Robert Tinnell

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Robert Tinnell
Born (1961-04-27) April 27, 1961 (age 57)
Fairmont, West Virginia
Nationality American
Area(s) Director, producer, writer
Notable works
Horror comics
Awards Fantasporto Film Festival Best Director Award
The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award, 2004, 2005

Robert Tinnell (born April 27, 1961 [1] in Fairmont, West Virginia)[1] is a film screenwriter, director, and producer. He is also the author of several comic books and graphic novels, notably with a horror slant.


Tinnell's work as a director includes the films Kids of the Round Table (1995), Believe (2000), and Frankenstein and Me (1996), the latter of which was very popular with fans of classic horror. Tinnell has frequently acknowledged his passion for horror, particularly classic horror films.[2] Hammer Film Productions aficionados seek out Frankenstein and Me because of a sequence inspired by the 1960 Terence Fisher film Brides of Dracula, which starred Peter Cushing. Tinnell's film actually recreates a windmill set that is used in the Hammer film.[3] In the same film, Tinnell meticulously recreated a scene reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead as well as other horror classics. All of the sequences featured children in the adult roles. Burt Reynolds and Louise Fletcher starred in Frankenstein and Me, alongside a young Ryan Gosling. (Stars Elisha Cuthbert and Gosling both had early film roles for Tinnell.)

As a producer, Tinnell worked in both the music video world as well as feature films. Among his credits as producer are the MTV Award-winning Paula Abdul music video "Straight Up," directed by David Fincher, and the notorious cult film Surf Nazis Must Die (released through Troma).

Tinnell is best known in comics for a series of horror graphic novels, including The Black Forest, The Wicked West, The Living and The Dead, and Sight Unseen. His book Feast of the Seven Fishes was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album – Reprint.[4] While promoting Feast of the Seven Fishes, Tinnell was a guest on several popular radio cooking shows, including The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the Rocco Dispirito Show, and KCRW's Good Food.

Currently, Tinnell is writing The Chelation Kid, a webcomic dealing with his son's autism, and EZ Streets, in collaboration with Mark Wheatley, as well as various screenwriting and directing projects. He is the director of the web series Here There Be Monsters, filmed by students of The Factory Digital Filmmaking Program at Douglas and with make-up effects created by the students of Tom Savini's Special Makeup Effects Program at Douglas Education Center.

Personal life[edit]

Tinnell is the brother of film producer and graphic novel publisher Jeffrey Tinnell. Robert lives in West Virginia with his wife, Shannon, and two children, Isabella and Jack. Isabella is an aspiring actress.




  1. ^ a b Tinnell bio at the Internet Movie Database. Accessed March 26, 2009.
  2. ^ Kronenberg, M., Comic Book Market Place, vol. 3, No. 114 (Aug 2004), pp. 40–43.
  3. ^ McTigue & Keller, Vampirella magazine No. 4, page 40.
  4. ^ Ong Pang Kean, Benjamin. "SDCC '07: Robert Tinnell's Feast of the Seven Fishes to Become Film," Newsarama (July 26, 2007). Accessed March 26, 2009.
  5. ^ "History of Fantas through Prizes," Fantasporto website. Accessed March 25, 2009.
  6. ^ "Legends, Newcomers win 3rd Annual Rondo Awards: Harryhausen and Dunagan, Creature and Hyde named best of 2004 in record horror fan vote," Rondo Awards press release (February 19, 2005).
  7. ^ "Kong Stomps Competition in 4th Rondo Awards: Great ape takes 7 awards; Lorre bio is best book; Busam is Monster Kid of Year," Rondo Awards press release (February 19, 2006).
  8. ^ Black Forest: Behind the Scenes

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