Adam Wingard

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Adam Wingard
Adam Wingard 2013 (cropped).jpg
Wingard in 2013
Born (1982-12-03) December 3, 1982 (age 34)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Film director, editor, cinematographer, screenwriter Composer
Years active 2004-present

Adam Wingard (born December 3, 1982) is an American film director, editor, cinematographer, and screenwriter.[1][2] He is notable for his works in the horror genre, especially the films You're Next, The Guest, and Blair Witch.

Life and career[edit]

Wingard was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and graduated from Full Sail University in 2002. His first feature, the horror comedy Home Sick, starring Bill Moseley and Tiffany Shepis, proved to be a stepping stone to his second feature, the psychotropic ghost story horror film Pop Skull. Made on a total budget of $2,000, Pop Skull had its international premiere at the Rome Film Festival and its domestic premiere at the AFI Film Festival in 2007. A Horrible Way to Die (2010) and What Fun We Were Having (2011) followed.

The serial killer love story horror film A Horrible Way to Die premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in the ‘Vanguard’ section and was acquired by Starz/Anchor Bay at the festival for a North American theatrical and home media release. What Fun We Were Having is a 4-part anthology dealing with the taboo subject of date rape. The anthology had its premiere at the 2011 Fantastia Film Festival in Montreal where Wingard was honored by the festival with his very own sidebar section: “Medicated Monsters – A Spotlight on Filmmaker Adam Wingard”.

In 2011, Wingard co-directed Autoerotic with mumblecore icon (and frequent actor in Wingard films) Joe Swanberg. He was selected to direct one chapter of The ABCs of Death, a 26-chapter horror comedy anthology for Drafthouse Films and Magnet. A recent solo directorial effort, You're Next, a home invasion slasher, premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival as part of the ‘Midnight Madness’ section.[3] The film was acquired by Lionsgate, and received a wide release in August 2013 to favorable reviews.

His most recent film, The Guest starring Dan Stevens, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and Fantastic Fest and has received critical acclaim upon its wider theatrical release in mid-September.[4] Wingard directed Lionsgate's horror film Blair Witch, based on a script by Simon Barrett. The film is a sequel to the 1999 found footage horror classic, The Blair Witch Project.[5]

More recently, Adam Wingard has signed on to direct an upcoming live-action American film adaptation of Takeshi Obata's popular manga series Death Note.[6]

All of Adam Wingard's films are given a contemporary backdrop, briefly alluding to current events and attitudes prevalent in the social zeitgeist of the 2010s, as well as trends in pop culture. For example, The Guest references the ongoing war in Afghanistan, while You're Next alludes through one of its characters to the 2010s hipster subculture as well as through another character to popular skepticism of the defense industry.

In May 2017, Wingard was announced as the director for Godzilla vs. Kong.[7]

Critical acclaim[edit]

Wingard's film Pop Skull[8][9][10] won the Best Feature Film award at the Indianapolis International Film Festival[11] and the Jury award at the Boston Underground Film Festival.[12]

Wingard's A Horrible Way to Die won Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett), Best Actor (A.J. Bowen) and Best Actress (Amy Seimetz) at the 2010 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.[13]

Wingard's You're Next won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett), and Best Actress (Sharni Vinson) at the 2011 Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas.[14]


As director
Year Title Notes
2004 The Little One Short film
2005 The Girlfriend Short film
2007 Home Sick
1000 Year Sleep Short film
Pop Skull Also actor, writer and producer
2008 Laura Panic Short film
Paradox Mary Short film
Little Sister Gone Short film
2009 Her Name is Laura Panic Short film
2010 A Horrible Way to Die
2011 Autoerotic Co-directed with Joe Swanberg, also writer and actor
You're Next As Director And Composer With Various Artists
60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero
What Fun We Were Having Also writer
2012 V/H/S "Tape 56" segment (also actor)
The ABCs of Death "Q is for Quack" segment (also actor)
2013 V/H/S/2 "Phase I Clinical Trials" segment (also actor and executive producer)
2014 The Guest As Director
2016 Outcast Episode: "A Darkness Surrounds Him"
Blair Witch As Composer And Director
2017 Death Note Completed, adaptation of the 2003 manga As Director
TBA I Saw the Devil Remake of the 2010 film
2020 Godzilla vs. Kong


  1. ^ "Adam Wingard". Movies & TV. The New York Times (All Movie Guide and Baseline). 
  2. ^ "Home Sick Comes Home Today!". August 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ 'Guest' Director Adam Wingard Goes Back to Horror with 'The Woods'
  4. ^ Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett Take a Trip into The Woods
  5. ^ Adam Wingard Heads Into ‘The Woods’
  6. ^ Adam Wingard to Direct ‘Death Note’. /Film, April 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Kit, Borys (May 30, 2017). "'Godzilla vs. Kong' Finds Its Director With Adam Wingard (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Review of Adam Wingard's brilliant POP SKULL". September 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  9. ^ Brown, Todd (December 9, 2007). "News: Adam Wingard Convinces Me I've Wasted My Life. Trailer And Stills From POP SKULL". Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  10. ^ Koehler, Robert (November 21, 2007). "Variety Reviews – Pop Skull – Film Reviews – AFI". Variety. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  11. ^ "indyfilmfest". Indianapolis International Film Festival. Archived from the original on October 21, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  12. ^ Everleth, Mike (March 28, 2008). "2008 Boston Underground Film Festival: Award Winners". Underground Film Journal. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  13. ^ "FANTASTIC FEST 2010 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  14. ^ "FANTASTIC FEST 2011 ANNOUNCES THE FANTASTIC FEST AWARDS". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 

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