Joe Lynch (director)

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Joe Lynch
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Lynch in 2014

Joe Lynch is an American film director and music video director, film producer, cinematographer, and film actor.

Life and career[edit]

Though Lynch 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 directorial 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 4 obscure genre films. He also appeared as "Fernando Phagabeefy", director of the 4th 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 3 horror/video game-themed short films by directors Drew Daywalt, Gregg Bishop & 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 disc.[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]




  • 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 14 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Along with Wrong Turn 2 Director Joe Lynch". DreadCentral.
  4. ^ "Joe Lynch Talks 'Wrong Turn 3' Possibilities". BloodyDisgusting.
  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 14 November 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 14 November 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 14 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Salma Hayek vs the Yakuza In 'Everly' On Home Video - Bloody Disgusting". Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  14. ^ "'Truth in Journalism' Short Teases Spider-Man Villain (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Joe Lynch Talks Everly's Insane Realism, Salma Hayek's Heart, and More! - Dread Central". Retrieved 14 November 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. ^ "Producer Adi Shankar Talks TRUTH IN JOURNALISM Short, the Success of DIRTY LAUNDRY, Casting Ryan Kwanten, Shared Universes, and More". 31 July 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2017.

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