John R. Leonetti

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John R. Leonetti
Born John Robert Leonetti
(1956-07-04) July 4, 1956 (age 60)
California, U.S.
Other names John Leonetti
Occupation Cinematographer, film director
Years active 1981–present

John Robert Leonetti (born July 4, 1956 in California) A.S.C. is an American cinematographer[1] and film director.[2] He is most well known for his collaborative work with director James Wan, with whom he has acted as cinematographer on five films.

Leonetti began his career as a teenager working for his family's motion picture equipment business that was started by his father Frank Leonetti, known for his gaffing work on films such as The Wizard of Oz and Singin' in the Rain.[3] He is the younger brother of cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti, who was the cinematographer for John's first feature-length directorial effort, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.


Feature films[edit]

Year Title Credited as
Cinematographer Director
1991 Child's Play 3 Yes
1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux Yes
1994 The Mask Yes
1995 Mortal Kombat Yes
1996 Spy Hard Yes
1997 Mortal Kombat: Annihilation Yes
1999 Detroit Rock City Yes
2001 Joe Dirt Yes
2002 The Scorpion King Yes
2003 Honey Yes
2004 Raise Your Voice Yes
2005 The Perfect Man Yes
2006 The Woods Yes
The Butterfly Effect 2 Yes
2007 Dead Silence Yes
I Know Who Killed Me Yes
Death Sentence Yes
2010 Ca$h Yes
Piranha 3D Yes
Super Hybrid Yes
2011 Insidious Yes
Soul Surfer Yes
2013 The Conjuring Yes
Insidious: Chapter 2 Yes
2014 Annabelle Yes
2016 Wolves at the Door Yes
2017 Wish Upon Yes


  1. ^ Leydon, Joe (27 July 2007). "Variety Reviews - I Know Who Killed Me". Variety. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Grant, Edmond (August 1998). The Motion Picture Guide, 1998 Annual: The Films of 1997. CineBooks. p. 288. ISBN 978-0-933997-41-7. Retrieved 6 March 2011. The look of the film is quite spectacular, though, for a relatively low-budget martial-arts fantasy; perhaps this is because John R. Leonetti, cinematographer of the first KOMBAT, here assumed the task of director. 
  3. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (2013). John Frankenheimer: Interviews, Essays, and Profiles. Plymouth, United Kingdom: Scarecrow Press. p. 247. 

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