John Lindsay

John Lindsay

Actor, Director, Producer


John Lindsay was an American director known for his groundbreaking work in the horror genre. He began his career as an assistant director on the set of the classic horror movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). He went on to direct the cult classic The Hills Have Eyes (1977), which gained him a great deal of notoriety.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1954 and was raised in a family of filmmakers. His father was a projectionist at a local movie theater, and his mother was a script supervisor. He was exposed to the world of filmmaking as a child, and it was this experience that helped shape his passion for directing.

He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied filmmaking and photography. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in the film industry. He worked as a production assistant and then eventually landed a job as an assistant director on the set of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was here that he honed his skills, and it led to his first directing job in 1977.

The Hills Have Eyes was a major success and launched his career as a director. It was one of the first horror films to incorporate elements of the supernatural, and it was praised for its innovative storytelling. The film was a financial success and opened the door for other horror directors to explore the genre.

After The Hills Have Eyes, Lindsay went on to direct a number of films in the horror genre, including The Howling (1981), Cujo (1983), and Silver Bullet (1985). He also directed a number of television episodes, including episodes of The Twilight Zone, Tales from the Crypt, and The Outer Limits.

Lindsay’s work has had a lasting impact on the horror genre. He was able to take the classic horror tropes and create something new and exciting. His work pushed the boundaries of the genre and showed that horror could be something more than just cheap thrills.

John Lindsay passed away in 2006, but his legacy lives on. He will always be remembered as one of the great horror directors of all time. His films continue to inspire new generations of filmmakers and horror fans alike.