John Carl Buechler (Writer/ Producer/ Director/ Special Effects Master) When he ran the make-up effects department at New World Pictures, Roger Corman called him “…the best in the business…” Premiere Magazine has quoted John Carl Buechler as saying,” if you can pull a performance out of a piece of latex, you can do it with actors…”
He was the first person in history to make his way into the director’s chair by way of make-up effects super-stardom. With over 90 movies, he’s someone who truly goes the entire nine yards. John Carl Buechler has made his name known as an accomplished writer, producer, director and special effects artist. Since his early years, Buechler was filled with a passion for film making and special effects and formed his own company Magical Media Industries, for production and the creation of special effects for a great number of motion pictures in the science fiction and horror/fantasy genre.
As a Writer/Director, in 1986, Buechler brought to the screen his highly successful, and now cult classic film “Troll“, which introduced the world to Harry Potter Jr, a young boy who saved the world from an evil troll wizard (more than a decade before JK Rowling wrote her first book).. His 1988 box office hit “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood” , which he not only directed, he also created the eye-popping special effects as well as what many fans and critics agree is THE DIFINITIVE JASON VOORHEES.. Buechler’s work in cinematic monster-making is legendary. His amazing design and visual effects artistry has graced the “Nightmare on Elm Street” film franchise, the “Halloween” franchise and multiple other classic horror and visual fantasy films.
Although he is known for his fascinating make-up work, as a writer/director, Buechler made his debut on an anthology fantasy film entitled “The Dungeonmaster“. From here we went on to direct a long list of successful and distinguished motion pictures, and television shows, including: “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde“, “Cellar Dweller“, “Reanimator“, “From Beyond“, “Ghoulies Go To College“, “Land of the Lost“, “Tarzan the Epic Adventures“, “Watchers Reborn“, “Ice Crawlers“, “A Light in the Forest“, “Curse of the Forty-niner” and many others…
John’s outstanding visual effects work is featured in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade“, the “Ghoulies” franchise, “Halloween 4“,”Halloween 6” and “Halloween: H20“, “Nightmare on Elm Street 4 & 6” and more recently “Hatchet 1 & 2″. Currently Buechler is producing the 3-D animated remake of his cult classic film Troll ; “Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr.” in association with UK based SC films International, starring the voice of Academy award winner, Patricia Arquette an with an animated TV series to follow.