David Bruckner

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David Bruckner
David Bruckner.jpg
Bruckner on September 6, 2009
Born1977/1978 (age 42–43)[1]
OccupationFilm director
Known forThe Signal, V/H/S

David Bruckner is an American film director. With Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush, he co-wrote and co-directed The Signal (2007). He also co-wrote and directed "Amateur Night" in the horror anthology V/H/S.

Early history[edit]

Bruckner grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. His father is a police detective and his mother an emergency room nurse.[1] He attended the University of Georgia along with A. J. Bowen and Jacob Gentry. The three would later collaborate with Dan Bush on The Signal (2007).[2]


With Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush, Bruckner co-wrote and co-directed The Signal. The filmmakers used their connections in Atlanta to compose a crew.[1] The concept came from a Surrealist game called exquisite corpse, in which multiple people collaborate in order to complete an art project.[3] When Gentry was unable to contribute to the horror anthology V/H/S (2012), he suggested Bruckner, who eventually co-wrote and directed the segment "Amateur Night".[2] Also released in 2012, his short film Talk Show addresses the torture debate in mainstream media.[4] Bruckner was set to direct a reboot of Friday the 13th for Paramount Pictures but was reported to have left in late 2015.[5] His film Southbound premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by the Orchard for release in 2016.[6][7] In 2016, he was an executive producer on SiREN, which was based on his V/H/S segment "Amateur Night".[8] In 2017, he released his first solo directed feature, The Ritual, based on the horror novel by Adam Nevill. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix for distribution.[9] David is currently set to direct The Night House starring Rebecca Hall. [10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2008, Bruckner was nominated for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award along with Gentry and Bush for The Signal.[11]


Film Year Director Producer Writer Editor
The Signal 2007 Yes No Yes Yes segment "Crazy in Love"
Talk Show 2011 Yes Yes Yes Yes short film
V/H/S 2012 Yes Yes Yes Yes segment Amateur Night
Southbound 2016 Yes Yes Yes Yes segment The Accident
SiREN 2016 No Executive No No based on Amateur Night
The Ritual 2017 Yes No No No
The Night House 2020 Yes No No No


  1. ^ a b c Guerrasio, Jason (2007-01-24). "Dan Bush, David Bruckner, and Jacob Gentry, The Signal". Filmmaker. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  2. ^ a b Nicholson, Amy. "Mumblegore". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on 2014-09-01. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  3. ^ Addiego, Walter (2008-02-17). "Three directors behind horror film 'Signal'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  4. ^ Dickson, Evan (2012-01-18). "[Sundance '12]: 'V/H/S' Filmmaker David Bruckner Talks Emerging Media, 'The Signal, And 'Enter The Void' As An Influence". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  5. ^ White, James (2015-12-03). "Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski tackling the new Friday The 13th". Empire. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  6. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 8, 2015). "The Orchard Buys Anthology Horror Movie 'Southbound' After Toronto Debut". TheWrap. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Erbland, Kate. "Toronto International Film Festival Reveals Midnight Madness and Vanguard Slate".
  8. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2016-12-02). "Film Review: 'Siren'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  9. ^ Stephen, Dalton (2017-10-15). "Film Review: 'The Ritual'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  10. ^ Hammon, Cody (2019-02-06). "Rebecca Hall to star in David Bruckner's The Night House". JoBlo.com. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  11. ^ Maxwell, Erin (2008-10-02). "Spirit Award nominees announced". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-12.

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