the same year on What Fun We Were Having.[8]

In 2012, he wrote a segment in The ABCs of Death for Wingard[3] and joined V/H/S as a writer, producer, and actor;[9] he returned to the 2013 sequel to write and direct a segment.[10] Eric England cast Barrett in Contracted (2013) after meeting him and being impressed with his ability to blend into crowds despite his charisma.[11] Swanberg cast Barrett and Wingard in 24 Exposures (2013) after being inspired by their working relationship and differing personalities.[12] Also in 2013, Barrett wrote and directed a radio play for Larry Fessenden's Tales from Beyond the Pale.[13] The Guest (2014) was another collaboration between Wingard and Barrett. They said the thriller opened up additional doors to them, as they had previously been stereotyped as horror filmmakers.[7]

He wrote the 2016 Wingard-directed horror sequel Blair Witch (formerly The Woods).[14]

In 2014, he was attached to a remake of the Korean thriller I Saw The Devil.[15]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2004 Dead Birds No Yes co-producer
Frankenfish No Yes No TV movie
2009 Red Sands No Yes co-producer
2010 A Horrible Way to Die No Yes Yes Also first assistant director, casting director, location manager and
music/post-production supervisor
2011 You're Next No Yes Yes
Autoerotic No Yes No
What Fun We Were Having:
4 Stories About Date Rape
No Yes No
2014 The Guest No Yes executive
2016 Blair Witch No Yes co-producer
2017 Temple No Yes No
2021 Seance Yes Yes No Directorial debut
2024 Untitled Godzilla vs. Kong sequel No Yes No Filming[16]

Acting roles

Year Title Role
2009 Red Sands Matt Carson
2010 A Horrible Way to Die Olsen
2011 You're Next Tiger Mask
2013 Contracted B. J.
24 Exposures Michael Bamfeaux

Short films

Year Title Director Writer Producer Role Notes
2000 The Nothing Deal Yes Yes Yes Also cinematographer and editor
2012 Tape 56 No Yes Yes Steve Segment of V/H/S
The Sick Thing that happened to Emily when she was Younger No Yes No None Segment of V/H/S ;
Also camera operator
Q is for Quack No Yes No Simon Barrett Segment of The ABCs of Death
2013 Tape 49 Yes Yes executive Steve Segment of V/H/S/2
Phase I Clinicial Trials No Yes executive Segment of V/H/S/2 ;
also set photographer
2021 The Empty Wake Yes Yes No Segment of V/H/S/94


  1. ^ Whittaker, Richard (2014-09-27). "Fantastic Fest 2014: Simon Barrett Brings The Guest". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  2. ^ Acevedo, Aristotle. "Today We Learned #151:Simon Barrett". Nerdist. Nerdist. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Robinson, Tasha (2014-09-19). "Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, and Dan Stevens on The Guest, and its place in their big plan". The Dissolve. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  4. ^ "#PFF23: An Interview with Simon Barrett, Writer of The Guest [Interview]". Geekadelphia. 2014-10-30. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  5. ^ Fee, Rob (2013-06-03). "10 Weird Questions with 'V/H/S 2' & 'You're Next' Writer Simon Barrett". CBS Local Media. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  6. ^ Miska, Brad (2009-01-22). "Is 'Red Sands' Really a Sequel to 'Dead Birds'? What's Next?!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  7. ^ a b "Episode 151:Today We Learned". Nerdist. 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  8. ^ Janisse, Kier-La (2013-08-26). "EXPOSED: JOE SWANBERG on neo-late nite thriller 24 EXPOSURES". Fangoria. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  9. ^ Olsen, Mark (2012-09-21). "'V/H/S' makers go on tape about 'found footage' horror anthology". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  10. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (2013-06-08). "Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett Talk V/H/S/2, Returning to the Found Footage Format, Why They Enjoy Anthologies, Their Partnership, and More". Collider. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  11. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (2013-11-25). "Director Eric England Talks CONTRACTED, Body Horror, Casting Simon Barrett, Makeup Effects on a Limited Budget, Life after Film School, and More". Collider. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  12. ^ Dickson, Evan (2014-01-17). "5 Questions With '24 Exposures' Director Joe Swanberg!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
  13. ^ Truitt, Brian (August 28, 2013). "Simon Barrett haunts a college DJ with 'Dead Air'". USA Today. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  14. ^ Kit, Borys (2015-02-04). "'Guest' Director Adam Wingard Goes Back to Horror with 'The Woods' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  15. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2014-09-15). "'The Guest's' Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett to Tackle 'I Saw the Devil' Remake (Exclusive)". TheWrap. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  16. ^ Vitto Oddo, Marco (August 25, 2022). "'Godzilla vs. Kong 2' Synopsis Reveals New Details About Monsterverse Sequel". Collider. Archived from the original on August 25, 2022. Retrieved August 25, 2022.

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