Mary Lambert (director)

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Mary Lambert
Born (1951-10-13) October 13, 1951 (age 70)
OccupationFilm director
Spouse(s)Jerome Gary
ChildrenJordan Gary
RelativesBlanche Lincoln (sister)

Mary Lambert Gary (born October 13, 1951) is an American director. She has directed music videos, television episodes and feature films, mainly in the horror genre.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Lambert was born in Helena, Arkansas, the daughter of Martha Kelly and Jordan Bennett Lambert III, a rice and cotton farmer.[2] Her younger sister is former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. Lambert graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A.

Lambert directed Chris Isaak's first music video "Dancin'" and Janet Jackson's "Nasty" and "Control" music videos. She also directed videos for Annie Lennox, Mick Jagger, The Go-Go's, Whitney Houston, Alison Krauss, Live, Mötley Crüe, Queensrÿche, Sting, Debbie Harry, Tom Tom Club and others. She directed many of Madonna's early videos including "Borderline", "Like a Virgin", "Material Girl", "La Isla Bonita", and "Like a Prayer".

In 1987, she released her first feature film, the stylish and controversial Siesta, starring Ellen Barkin and Jodie Foster. It was nominated for the IFP Spirit Award for Best First Feature, losing to Dirty Dancing. She is known to horror fans for directing the 1989 adaptation of Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary and its sequel, Pet Sematary Two.[3] More recently, Lambert directed 2005's Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and the 2011 Syfy horror film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.[4]

She directed the 1993 Digital Pictures FMV video game Double Switch.



Year Title Credited as Notes Refs.
1977 Rapid Eye Movements Director Short [5]
1984 The Go-Go's: Wild at the Greek TV documentary
1987 Siesta
1989 Bobby Brown: His Prerogative Video documentary
Pet Sematary
1991 Grand Isle
1992 Pet Sematary Two
1994 Dragstrip Girl Television film
1996 Face of Evil Television film
Love Is Strange Television film
1997 My Stepson, My Lover (a.k.a. Love, Murder and Deceit) Television film
1998 When You Believe: Music from "The Prince of Egypt" TV documentary
1999 Clubland
2000 The In Crowd
2001 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge
Strange Frequency
2004 X-Rated: The Pop Videos They Tried to Ban Herself TV documentary
2005 Urban Legends: Bloody Mary Director
The 100 Greatest Pop Videos Herself TV documentary
2006 Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': The Characters Documentary short
Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': Stephen King Territory Documentary short
Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary': Filming the Horror Documentary short
2007 14 Women Director/Producer Documentary
The Attic Director
2008 Dark Path Chronicles: Making Of Herself TV documentary
Dark Path Chronicles: Behind the Characters Herself/Director TV documentary
2009 Pretty Bloody: The Women of Horror Herself TV documentary
2011 Miss South Pacific: Beauty and the Sea Director/Co-writer Documentary short
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid Director Television film
Chiller 13: Horror's Creepiest Kids Herself TV documentary
2012 VH1 Divas 2012 Director TV special
Pearl Writer/Director/Producer Short
2014 Presumed Dead in Paradise Director
Fishing Pono: Living in Harmony with the Sea Director/Co-writer PBS
Sex & Music Herself Documentary
2017 Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary Documentary
2021 A Castle for Christmas Director Netflix film


Year Series Episode Credited as Notes
2021 The Goldbergs S8, Ep. 19 "Daddy Daughter Day 2" Director
2019 Step Up: High Water S2, Ep. 2 "Splits"
2017 Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History S1, Ep. 8 "Out, Loud & Proud" Herself Documentary series
Arrow S5, Ep. 14 "The Sin-Eater" Director
2016 Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music Season 1, Ep. 7 "Sound and Vision" Herself Documentary series
The Blacklist Ep. 24 "The Director" Director
2012 Celebrity Ghost Stories S4, Ep. 11 "Bill Bellamy/Dawn Wells/Jack Blades/Mary Lambert" Herself Documentary series
Inside Horror S2, Ep. 2 "Dead Kids Walking" Documentary series
2010 On the Road in America S2, Ep. 2 "Cowboys and Indians" Director
2008 The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 7 "Lost in the Dark Path" Director/Writer
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 6 "Searching for Solace"
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 5 "Entering the Dark Path"
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 4 "Trapped"
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 3 "Vampire Temptations"
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 2 "A Father's Warning"
The Dark Path Chronicles S1, Ep. 1 "Friday Evening: The Awakening"
2007 On the Road in America S1, Ep. 9, "Big Sur: Part 2" Assistant director
On the Road in America S1, Ep. 8 "Big Sur: Part 1"
On the Road in America S1, Ep. 1 "Mississippi Delta" Director/Writer
Trailers from Hell Herself
2006 Screamography S1, Ep. 6 "Mary Lambert"
2004 The 100 Scariest Movie Moments Part I: 100-81 Documentary mini-series
2001 Strange Frequency S1, Ep. 10 "More Than a Feeling" Director/Writer
Strange Frequency S1, Ep. 8 "Disco Inferno"
1994 Rebel Highway S1, Ep. 7 "Dragstrip Girl"
1992 Red Shoe Diaries S1, Ep. 9 "Accidents Happen" Credited as Alan Smithee
1989 Tales from the Crypt S1, Ep. 6 "Collection Completed"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Credited as
1998 "When You Believe" (alternate version) Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey Director
"Monsters" The B-52's Director
1997 "Turn My Head" Live Director
1992 "My Destiny" Lionel Richie Director
1992 "Empire" Queensrÿche Director
"Another Rainy Night (Without You)" (version 2) Queensrÿche Director
1990 "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" Mötley Crüe Director
"Without You" Mötley Crüe Director
1989 "Rock Wit'cha" Bobby Brown Director
"Jelly Roll" Blue Murder Director
"Valley of the Kings" Blue Murder Director
"Like a Prayer" Madonna Director, writer
1987 "La Isla Bonita" Madonna Director
"We'll Be Together" Sting Director
1986 "Nasty" Janet Jackson Director
"Control" Janet Jackson Director
"Feel the Heat" Jean Beauvoir Director
"Love Touch" Rod Stewart Director
1985 "Dancin'" Chris Isaak Director
"Would I Lie to You?" Eurythmics Director
"Ways to Be Wicked" Lone Justice Director
"Material Girl" Madonna Director, writer
1984 "The Glamorous Life" Sheila E. Director
"Like a Virgin" Madonna Director, writer
"Borderline" Madonna Director, producer
"Turn to You" The Go-Go's Director

Video games[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
1993 Double Switch Director


  1. ^ Trailers From Hell
  2. ^ "Arkansas Congressional Directory". Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Mary Lambert directed the film’s sequel, Pet Sematary 2, followed by Urban Legends: Bloody Mary.
  4. ^ "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid Adds a Monkee".
  5. ^ "Cartoons Considered For An Academy Award – 1977 -".

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