Mick Garris

Mick Garris

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Award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris began writing fiction at the age of twelve. By the time he was in high school, he was writing music and film journalism for various local and national publications, and during college, edited and published his own pop culture magazine. He spent seven years as lead vocalist with the acclaimed tongue-in-cheek progressive art-rock band, HORSEFEATHERS. His first film business job was as receptionist for George Lucas’s Star Wars Corporation, operated the remote-controlled R2-D2 robot at personal appearances, including that year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Garris hosted and produced “The Fantasy Film Festival” on Los Angeles television, and later worked in film publicity at Avco Embassy and Universal Pictures, where he created “Making of…” documentaries for various feature films. Steven Spielberg hired Garris as story editor on the AMAZING STORIES TV series for NBC, where he wrote 10 of the 44 episodes. Since then, he has written or co-authored several feature films (NIGHTMARE CINEMA, RIDING THE BULLET, *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, THE FLY II, HOCUS POCUS, CRITTERS 2,) and teleplays (AMAZING STORIES, QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, THE OTHERS, DESPERATION, MASTERS OF HORROR), as well as directing and producing in many media: cable (PSYCHO IV: THE BEGINNING, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, MASTERS OF HORROR, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and its spinoff, RAVENSWOOD, WITCHES OF EAST END, SHADOWHUNTERS, DEAD OF SUMMER, ONCE UPON A TIME), features (CRITTERS 2, SLEEPWALKERS, RIDING THE BULLET), television films (QUICKSILVER HIGHWAY, VIRTUAL OBSESSION, DESPERATION), series pilots (THE OTHERS, LOST IN OZ), network miniseries (THE STAND, THE SHINING, THE JUDGE, BAG OF BONES), and series (SHE-WOLF OF LONDON, MASTERS OF HORROR, FEAR ITSELF). He created and produced Showtime’s MASTERS OF HORROR series, as well as created the NBC series, FEAR ITSELF, Garris also executive produced the Universal feature, UNBROKEN, based on the life of Louis Zamperini and the book by Laura Hillenbrand, directed by Angelina Jolie. Mick is also known as an interviewer on POST-MORTEM, where he sits down with some of the most revered filmmakers in the horror and fantasy genre for one-on-one discussions, which began as a TV series, and has become an acclaimed podcast. Garris is also an author, and his books include A LIFE IN THE CINEMA, DEVELOPMENT HELL, SNOW SHADOWS and TYLER’S THIRD ACT, SALOME, UGLY, and his latest from Cinestate/Fangoria Press, THESE EVIL THINGS WE DO: THE MICK GARRIS COLLECTION.
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