Joe Lynch (director)

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Lynch in 2014

Joe Lynch (born March 23, 1976) is an American film and music video director, film producer, cinematographer, and actor.

Life and career[edit]

Lynch was born on Long Island, New York. Though he began his career as a child actor, he soon became obsessed with filmmaking itself. His first two student shorts, mAHARBA and hiBeams, were selected to screen at many film festivals.[citation needed] He was named "Filmmaker of the Year" in 1999 by the Long Island Voice.[citation needed]

Lynch has directed music videos for such groups as DVDA, Pete Yorn, Strapping Young Lad, Faith No More, 311, and Godhead.[1] He was also one of the creators of the television show Uranium for Fuse TV.[2]

His director debut in feature film was 2007's Wrong Turn 2: Dead End,[3] which starred Henry Rollins, Erica Leerhsen, and Texas Battle.[4]

Lynch is a lifelong genre film fan (especially horror) and has appeared as a featured guest at several Weekend of Horrors conventions.[5] He has also appeared in several short films, including director Adam Green's 2007 Halloween short "The Tiffany Problem" alongside Joel Moore and Corri English.[6] Lynch worked at G4 as creative director of the website, and appears as a special guest on its popular series Attack of the Show! in a horror-themed segment called "Body Count".[7]

Lynch was one of the four directors who collaborated on the comedy horror anthology Chillerama, which was released by Image Entertainment on November 29, 2011 after a successful festival and "roadshow" theatrical run.[citation needed] Lynch directed the wraparound portions set in a drive-in playing four obscure genre films. He also appeared as "Fernando Phagabeefy", director of the fourth film, Deathication.[citation needed]

His next feature-length film was released in 2012. Knights of Badassdom,[8] a "horror/adventure/comedy" film, stars Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn, Summer Glau, Danny Pudi, Jimmi Simpson and Peter Dinklage. Lynch disowned the movie after significant interference from the studio.[9]

Lynch also executive produced and was the creative showrunner for's "Epictober Film Festival", producing three horror/video game-themed short films by directors Drew Daywalt, Gregg Bishop and Sam Balcomb, which premiered in October 2011.[citation needed]

In addition to his directing career, Lynch is also the co-star on the sitcom Holliston, along with director Adam Green, which premiered on Fearnet on April 3, 2012. Lynch also served as executive producer on the show.[10][11]

Lynch's next film was the action/thriller Everly, which went into production in the summer of 2013, with Salma Hayek in the title role. The film also starred Jennifer Blanc and Togo Igawa.[12] The screenplay was written by Yale Hannon, based on a story by Lynch and Hannon. The film was produced by Crime Scene Pictures & Anonymous Content. Lynch also directed the Bear McCreary & Raya Yarbrough music video "Silent Night", released as a bonus on Everly's Blu-ray.[13]

In 2013, Lynch wrote and directed the short film Truth in Journalism based on the Marvel character Eddie Brock/Venom. This short was also partially influenced by the film Man Bites Dog. The film stars Ryan Kwanten as the titular character.[14] He also executive produced the Czech-Ukrainian horror film Ghoul, which was released in the U.S. in March 2015.[15]

In 2016, Lynch directed the action horror film Mayhem, which was produced by Circle of Confusion.[16] The film starred Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving.[17] The film had a simultaneous limited theatrical and VOD/digital HD release in the U.S. on November 10, 2017.[18]

In 2017, Lynch signed on to direct an upcoming horror film Taste based on a screenplay by No One Lives writer David Cohen. The film will be produced by Erin Eggers, Chase Hudson and Matthew Porter of Penchant Entertainment with Cohen. Production was slated to begin in Los Angeles in the summer of 2017.[19]




  • Street Fury (2005)
  • My Cousin's Keeper (2007)




  1. ^ "Joe Lynch Features 3 More Horror Titles in 'Body Count'". BloodyDisgusting.
  2. ^ "Featured Content on Myspace". Retrieved November 14, 2017.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Along with Wrong Turn 2 Director Joe Lynch". DreadCentral.
  4. ^ "Joe Lynch Talks 'Wrong Turn 3' Possibilities". BloodyDisgusting. Archived from the original on February 18, 2009. Retrieved July 17, 2009.
  5. ^ "BDTV: At the Movies with Joe Lynch and Adam Green". BloodyDisgusting.
  6. ^ "Adam Green and Joe Lynch Fright Fest UK Promos". BloodyDisgusting.
  7. ^ "Trailers & Clips - Entertainment Videos, Pics, & Articles". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sit Down With 'The Knights of Badassdom'". BloodyDisgusting.
  9. ^ "IMDB Trivia: Knights of Badassdom". IMDB.
  10. ^ "Transmissions & Confessions from a Mad World: KOB Shot of the Day #38: Picture's UP!". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  11. ^ . FearNet Greenlights First Original Series Broadcasting & Cable August 8, 2011
  12. ^ "Salma Hayek Goes Through Hell In These 'Everly' Images! - Bloody Disgusting". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  13. ^ "Salma Hayek vs the Yakuza In 'Everly' On Home Video - Bloody Disgusting". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  14. ^ "'Truth in Journalism' Short Teases Spider-Man Villain (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Joe Lynch Talks Everly's Insane Realism, Salma Hayek's Heart, and More! - Dread Central". Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  16. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 16, 2016). "'Walking Dead' Actor Steven Yeun to Star in Action Movie 'Mayhem'". Variety. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Foutch, Haleigh (November 10, 2017). "Joe Lynch on His Action Horror 'Mayhem' and Casting Steven Yeun as His John McClane". Collider. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  18. ^ Farrow, Kevan (August 8, 2017). "Joe Lynch Unleashes Mayhem in November". Scream. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  19. ^ Hipes, Patrick (June 1, 2017). "Mayhem Director Joe Lynch Orders Up Horror Pic Taste". Deadline. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  20. ^ "Producer Adi Shankar Talks TRUTH IN JOURNALISM Short, the Success of DIRTY LAUNDRY, Casting Ryan Kwanten, Shared Universes, and More". July 31, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2017.

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