Brian Yuzna

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Brian Yuzna
Brian Yuzna et Christophe Gans Cannes 1996.jpg
Brian Yuzna (left) with Christophe Gans at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1949-08-30) August 30, 1949 (age 66)
Philippines
Occupation Film director, screenwriter, film producer

Brian Yuzna (born August 30, 1949 in the Philippines) is a cult[1] producer, director, and writer, known for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Bride of Re-Animator (1989) and Beyond Re-Animator (2003)[2] who has been active within the independent horror genre for over thirty years. He is widely known as the producer behind Re-Animator, as well as being the first American filmmaker to adapt a Manga into a live-action feature. He has helmed several adaptations of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, and has assisted many first time directors, including Stuart Gordon, Christophe Gans and Luis De La Madrid, in getting their projects made.

Biography[edit]

Yuzna grew up in Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Panama before moving to the United States in the 1960s. He is married to Cathy Yuzna and they have four children: Conan Yuzna, Zoe Yuzna, Noah Yuzna and producer Logan Yuzna.

Career[edit]

Having collected a large following in Europe, Yuzna started Fantastic Factory, with Julio Fernández, a label under Barcelona film company Filmax. His goal is produce "modestly budgeted genre (horror, science fiction, fantasy) films for the international market (shot in English language) using genre talent from all around the world and to develop local talent."[3]

He was last working as the producer of the Wehrmacht zombie movie Worst Case Scenario, directed by Richard Raaphorst, which takes place after a fictional World Cup 2006 finale between Germany and Netherlands where Germany loses and seeks revenge with a zombie invasion, in May 2009 was announced the project is dead.[4] The film eventually became Frankenstein's Army and was released in 2013. After four years returned to the director's chair and filmed Amphibious 3-D[5] which stars Michael Paré and Francis Magee.[6][7]

In 2014, Yuzna was awarded Honorary Member of the Catalan Academy of Cinema in Barcelona.[8] Later that year, in Hollywood, the Cinefamily screened and celebrated the 25th anniversary of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids with Yuzna as guest of honor.[9]

In 2015, a retrospective of his work of 30 years "Brian Yuzna, A Retrospective" was presented and screened at the theater in the Soho House West Hollywood, curated by Diana Lado and produced by Logan Yuzna.[10][11]

Filmography[edit]

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As director[edit]

As writer[edit]

As actor[edit]

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