Jewel Shepard

Jewel Shepard

Actor, Director, Writer


Jewel Shepard is an American actress, director, and writer best known for her work in the horror and science-fiction genres. Born in 1964 in Los Angeles, California, Shepard began her career in 1982 with a small role in the horror classic The Slumber Party Massacre. She went on to appear in a number of horror films, including Return of the Living Dead, Night of the Creeps, and Chopping Mall.

In the late 1980s, Shepard decided to focus on her career as a director. She signed with the production company New World Pictures and eventually directed two feature films, both of which were released in 1988. The first was the horror-comedy film Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, which was a cult hit in the horror genre. The second was the science-fiction horror film The Hidden, which was a box office success and received positive reviews from critics.

Shepard continued to work as a director until the early 2000s, helming several television movies and directing episodes of popular television series, such as The X-Files and Charmed. She also made occasional acting appearances in films and television shows, such as the feature film Slumber Party Massacre III and the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

In recent years, Shepard has shifted away from directing and instead focused her attention on writing. She wrote the screenplay for the horror film The Sacrament, which was released in 2013, and she has also written several novels. In 2019, she wrote and directed the horror-comedy film The Binge, which stars Vince Vaughn and Skyler Gisondo.

Jewel Shepard has proven to be an incredibly versatile filmmaker, having worked in both horror and science-fiction, and her writing has been praised for its wit and intelligence. She has remained a beloved figure in the horror genre, and her body of work continues to inspire fans and filmmakers alike.


Jan. 3, 1958

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