Cunningham, Sean S. 1941–

Updated About encyclopedia.com content Print Article Share Article
views updated

CUNNINGHAM, Sean S. 1941–

PERSONAL

Born December 31, 1941, in New York, NY; children: Chelsea. Education: Franklin and Marshall College, B.A.; Stanford University, M.F.A., film and drama.

Addresses: Office—Crystal Lake Entertainment, 4420 Hayvenhurst Ave., Encino, CA 91436.

Career: Director and producer. Sean S. Cunningham Films, Ltd., founder, 1971; Cunningham Productions, founder, 1984; Sun Valley Film Corporation, founder, 1997; Crystal Lake Entertainment, Encino, CA, principal; producer of documentary and industrial films and commercials. Mineola Theatre (theatre company), producer; also worked as a stage manager and actor. Also worked as a teacher.

Member: Directors Guild of America.

Awards, Honors: Mystfest Award nomination, best film, 1980, for Friday the 13th.

CREDITS

Film Director:

Together (also known as Sensual Paradise), Hallmark Releasing, 1971.

Case of the Full Moon Murders (also known as Case of the Smiling Stiffs and Sex on the Groove Tube), Seaberg Film Distribution, 1974.

Here Come the Tigers, American International Pictures, 1978.

Manny's Orphans, 1978.

Kick, 1979.

Friday the 13th, Paramount, 1980.

A Stranger Is Watching, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer, 1982.

Spring Break, Columbia, 1983.

(Uncredited) Director of chase scene, A Nightmare on Elm Street, New Line Cinema, 1984.

The New Kids (also known as Striking Back), Columbia, 1985.

DeepStar Six (also known as Deep Star Six), TriStar, 1989.

XCU: Extreme Close Up, Dream Rock/Moonstone Entertainment, 2001.

Film Producer:

The Last House on the Left (also known as Grim Company, Krug and Company, and Sex Crime of the Century), Hallmark Releasing, 1972.

Case of the Full Moon Murders (also known as Case of the Smiling Stiffs and Sex on the Groove Tube), Seaberg Film Distribution, 1974.

Here Come the Tigers, American International Pictures, 1978.

Kick, 1979.

Friday the 13th, Paramount, 1980.

Spring Break, Columbia, 1983.

The New Kids (also known as Striking Back), Columbia, 1985.

House (also known as House: Ding Dong, You're Dead), New World, 1986.

House II: The Second Story, New World, 1987.

The Taste of Hemlock, 1988.

Deep Star Six (also known as Deep Star Six), TriStar, 1989.

The Horror Show (also known as Horror House, House 3, and House III: The Horror Show), United Artists, 1989.

House IV (also known as House IV: Home Deadly Home and House IV: The Repossession), New Line Home Video, 1992.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (also known as Friday the 13th IX), New Line Cinema, 1993.

My Boyfriend's Back (also known as Johnny Zombie), Buena Vista, 1993.

XCU: Extreme Close Up, Dream Rock/Moonstone Entertainment, 2001.

Executive producer, Jason X, New Line Cinema, 2001.

Freddy vs. Jason, New Line Cinema, 2003.

Television Work; Movies:

Director and executive producer, Terminal Invasion, Sci–Fi Channel, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself, Mario Bava: Maestro of the Macabre, 2000.

RECORDINGS

Videos:

Himself, Welcome to Primetime, New Line Home Video, 1999.

Himself, By Any Means Necessary: The Making of "Jason X," New Line Home Video, 2002.

Himself, It's Only a Movie: The Making of "Last House on the Left," Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2002.

Himself, The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees, New Line Home Video, 2002.

Himself, Celluloid Crime of the Century, Blue Underground, 2003.

Himself, Return to Crystal Lake: Making "Friday the 13th," Warner Home Video, 2003.

WRITINGS

Screenplays:

Together (also known as Sensual Paradise), Hallmark Releasing, 1971.

OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2002.