David Bruckner

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David Bruckner
David Bruckner.jpg
Bruckner in 2009
Born1977/1978 (age 43–44)[1]
OccupationFilm director
Known forThe Signal

David Bruckner (born c. 1977) is an American film director. With Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush, he co-wrote and co-directed The Signal (2007). He has also co-written and directed "Amateur Night" in the horror anthology V/H/S, and directed The Night House.

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 released by Netflix.[9] Bruckner's most recent film is the horror-thriller The Night House, starring Rebecca Hall. Theatrically released on August 20, 2021, the film was acclaimed by critics.[10] In 2020, it was announced that Bruckner would be helming a reboot of Hellraiser.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2008, Bruckner was nominated for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award along with Gentry and Bush for The Signal.[12]


Film Year Director Producer Writer Editor Notes
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 2015 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 Executive No No
No One Gets Out Alive 2021 No Executive No No
V/H/S/94 2021 No Executive Yes No
Hellraiser 2022 Yes No No No filming


  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. ^ Miska, Brad (2020-04-10). "David Bruckner to Open the Puzzle Box and Remake 'Hellraiser'!". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  12. ^ Maxwell, Erin (2008-10-02). "Spirit Award nominees announced". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-12.

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