Ben Ketai

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Ben Ketai
Benjamin Ketai

1982 (age 41–42)
EducationUniversity of Michigan
Occupation(s)Film director, screenwriter, producer
Known forStartUp (TV series)

Benjamin Ketai is an American filmmaker. He directed and wrote the following Ghost House Pictures productions: 30 Days of Night: Dark Days and the webseries 30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust.[1]


In 2010, the SyFy Channel released The Resistance, executive produced by Ketai, Scott Bayless, and Scott Rogers and directed by Adrian Picardi. It started as a low budget web series in the form of 4 short online teasers on YouTube. Before filming the actual web show, the series was picked up by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures and Starz Media, after executives at Ghost House viewed The Resistance teasers online. The web show aired on October 4, 2010, on the SyFy channel as a one-hour television pilot. It was also released in its original 8 episodic form on iTunes, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network. "The Resistance" was produced by Aaron Lam, Eric Ro, and Associate Producer Don Le.[2][3][4] The pilot made history, as it's the first time a series created originally for the web was premiered on television.[5]

In 2012, Ketai created, wrote and directed an original series for Crackle, Chosen, starring Milo Ventimiglia.[6]

Ketai wrote the script of the real-life project Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word, based on the life of Johnny Frank Garrett.[7] In the same year, he wrote the script to the sequel to The Strangers, with Bryan Bertino, entitled The Strangers: Prey at Night and released in 2018.[8]

In 2016, the TV series he created, StartUp, starring Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi and Martin Freeman, premiered on Crackle. He also directed and wrote select episodes. Season 2 premiered in September 2017.


Year Film Credit Notes
2006 Tales from the Grudge Written by, co-producer Short film
2007 Suck Director, written by
2008 Megan Director, written by, producer
2010 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Director, screenplay by Co-wrote with Steve Niles
2013 The Elm Tree The producer would like to thank
Beneath Director
2016 The Forest Written by Co-wrote with Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca
Johnny Frank Garrett's Last Word Screenplay by, story by Co-wrote screenplay with Marc Haimes, co-wrote story with Tony Giglio
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night Written by, associate producer Co-wrote with Bryan Bertino
Malevolent Screenplay by Co-wrote with Eva Konstantopoulos
2023 River Wild Director & writer Co-wrote with Mike Nguyen Le


  1. ^ 30 Days of Night: Dark Days To Be a "War" Movie Archived March 9, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The Hollywood Reporter Article - "The Resistance"
  3. ^ The Washington Post Article - "The Resistance"
  4. ^ ""Resistance" Web series tests TV waters - Yahoo! News". Archived from the original on 2010-09-26. Retrieved 2010-09-23. Yahoo News Article - "The Resistance"
  5. ^ "- "The Resistance" makes history". Archived from the original on 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
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  7. ^ First Poster For The Last Word
  8. ^ ‘The Strangers 2′ Finally Happening?!

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