Mick Garris

Mick Garris

Mick Garris will be Executive Producing a film for Universal called Unbroken. It is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing. Previously, Garris created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself.  Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series.

Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link!  Mick’s latest books “Snow Shadows” and “Tyler’s Third Act” are now out from Cemetery Dance. A new novella, “Ugly”, and new Hollywood desert noir novel, “SALOME”, will be coming out this year.

Commentaries by Mick Garris

Mick Garris on

Kiss Me Stupid

1964
Lopert Pictures Corporation
Billy Wilder took a lotta brickbats for this “vulgar”, “tasteless” and “crude” sex...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Hound of the Baskervilles

1959
United Artists
Hammer’s necessarily more horrific take on the oft-filmed Conan Doyle classic...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

1957
20th Century Fox
The Fourth Wall is broken early and often in Frank Tashlin’s...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Martin

1978
Libra Films International
Wrapping up our George Romero tribute in conjunction with the Melbourne Film Festival, here is...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Tormented

1960
Allied Artists Pictures
FX-driven director Bert I. Gordon eschews his usual giant monsters for a more intimate ghost...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

SSSSSSSS

1973
Universal Pictures
Bernard Kowalski’s SSSSSSSS joins 1954’s Phffft and Roger Corman’s Gas-s-s-s in the Onomatopoeic Movie Title Club. An unofficial remake of 1959’s The Alligator People, this...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

1941

1979
Universal Pictures
Steven Spielberg, along with screenwriters Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis, pays tribute to the all-star...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Day the Earth Stood Still

1951
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Elsewhere on TFH, Joe Dante describes Jack Arnold’s 1958 The Space...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

X – The Man with X-ray Eyes

1963
AIP
It’s not exactly “The Lost Weekend”, but Oscar-winner Ray...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Ghost Story

1981
Universal
Peter Straub’s popular 1979 scarefest was considered by Stephen King to be one of...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Dead Ringers

1988
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
David Cronenberg’s dark-souled psychological horror film casts Jeremy Irons as Elliot and Beverly Mantle, identical twin gynecologists who make a habit of seducing their patients. Unbeknownst...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Fog

1980
AVCO Embassy Pictures
The Fog announces itself as an old-fashioned spook-show in its first scene: kids huddle around a...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Cujo

1983
Warner Bros.
Only two years after starring in Joe Dante’s The Howling, Dee Wallace and Christopher Stone are face to snout with yet another snarling beast. This time it’s the rabies-infected...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Vampire Lovers

1970
AIP
The first coproduction between England’s Hammer Films and American International Pictures is an...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The House that Screamed

1971
AIP
One of the year’s big hits in its original Spanish 70mm version,...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Fritz the Cat

1972
Cinemation Industries
The great cartoonist/provocateur Robert Crumb disowned this 1972 film based on his comic...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Critters 2

1988
New Line Cinema
Mick Garris’ slapstick sci-fi opus is the second in a quartet of Critters movies...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Fire Maidens of Outer Space

Hapless ’50s astronauts land on what we’re told is the 13th...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Psycho IV – The Beginning

1990
MCA Television
After the boxoffice failure of PSYCHO III plans for Anthony Perkins...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Riding the Bullet

2004
Innovation Film Group
By the time he directed this dark thriller Mick Garris had become a...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Sleepwalkers

1992
Columbia
For his first original screenplay Stephen King created the Sleepwalkers, twilight creatures similar to vampires...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Bubba Ho Tep

2003
Vitagraph Films
TFH Guru Don Coscarelli’s whacked-out comedy/horror version of Joe R. Lansdale’s novella never...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Killer Klowns from Outer Space

1988
Trans World Entertainment
Kreepy klown space aliens invade Earth and obliterate victims with kotton kandy ray guns and acid-drenched...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Tanya’s Island

1980
International Film Exchange
New Jersey native Alfred Sole caught some critics’ eyes with his creepily Hitchcock-influenced but...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Still Crazy

1998
Columbia
Although nominated for two Golden Globes, this British rock comedy about an apocryphal ’70s...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Tenderness of the Wolves

1977
Monument Films
The notorious German killer known as both The Butcher and the Vampire...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Mildred Pierce

1945
Warner Bros.
“How like a serpent’s tooth is a thankless child”. Few of them have been...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Poltergeist

1982
MGM
“They’re he-eere!” Director Tobe Hooper’s fifth feature was his biggest to date, produced on a...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Trog

1970
Warner Bros.
“From the boiling rage of a world hurled back one million years comes….” Joan Crawford’s...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Flesh Gordon

1974
Mammoth Films
Only the anything-goes era of the 1970s could have produced this porno spoof of...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Return of Count Yorga

