Mick Garris

Screenwriter, Director, Producer
A long-time fan of horror, fantasy and science fiction movies, Mick Garris successfully turned his passion into a profession as a producer-writer-director of medium budget genre fare for film and TV. Mindful of his ... Read more »
Born: 12/03/1951 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Director (22)

Ravenswood 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Witches of East End 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

Pretty Little Liars 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Stephen King's Bag of Bones 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Director

Happy Town 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Masters of Horror 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Freddy's Nightmares 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

New York Undercover 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Steve Martini's The Judge 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

The Others 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Director

Stephen King's The Stand 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Director

Stephen King's Sleepwalkers 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Critters 2: The Main Course 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Fuzzbucket 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Director

A Noble Lie (Movie)

(Director)

Bag of Bones (Movie)

(Director)

Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV Show)

Director

Quicksilver Highway (TV Show)

Director

Shadowhunters (Tv Show)

Director

Stephen King's Desperation (TV Show)

Director

Virtual Obsession (TV Show)

Director
Writer (12)

Fear Itself 2008 (TV Show)

Creator

Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King 1988 - 1989, 1993 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Writer

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet 2004 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

(From Story)

Michael Jackson's 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

(From Story)

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Fly II 1989 (Movie)

(Story By)

The Fly II 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Critters 2: The Main Course 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Batteries Not Included 1987 (Movie)

(From Story)

Love and Curses (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (6)

Unbroken 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Masters of Science Fiction 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Stephen King's Riding the Bullet 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Bag of Bones (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

From a Buick 8 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (6)

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 100 Scariest Movie Moments 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's The Shining 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King: Master of Macabre 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stupids 1996 (Movie)

Reporter No 2 (Actor)

The Quick and the Dead 1995 (Movie)

Young Herod's Man (Actor)

Biography

A long-time fan of horror, fantasy and science fiction movies, Mick Garris successfully turned his passion into a profession as a producer-writer-director of medium budget genre fare for film and TV. Mindful of his origins, he has won some affection from fans by keeping their interests in mind as he works. This respect for the material and the audience has served him well in his collaboration with novelist-turned-screenwriter Stephen King, particularly on the popular TV miniseries version of "Stephen King's 'The Stand'" (ABC, 1994). Garris' work has been unambitious but more than adequate as he places story concerns before special effects.

Relationships

Cynthia Garris

Wife
married c. 1983

Craig Garris

Brother
born June 4, 1953 died on April 21, 1992 of complications from AIDS

Milestones

2004

Directed, produced and co-wrote "Riding the Bullet" based on the novel by Stephen King

2000

Co-wrote, directed and produced the SciFi series "The Others"

1998

Produced, wrote and directed the ABC TV-movie "Virtual Obsession"

1996

Directed the TV miniseries remake of "Stephen King's 'The Shining'" (aired on ABC in 1997)

1996

With director Stan Winston, co-scripted and provided story for the short film "Michael Jackson's 'Ghosts'"

1995

Acting debut in bit role in Sam Raimi's "The Quick and the Dead"

1994

Helmed the popular TV miniseries "Stephen King's 'The Stand'" from King's screenplay

1992

First collaboration with Stephen King; directed "Stephen King's 'Sleepwalkers'" from King's original screenplay

1990

Directed made-for-cable sequel/prequel "Psycho IV: The Beginning" for Showtime starring Anthony Perkins, Olivia Hussey and Henry Thomas; first time directing a movie star (Perkins)

1989

Provided story and co-wrote screenplay for "The Fly II"

1988

Feature debut as writer-director, "Critters 2: The Main Course" (co-scripted with David Twohy)

1987

Feature debut, received story credit for the Spielberg-produced "Batteries Not Included"

1986

TV directing debut, "Life on Death Row", an episode of "Amazing Stories" (also provided story)

1986

TV-movie debut as producer-writer-director, "Fuzzbucket", aired as part of the Disney/ABC Sunday Movie; script nominated as best children's teleplay by the Writers Guild of America

1985

Served as story editor on "Amazing Stories"; wrote scripts for eight episodes

1985

Episodic TV writing debut, "The Amazing Falsworth", an award-winning episode of the Spielberg-produced "Amazing Stories", helmed by Peter Hyams and starring Gregory Hines

1982

With John Landis, co-wrote "Coming Soon", a collection of horror movie trailers

1977

First job in publicity with Avco Embassy Pictures; project coordinator on a line of genre films including John Carpenter's "The Fog", "Escape from New York" and Joe Dante's "The Howling"

Hired by Steven Spielberg and John Landis to do "Making Of..." promotional documentaries on their films

His agent submitted a writing sample to Amblin Entertainment

Contributed articles to Famous Monsters of Filmland, Fangoria, Starlog and & Cinefantastique

Worked as a receptionist for George Lucas' Star Wars Corporation

Produced an unsold half hour pilot for the USA Network about horror movies featuring a round table discussion with John Landis, John Carpenter and David Cronenberg

Moved with Avco chief Bob Rehme when the exec took over production at Universal Studios; developed new techniques for promoting genre films

First guest was producer-writer-director Larry Cohen whose statement, "Every asshole has a script in his back pocket" made him decide not to show his screenplays to any of the filmmakers he met

Commissioned to write several low-budget genre features which were never produced

Lead singer of San Diego-based rock band Horsefeathers

Hosted "Fantasy Film Festival", a weekly 15-minute show on Los Angeles cable Channel Z featuring interviews with genre filmmakers and performers

Became the first publicist to go to conventions and give presentations about new genre films

Co-created (with Tom McLoughlin) and wrote episodes for the syndicated horror-action series "She-Wolf of London/Love and Curses"; also served as executive consultant

Bonus Trivia

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Garris' short fiction has been published in various magazines and book anthologies including "Hot Blood" and "Silver Scream"

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"I love to be surprised. I like to see something that's better than what I'm keeping in my brain. When we're reading people, the best people always jump right out at you and its not necessarily what you originally had in mind."--Mick Garris in Drama-Logue, October 25-31, 1990

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"I've always been a devotee of the dark genre. I can't say what exactly drove me into it, but it's been there since my earliest memories. I seldom remember my dreams, though I know we all dream, and maybe dark fiction and horror films have helped me touch the unconscious while awake." --Mick Garris.

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