David Hess

David Hess is most known for playing psychotic killers in graphic horror movies. He is less known for his career as a songwriter, penning tunes for such country and pop stars as Sal Mineo, Pat Boone, and Conway Twitty ... Read more »
Born: 09/19/1942 in New York, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (27)

Madam Secretary 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Crossing 2015 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Nutcracker 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Smash Cut 2014 (Movie)

Able Whitman (Actor)

The Americans 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The House In The Middle Of Nowhere 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Elementary 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Reporter in Zaire (Actor)

Jonathan of the Bears 1994 (Movie)

Maddock (Actor)

Surrender 1987 (Movie)

Man at Party (Actor)

Let's Get Harry 1986 (Movie)

Mercenary (Actor)

Body Count 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Swamp Thing 1982 (Movie)

Ferret (Actor)

Avalanche Express 1978 (Movie)

Geiger (Actor)

La Casa nel Parco 1978 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Autostop rosso sangue 1975 (Movie)

Adam Konitz (Actor)

The Swiss Conspiracy 1974 (Movie)

Tony Sando (Actor)

Last House on the Left 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

14 Going on 30 (TV Show)

Actor

21 Hours at Munich (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Sadat (TV Show)

Actor

To Heal a Nation (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

To All a Goodnight 1982 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Green Monster 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

The Green Monster 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Music (1)

The Hateful Eight 2015 (Movie)

("Now You're All Alone") (Song Performer)

Biography

David Hess is most known for playing psychotic killers in graphic horror movies. He is less known for his career as a songwriter, penning tunes for such country and pop stars as Sal Mineo, Pat Boone, and Conway Twitty. Hess' most infamous acting role in the horror genre, by far, was Krug Stillo, the merciless rapist-killer in Wes Craven's "The Last House on the Left"; it remains one of cinema's most brutal slasher movies, despite the fact that it was adapted from Ingmar Bergman's "The Virgin Spring" and significantly edited to make it less "hardcore." Hess also wrote and performed on the film's soundtrack, which was employed as a stark contrast to the onscreen action: comic, upbeat musical themes in the midst of rape, mutilation, and murder. He collaborated with the Italian director of "Cannibal Holocaust" fame, Ruggero Deodato, two times, most notably in "House on the Edge of the Park," playing a Krug Stillo-like maniac and committing sexual violence wherever he goes. A few years later, Hess worked again with Wes Craven, for the adaptation "Swamp Thing," once again playing the villain, Ferret. For Eli Roth's 2002 gore-ridden horror film "Cabin Fever," Hess both wrote and performed several songs, and he played a slasher film director looking for inspiration in the gory meta-horror "Smash Cut" (2009). Hess died of a heart attack in 2011, aged 75.

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