Matt Bettinelli-Olpin

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Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Background information
Born (1978-02-19) February 19, 1978 (age 43)
California, U.S.
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • actor
  • musician
  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Songwriter
Years active1993–present
LabelsAsian Man
Associated actsLink 80
WebsiteRadio Silence

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (born February 19, 1978 in California) is an American director, writer, actor, and musician. He is a founding member of the punk band Link 80 and co-creator of the filmmaking collectives Chad, Matt & Rob and Radio Silence. He is best known for his films, including V/H/S, Southbound, Ready or Not and Scream.

Early life[edit]

Raised in Oakland, California, Bettinelli-Olpin attended Chabot Elementary, Claremont Middle School and Bishop O'Dowd High School. He attended college at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[1]



Bettinelli-Olpin formed the Bay Area punk band Link 80[2] in 1993. On the band's first two albums, 17 Reasons and Killing Katie, Bettinelli-Olpin played guitar, sang backing vocals and co-wrote the lyrics with singer Nick Traina.[2][3] After leaving Link 80, Bettinelli-Olpin worked as a music journalist and interviewed bands including Alkaline Trio, Dropkick Murphy's, Lawrence Arms, Avail, Blur, Violent Femmes, the Breeders, the Mars Volta and the Psychedelic Furs.[4][5]

In 2016, Bettinelli-Olpin played guitar in a Link 80 reunion for the Asian Man Records 20th Anniversary. On June 17 and 18, the band played two sold-out shows at the San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill. Before the shows, a video tribute to singer Nick Traina was shown.[6] On May 21, 2021, a Link 80 cover of Rancid's "Junkie Man" was released from Lavasock Records' upcoming 25th anniversary tribute to Rancid's punk rock classic ...And Out Come the Wolves featuring Bettinelli-Olpin on vocals.[7]

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin at 924 Gilman Street, 1997.


In 1999, Bettinelli-Olpin directed Alkaline Trio's first music video (Goodbye Forever) while attending the University of California, Santa Cruz and, in the early 2000s, was roommates with The Lonely Island and appeared in many of their early shorts. While working in the mailroom at New Line Cinema, he formed the filmmaking collective Chad, Matt & Rob in 2007 and Radio Silence in 2011.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Chad, Matt & Rob[edit]

Bettinelli-Olpin co-founded Chad, Matt & Rob with Chad Villella and Rob Polonsky in 2007. The group is known for their unique blend of comedy, adventure, sci-fi and horror. According to an interview in IndieWire, Bettinelli-Olpin worked in the mailroom and later as the office manager at New Line Cinema, where the group would sneak in after hours to use the offices as their sets.[15] Among their numerous short films is the viral found footage style video Roommate Alien Prank Gone Bad and five installments of their first-of-its-kind series of Interactive Adventures. Their work online has over 100,000,000 views.[16][17]

Radio Silence[edit]

After the dissolution of Chad, Matt & Rob, Bettinelli-Olpin formed Radio Silence with Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez and Chad Villella. The group co-directed the 10/31/98 segment of the feature film V/H/S.[18] The film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival[19] and was released theatrically by Magnolia Pictures in October 2012.[20][21] The following year, they made Devil's Due for 20th Century Fox and in 2015, their film Southbound premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released theatrically by the Orchard on February 5, 2016.[22][23][24][25]

In 2019, Bettinelli-Olpin co-directed the well-reviewed comedic thriller Ready or Not with Tyler Gillett for Fox Searchlight. The film stars Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, and Mark O'Brien.[26]

In March 2020, it was announced that Bettinelli-Olpin will co-direct the fifth installment of the Scream franchise, alongside Tyler Gillett, with Kevin Williamson serving as executive producer.[27] The film will be released on January 14, 2022.[28][29]

In all of his films, Bettinelli-Olpin has used music by Asian Man Records artists including Alkaline Trio, Link 80, MU330, Laura Stevenson and the Cans and The Atom Age.



Film Year Director Writer Actor Editor Producer Notes
Chad, Matt & Rob 2011 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
V/H/S 2012 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Devil's Due 2014 Yes No No No No
Southbound 2015 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ready or Not 2019 Yes No No No No
V/H/S/94 2021 No No No No Yes
Scream 2022 Yes No No No No


  1. ^ G4 Attack of the Show ("Around the Net")
  2. ^ a b "Link 80 - 17 Reasons".
  3. ^ Punk News Link 80
  4. ^ Campus Circle Alkaline Trio
  5. ^ Campus Circle Richard Butler
  6. ^ Link 80 (20 June 2016). "Nick Traina (Memorial Video)" – via YouTube.
  7. ^ "Stream Link 80's "Junkie Man" cover from upcoming Rancid 'And Out Come the Wolves' tribute LP". 2021-05-21. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  8. ^ YouTube, "Alkaline Trio Official Channel"
  9. ^ The Lonely Island Vintage Videos
  10. ^ Complex Magazine The Stories Behind "V/H/S," The Best, Most Unique Horror Anthology Movie In Years
  11. ^ "V/H/S" directors, Radio Silence, take on Found Footage Frankenstein Story Archived 2013-06-04 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Radio Silence Eyes Frankenstein Found-Footage Film". 25 April 2012.
  13. ^ Vespe, Eric (2012-1-23), "Quint thinks V/H/S, a found footage horror anthology, is the first great horror flick to screen at Sundance 2012!"
  14. ^ Jeff Weiss (May 24, 2011). "Music is one big joke to the Lonely Island". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  15. ^ Erbland, Kate (2019-08-21), "How Radio Silence Went From YouTube Celebrities to Studio Auteurs" IndieWire
  16. ^ Lawton, Christopher (2009-02-04), "Video Sites Entice Users To Stay and Play." Wall Street Journal
  17. ^ Miska, Brad (2011-12-1), "'V/H/S' Will Premiere at Sundance 2012" Bloody-Disgusting
  18. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (2011-10-13), "Wingard, West headline new Bloody Disgusting film." Los Angeles Times
  19. ^ Barnes, Brooks (2011-12-1), "Delusional Teenagers and Other Sundance Offerings." New York Times
  20. ^ Lowe, Justin (2012-1-27), "V/H/S: Sundance Film Review." The Hollywood Reporter
  21. ^ Miller, Daniel (2012-1-26), "Sundance 2012: Magnolia Pictures Acquiring Horror Flick 'V/H/S' for North of $1 Million." The Hollywood Reporter
  22. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2015-10-8) The Wrap
  23. ^ "New film from "V/H/S" standouts Radio Silence gets date". Fangoria. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  24. ^ "First Generation "V/H/S": Radio Silence". Diabolique. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
  25. ^ Erbland, Kate. "Toronto International Film Festival Reveals Midnight Madness and Vanguard Slate".
  26. ^ Miska, Brad (October 18, 2018). "Adam Brody Joins Samara Weaving In Radio Silence's 'Ready or Not'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  27. ^ Gemmill, Allie (March 12, 2020). "'Scream 5' Scores 'Ready or Not' Team Radio Silence to Direct (& Scare Us Silly)". Collider. Archived from the original on April 29, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  28. ^ Miska, Brad (August 28, 2020). "Relaunch of 'Scream' Slashing Into Theaters on January 14, 2022!". BloodyDisgusting. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  29. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 24, 2020). "New Scream Movie From Spyglass Media Will Be Released by Paramount (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2020.

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