Splat Pack

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The Splat Pack is a collection of independent filmmakers who, since 2002, have directed, written and produced numerous R-Rated horror films, notable for their low budgets and extreme ultra-violence.[1]

History[edit]

The term was coined by Alan Jones of Total Film.[2] The group has been credited with bringing back ultra-violent movies, as well as moving away from PG-13 rated movies and into the R-rated spectrum, all while operating with low budgets.[1][3] The members have repeatedly clashed with the MPAA board over the content of their work but nevertheless continue to find substantial box-office success.[2][3] In 2011 a documentary on the Splat Pack was made featuring extensive interviews with members Alexandre Aja, Adam Green, Eli Roth, Darren Lynn Bousman, Neil Marshall, and Greg McLean. Quentin Tarantino jokingly referred to Eli Roth as "The Frank Sinatra of the Splat Pack" in his press for Grindhouse.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Writer(s) Producer(s) Distributor(s)
2002 Dog Soldiers Neil Marshall Neil Marshall Brian Patrick O'Toole, Christopher Figg, Tom Reeve, David E. Allen Pathé
Cabin Fever Eli Roth Eli Roth, Randy Pearlstein Evan Astrowsky, Sam Froelich, Lauren Moews, Eli Roth Lionsgate
2003 House of 1000 Corpses Rob Zombie Rob Zombie Andy Gould Lionsgate
Haute Tension Alexandre Aja Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur Alexandre Arcady and Robert Benmussa Lionsgate
2004 Saw James Wan Leigh Whannell Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Lionsgate
2005 The Devil's Rejects Rob Zombie Rob Zombie Mike Elliott, Andy Gould, Marco Mehlitz, Michael Ohoven, Rob Zombie Lionsgate
The Descent Neil Marshall Neil Marshall Christian Colson Lionsgate, Pathé
Hostel Eli Roth Eli Roth Scott Spiegel, Mike Fleiss, Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth Lionsgate
Wolf Creek Greg McLean Greg McLean George Adams, Martin Fabinyi, Michael Gudinski, Gary Hamilton, Matt Hearn, David Lightfoot Dimension Films
Saw II Darren Lynn Bousman Darren Lynn Bousman, Leigh Whannell Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, James Wan, Leigh Whannell Lionsgate
2006 The Hills Have Eyes Alexandre Aja Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur Wes Craven, Peter Locke, Marianne Maddalena, Cody Zwieg Fox Searchlight Pictures
Saw III Darren Lynn Bousman Leigh Whannell Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Lionsgate
2007 Dead Silence James Wan Leigh Whannell Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules Universal Studios
Death Sentence James Wan Ian Mackenzie Jeffers Ashok Amritraj, Howard Baldwin, Karen Elise Baldwin Fox Atomic
Halloween Rob Zombie Rob Zombie Malek Akkad, Patrick Esposito, Andy Gould, Andrew G. La Marca, Matthew Stein, and Rob Zombie Dimension Films, MGM Studios
Hostel: Part II Eli Roth Eli Roth Scott Spiegel, Quentin Tarantino, Boaz Yakin Lionsgate
Rogue Greg McLean Greg McLean, Aaron Sterns Matt Hearn, David Lightfoot, Greg McLean Dimension Films
Planet Terror Robert Rodriguez Robert Rodriguez Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Elizabeth Avellan Dimension Films
Saw IV Darren Lynn Bousman Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Lionsgate
2008 Doomsday Neil Marshall Neil Marshall Benedict Carver, Steven Paul Rogue Pictures
Mirrors Alexandre Aja Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur, Marc Sternberg, Alexandra Milchan Twentieth Century Fox France
Repo! The Genetic Opera Darren Lynn Bousman Terrance Zdunich, Darren Smith Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Carl Mazzocone, Darren Lynn Bousman, Peter Block. Jason Constantine, Yoshiki Hayashi Lionsgate
2009 Halloween II Rob Zombie Rob Zombie Malek Akkad, Andy Gould, and Rob Zombie The Weinstein Company
2010 Piranha 3-D Alexandre Aja Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg Alexandre Aja, Mark Canton, Grégory Levasseur, and Marc Toberoff Dimension Films
Machete Robert Rodriguez Robert Rodriguez, Álvaro Rodriguez Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellan, Rick Schwartz 20th Century Fox
Insidious James Wan Leigh Whannell Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, Oren Peli FilmDistrict
Mother's Day Darren Lynn Bousman Scott Milam Brett Ratner, Richard Saperstein, Jay Stern, and Brian Witten Anchor Bay Films
2011 11-11-11 Darren Lynn Bousman' Darren Lynn Bousman Loris Curci, Richard Heller, Wayne Allan Rice Columbia Pictures
2012 The Barrens Darren Lynn Bousman Darren Lynn Bousman Darren Lynn Bousman, Richard Saperstein, Brian Witten Anchor Bay Entertainment
The Lords of Salem Rob Zombie Rob Zombie Jason Blum, Andy Gould, Oren Peli, Steven Schneider, Rob Zombie Anchor Bay Films
2013 The Conjuring James Wan Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes Tony DeRosa-Grund, Peter Safran, Rob Cowan Warner Bros. Pictures
Insidious: Chapter 2 James Wan Leigh Whannell Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, Oren Peli Warner Bros. Pictures
Wolf Creek 2 Greg McLean Greg McLean, Aaron Sterns Helen Leake, Greg McLean, Steve Topic Roadshow Film Distributors
2014 Horns Alexandre Aja Keith Bunin Alexandre Aja, Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, Cathy Schulman Dimension Films, RADiUS-TWC
The Green Inferno Eli Roth Eli Roth, Guillermo Amoedo Eli Roth, Christopher Woodrow, Miguel Asensio, Molly Conners, Nicolas Lopez Open Road Films
2015 Insidious: Chapter 3 Leigh Whannell Leigh Whannell Jason Blum, Oren Peli, James Wan Focus Features, Stage 6 Films

