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John Strysik

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John Strysik
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John Strysik at the 2003 HP Lovecraft Film Festival
Born (1954-05-25) May 25, 1954 (age 67)
Joliet, Illinois, United States
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
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.[1] writes:

Also serving as staff directors on Monsters[2] and its predecessor series, the George Romero produced Tales from the Darkside (1983-1988)[3], were the Land of the Lost[4][5][6] 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)[7] and Franz Kafka's The [sic] Hunger Artist (1982)[8]. 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)[9] 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[10][11] starring Stephen Rea and Mena Suvari, directed by Stuart Gordon, and his stage play VILLAINY ~or~ H. H. Holmes' Own Story[12][13][14] about America's first known serial killer Henry Howard Holmes which premiered at Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, California.

He co-wrote and directed the feature film SAM AND SARAH[15], wrote and directed the video feature THE SPIRIT GALLERY[16], and the screenplay to the 2002 Full Moon release DEATHBED[17].

He has also written a novel titled A Hallow Heart[18], co-authored Lurker in the Lobby: A Guide to the Cinema of H.P. Lovecraft[19] with Andrew Migliore, and published articles and reviews in Amazing Stories[20].

John Strysik is a member of the Writers Guild of America West[21] and the Dramatists Guild of America[22]

Film, Television and Stage Work[edit]

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
2002 Deathbed Feature Film
2007 Stuck Feature Film
2018 Villainy (Stage Play)


  1. 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 Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. "Shave & A Haircut Review". TALIESIN.
  4. "Something's Watching Review". Pop Apostle.
  5. "Wild Thing Review". Pop Apostle.
  6. "Flight to Freedom Review". Pop Apostle.
  7. "The Music of Erich Zann Review". Fright.com.
  8. "A Hunger Artist Review". Fright.com.
  9. "Dark Romances Vol. 2 Bleeding hearts! Tales guaranteed to make your blood boil!". aventrix.com.
  10. "Sorry, Your Body's in My Windshield". The New York Times.
  11. "Stuck Review". Variety.
  12. "Review: Villainy or HH Holmes' Own Story". Rue-Morgue.
  13. "Villainy or HH Holmes Own Story". All About the Stage.
  14. "Spooky "Villainy" at The Whitefire Theatre". Indulge Magazine.
  15. "MOVIE REVIEW : Opposites Attract in 'Sam and Sarah'". Los Angeles Times.
  16. Sienega, Cory (Summer 1991). "On the Set of John Strysik's THE SPIRIT GALLERY". Film Threat VIDEO (3): 58–61.
  17. "DeathBed – USA, 2002". HORRORPEDIA Horror, sci-fi and fantasy culture – the essential online guide.
  18. "Hallow Heart Review". Amazon.
  19. "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.
  20. "Strysik Amazing Stories Articles". Paizo Publishing.
  21. "John Strysik Writers Guild of America West Member". Writers Guild of America West.
  22. "John Strysik Member". Dramatists Guild.

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