John Strysik at the 2003 HP Lovecraft Film Festival
|Born||May 25, 1954|
Joliet, Illinois, United States
Film and television director, screenwriter, playwright, and author.
John Strysik is an American film and television director, screenwriter, and playwright.
Author Hal Erickson in his 1998 book Sid and Marty Krofft: A Critical Study of Saturday Morning Children's Television, 1969-1993. writes:
Also serving as staff directors on Monsters and its predecessor series, the George Romero produced Tales from the Darkside (1983-1988), were the Land of the Lost helmsmen John Strysik and Frank DePalma. While attending Columbia College in Chicago, Strysik became the first recipient of the William Friedkin Film Scholarship. Prior to his Tales From the Darkside tenure, he was a favorite of the fantasy film festival circuit by virtue of his independently produced adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft's The Music of Erich Zann (1980) and Franz Kafka's The [sic] Hunger Artist (1982). A specialist in what one critic has labeled "creepy noir and the crossover genre of erotic horror," Strysik's more recent endeavors in this vein have included Dark Romances (1990) and The Spirit Gallery (1995).
He has found dark inspirations in true crime stories which became the basis of his screenplay for the feature film STUCK starring Stephen Rea and Mena Suvari, directed by Stuart Gordon, and his stage play VILLAINY ~or~ H. H. Holmes' Own Story about America's first known serial killer Henry Howard Holmes which premiered at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California.
He has also written a novel titled A Hallow Heart, co-authored Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft with Andrew Migliore, and published articles and reviews in Amazing Stories.
Film, Television and Stage Work
|Year||Show / Film||Episode / Film||Writer||Director|
|1980||The Music of Erich Zann||Short Film||√||√|
|1982||A Hunger Artist||Short Film||√||√|
|1985||Tales From the Darkside||Anniversary Dinner||√|
|1986||Tales From the Darkside||A New Lease on Life||√|
|1986||Tales From the Darkside||The Last Car||√|
|1986||Tales From the Darkside||I Can't Help Saying Goodbye||√|
|1987||Tales From the Darkside||The Milkman Cometh||√|
|1988||Tales From the Darkside||Love Hungry||√||√|
|1990||Dark Romances||Last Love||√||√|
|1990||Sam and Sarah||Feature Film||√||√|
|1990||Monsters||Shave and a Haircut||√|
|1991||Land of the Lost||Something's Watching||√|
|1991||Land of the Lost||Wild Thing||√|
|1991||Land of the Lost||Flight to Freedom||√|
|1995||The Spirit Gallery||Video Feature||√||√|
|2018||Villainy (Stage Play)||√|
- Erickson, Hal (1998). Sid and Marty Krofft : a critical study of Saturday morning children's television, 1969-1993. Third Paragraph: McFarland & Company. p. 217. ISBN 978-0786430932. Search this book on
- "Shave & A Haircut Review". TALIESIN.
- "JOHN STRYSIK DIRECTOR SCREENWRITER PRODUCER". MUBI.com.
- "Something's Watching Review". Pop Apostle.
- "Wild Thing Review". Pop Apostle.
- "Flight to Freedom Review". Pop Apostle.
- "The Music of Erich Zann Review". Fright.com.
- "A Hunger Artist Review". Fright.com.
- "Dark Romances Vol. 2 Bleeding hearts! Tales guaranteed to make your blood boil!". aventrix.com.
- "Sorry, Your Body's in My Windshield". The New York Times.
- "Stuck Review". Variety.
- "Review: Villainy or HH Holmes' Own Story". Rue-Morgue.
- "Villainy or HH Holmes Own Story". All About the Stage.
- "Spooky "Villainy" at The Whitefire Theatre". Indulge Magazine.
- "MOVIE REVIEW : Opposites Attract in 'Sam and Sarah'". Los Angeles Times.
- Sienega, Cory (Summer 1991). "On the Set of John Strysik's THE SPIRIT GALLERY". Film Threat VIDEO (3): 58–61.
- "DeathBed – USA, 2002". HORRORPEDIA Horror, sci-fi and fantasy culture – the essential online guide.
- "Hallow Heart Review". Amazon.
- "BOOK REVIEW: Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H. P. Lovecraft by Andrew Migliore & John Strysik (2006 Night Shade Books)". Destroy All Authors.
- "Strysik Amazing Stories Articles". Paizo Publishing.
- "John Strysik Writers Guild of America West Member". Writers Guild of America West.
- "John Strysik Member". Dramatists Guild.
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