Other Related Films[edit]

The following are films related, being produced, written or otherwise connected to a Splat Packer, but not official due to not being directed by any of The Splat Pack members.

Year Film Director Writer(s) Producer(s) Distributor(s)
2007 P2 Franck Khalfoun Alexandre Aja, Franck Khalfoun, Grégory Levasseur Alexandre Aja, Erik Feig, Grégory Levasseur, Patrick Wachsberger Summit Entertainment, Destination Films
2008 Saw V David Hackl Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules Lionsgate
2009 The Descent Part 2 Jon Harris James Watkins, J. Blakeson, James McCarthy Ivana Mackinnon, Christian Colson Pathé
Saw VI Kevin Greutert Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan Mark Burg, Oren Koules Lionsgate
2010 The Last Exorcism Daniel Stamm Huck Botko, Andrew Gurland Eric Newman, Eli Roth, Marc Abraham, Thomas A. Bliss Lionsgate
Saw 3D Kevin Greutert Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan Gregg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Lionsgate
2011 Hostel Part III Scott Spiegel Michael D. Weiss Chris Briggs, Mike Fleiss, Scott Spiegel Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
2012 Maniac Franck Khalfoun Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur, C.A. Rosenberg Alexandre Aja IFC Midnight
2013 The Last Exorcism Part II Ed Gass-Donnelly Damien Chazelle, Ed Gass-Donnelly Eli Roth, Thomas A. Bliss CBS Films
Aftershock Nicolás López Eli Roth, Nicolàs López, Guillermo Amoedo Eli Roth, Brian Oliver, Miguel Asensio Dimension Films, RADiUS-TWC
2014 Annabelle John R. Leonetti Gary Dauberman Peter Safran, James Wan Warner Bros. Pictures
Demonic Will Canon Max La Bella, Doug Simon, Will Canon (Story By James Wan & Max La Bella) Lee Clay, James Wan Dimension Films

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Winters Keegan, Rebecca (October 22, 2006). "The Splat Pack". Time. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Jones, Alan (December 24, 2006). "Blood Brothers". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b New York Post; October 22, 2006. Horrors!; retrieved April 2, 2007
  4. ^ a b AOL Canada; Summer Movie Guide - Femmes Fatales; retrieved December 26, 2011