1971
AIP
You can’t keep a good man down. Despite being killed off...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Dead Zone

1983
Paramount
Screenwriter Jeff Boam’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 1979 novel is one of the...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Legend of Hell House

1973
20th Century Fox
Former AIP head James Nicholson formed Academy Pictures to produce his...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Palm Beach Story

1942
Paramount
The original title of this influential screwball comedy was Is Marriage Necessary?,...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Buena Vista `1954
Fans who saw this as children count this elaborate Jules Verne...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Scanners

1981
AVCO Embassy Pictures
“10 Seconds: The Pain Begins. 15 Seconds: You Can’t Breathe. 20 Seconds: You Explode.” Heads...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Humanoids From the Deep

1980
New World
Something fishy for sure!‚ Human/salmon hybrid aquatic monsters are on the loose,...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Not of this Earth

1957
Allied Artists
Roger must have liked this one, since he’s remade it twice over...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Eaten Alive

2007
Dark Sky Films
Under any of its myriad reissue titles, Tobe Hooper’s undeservedly obscure followup to his groundbreaking...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Comic

1969
Columbia
Comedy buffs Carl Reiner and Dick Van Dyke reteamed for this tribute to silent...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Valley of Gwangi

1969
Warner Bros./Seven Arts
Ray Harryhausen makes good on a concept conceived decades earlier by his...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Robinson Crusoe on Mars

1964
Paramount
Often misidentified as a George Pal production, this popular sci fi thriller...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Black Sabbath

1964
AIP
When Mario Bava’s Black Sunday paid off in the USA for AIP, they commissioned...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Woodstock

1970
Warner Bros.
Michael Wadleigh’s game-changing document of the 500,000 strong 1969 New York music festival exists in...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Phantom Planet

1961
AIP
Here’s a beloved bargain-basement gobbler that impressed little Micky Garris in 1961. It’s...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Dementia 13

1963
AIP
Take the “D-13 Test” to find out if you’re too crazy to see this...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Lost World

1960
20th Century Fox
Irwin Allen’s 1960 big studio remake of the 1925 classic boasts a stellar...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze

1963
Columbia
The Stooges’ next to last feature...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

House of Wax

1953
Warner Bros.
The slickest and most iconic of the 1950s major studio 3D movies is...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Lady in the Lake

1947
MGM
Robert Montgomery stars and directs himself, sort of, as detective Philip Marlowe...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Scream and Scream Again

1970
AIP
Reputedly a favorite of Fritz Lang, this is an oddly structured sci-fi...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Count Yorga, Vampire

1970
AIP
Originally intended as a soft-core sex picture, this popular 1970 indie was picked...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Knightriders

1981
United Film Distribution Company
A most atypical George Romero picture about a troupe of traveling motorcycle jousters which pretty...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Videodrome

1983
Universal
Is nothing sacred? The just-announced remake of David Cronenberg’s bizarre and prescient sci-fi classic is...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Wicked Wicked

1973
MGM
“MGM introduces a New Film Experience: DUO-VISION ! No glasses–All you need is your...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Dirty Duck

1974
New World
A satirical labor of love from animator Charles Swenson that ended up vying with...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Rabid

1977
New World Pictures
Canadian writer-director David Cronenberg, the Tod Browning of the 70s, tapped porn star Marilyn Chambers...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Cat People

1942
RKO Radio Pictures
The celebrated RKO B-picture that started producer Val Lewton’s five year run of poetic...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Sullivan’s Travels

1941
Paramount
You couldn’t tell from this trailer, which completely obscures the plot, or the obfuscating...
Watch the Trailer
VCI Entertainment Collection
Mick Garris on

Horrors of the Black Museum

1959
AIP
Dr Emile Franchel, then-star of LA channel 13’s “Adventures in Hypnotism”...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Twice Told Tales

1963
United Artists
After the boxoffice success of the Roger Corman Poe cycle it was inevitable...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

The Magic Christian

1970
Commonwealth United Entertainment
Long before Gordon Gekko told us “greed is good”, Sir Guy Grand (Peter...
Watch the Trailer
VCI Entertainment Collection
Mick Garris on

White Zombie

1932
United Artists
Sure it’s creaky, but this early talkie from poverty row was the first zombie...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

Son of Kong

1933
RKO Radio Pictures
Everybody’s favorite director Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong) is dodging bill collectors who want...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

God Told Me To A.K.A. Demon

1976
New World Pictures
Shot guerilla-style all over New York City by celebrated maverick...
Watch the Trailer
Mick Garris on

House on Haunted Hill

1959
Allied Artists Pictures
William Castle followed up “Macabre” with this trend-setting, darkly comic quintessential B-picture...
Watch the Trailer