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sean s. cunningham

Sean S. Cunningham will always be remembered in the horror field for directing what is considered the inspiration to thousands of crazed slasher films, 'Friday the 13th.' It was produced for a modest $500.000 and has grossed well over $70 million to date. Born 1941, a New York native, Cunningham considered becoming a doctor, but didn't want to actually practice medicine. Sean Cunningham

He graduated from Stanford University with a Master's Degree in Drama and Film and began his career managing theatre companies around the country, including productions at New York's Lincoln Center, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and at the Mineola Theatre on Long Island. His first film was a semi-documentary entitled 'Together'.

He directed a few exploitation titles before teaming with Wes Craven on the controversial cult classic 'Last House on the Left.' The film was a harsh and brutal tale of revenge and murder, based on Ingmar Bergman's Virgin Spring.

Making a subsequent transition to comedy in 1977, Cunningham produced and directed 'Here Come the Tigers' followed by 'Manny's Orphans'.

Cunningham returned to horror in 1980 and hit pay dirt with a little slasher film called Friday The 13th. Cunningham sold the film on its unique title before he even had written a script or cast any actors, the result would be one of the most highly successful if not the longest running slasher film franchise, not to mention the most heavily imitated.

'A Stranger is Watching' followed, garnering critical acclaim and financial success. Next, Cunningham scored again with the hit film 'Spring Break', a youth orientated comedywhich brought back memories of college antics to people of all ages..

Like Craven he pretty much found success with a lucrative series yet he has had a fair number of misses (Deep Star Six, My Boyfriend's Back) to complement his hits.

His latest venture will be the 'Freddy vs. Jason' movie which may well indeed bring new life to his career as a horror director.


Freddy vs. Jason (1998) [Director] aka Friday the 13th X (1996) (working title)

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) [Producer] aka Friday the 13th IX (1993)

My Boyfriend's Back (1993) [Producer]

DeepStar Six (1989) [Director] [Producer]

House II: The Second Story (1987) [Producer]

House (1986) [Producer]

New Kids, The (1985) [Director] [Producer] aka Striking Back (1985)

Spring Break (1983) [Director] [Producer]

Stranger Is Watching, A (1982) [Director]

Friday the 13th (1980) [Director]

Here Come the Tigers (1978) [Director] aka Manny's Orphans (1978)

Case of the Full Moon Murders (1974) [Director] [Producer] aka Case of the Smiling Stiffs (1974)

Last House on the Left (1972) [Producer]

Together (1971) [Director]


William Katt
George Wendt
Richard Moll
Kay Lenz
Mary Stavin

Ethan Wiley
Steve Miner
Harry Manfredini
Sean Cunningham
Fred Dekker