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John Mcnaughton

John Mcnaughton

Through his association with two brothers who packaged and distributed videocassettes out of Chicago, director John Mcnaughton obtained $100,000 to write, produce and direct his first feature, HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER. Although virtually unseen by moviegoers for three years, the picture finally surfaced at the 1989 Telluride Film Festival, garnered wide critical acclaim and ultimately attracted a cult following on the midnight screening circuit throughout the country.

HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER was cited as one of the year's ten best films by Time, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune and The New York Post. The film captured Best Picture and Best Director awards at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain and six Independent Spirit Award nominations.

Subsequently, McNaughton directed THE BORROWER, a science fiction comedy about alien banished to earth who must borrow human heads to stay alive. Selected for special presentation at the Boston and Toronto film festivals, the film starred Rae Dawn Chong.

Writer/actor Eric Bogosian chose McNaughton to guide his acclaimed one-man performance show Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll to the screen in 1991. Shot over five days and eight live performances at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, the film opened to critical praise.

MAD DOG AND GLORY, starring Robert De Niro, Bill Murray, Uma Thurman and David Caruso and produced by Martin Scorsese, was McNaughton's first directorial effort for a major studio. He subsequently directed Girls in Prison, an installment of Showtime's Drive-in Classics Cinema series that starred Anne Heche and Ione Skye and was written by Samuel Fuller.

McNaughton most recently directed four episodes of NBC-TV's acclaimed Homicide.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

John Mcnaughton Facts

BirthdayJanuary 13, 1950 (73)
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

Selected Filmography

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Part 1
Wild Things
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: 30th Anniversary Edition
His Visit: Day Three
Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer: 30th Anniversary
Speaking of Sex
Wild Things Collection
The Harvest
Masters Of Horror: Haeckel's Tale
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