Ti West

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Ti West
Ti West 2013 (cropped).jpg
West in 2013
Born (1980-10-05) October 5, 1980 (age 35)
Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.
  • Director
  • writer
  • producer
  • editor
  • cinematographer
  • actor
Years active 2001–present

Ti West (born October 5, 1980) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, and occasional actor, best known for his work in horror films.[1][2] He directed the horror films The Roost (2005), The House of the Devil (2009), The Innkeepers (2011), The Sacrament (2013), and the upcoming Western In a Valley of Violence (2016). He has also acted in a number of films, mostly in those directed by either himself or Joe Swanberg.[1]

Early life[edit]

West was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He was featured in a 2001 fall issue of Teen People magazine.[3] He attended The School of Visual Arts.


West's directorial work includes the 2001 short The Wicked, and feature films The Roost (2005), Trigger Man (2007), The House of the Devil (2009),[4] The Innkeepers (2011), and The Sacrament (2013). He appeared in 2004's The Woman Who Split Before Dinner as Old Man Conrad. In 2009, West wrote, produced and directed the web series Dead & Lonely for IFC Films.[5] The first series run ended in October 2009.[6] West disowned the 2009 horror film Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, citing massive studio interference and re-editing as the reasons. He wanted the studio to remove his name completely from the film and give directing credit to Alan Smithee, but his request was denied.[7]

West in September 2009

West was set to direct The Haunting in Georgia, the sequel to The Haunting in Connecticut, but left the project in March 2010.[8] In 2012, he worked with Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid and the Radio Silence Productions hosts Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Chad Villella on the anthology horror film V/H/S. He directed the segment "Second Honeymoon".[9]

In June 2015, it was reported that West would direct an episode of MTV's Scream television series. He directed the penultimate episode of the first season, titled "The Dance".[10] He has also directed an episode of Jason Blum and Eli Roth's upcoming WE tv horror series South of Hell.[11] West has written, directed, produced and edited the upcoming Western film In a Valley of Violence (2016), produced by Blumhouse Productions and starring John Travolta, Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, and Karen Gillan.[12][13]


Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Editor Producer Cinematographer Actor Role
2001 Prey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
The Wicked Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Short film
2005 The Roost Yes Yes Yes Yes Professor Also composer
2007 Trigger Man Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2009 Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever Yes Yes Story credit
The House of the Devil Yes Yes Yes Yes Favorite Teacher
2011 The Innkeepers Yes Yes Yes Yes
You're Next Yes Tariq
Silver Bullets Yes Ben
2012 V/H/S Yes Yes Yes Yes Segment: "Second Honeymoon"
The ABCs of Death Yes Yes Segment: "M is for Miscarriage"
All the Light in the Sky Yes Director
2013 Drinking Buddies Yes Dave
The Sacrament Yes Yes Yes Yes
2015 Scream Yes Episode: "The Dance"
South of Hell Yes Episode: "Take Life Now"
2016 In a Valley of Violence Yes Yes Yes Yes In post-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2001 NYIIFVF Short Film Award for Best Director – Student Film The Wicked Won
2005 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best with Less The Roost Nominated
2009 Best of Puchon The House of the Devil Won
Gold Hugo for After Dark Competition Nominated
2011 Fan's Choice Award for Scariest Film – Toronto After Dark Film Festival The Innkeepers Won
2012 Gold Hugo for After Dark Competition The ABCs of Death (shared with Kaare Andrews, et al.) Nominated


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