David Bruckner

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David Bruckner
Bruckner in 2009
Born1977 or 1978 (age 46–47)
OccupationFilm director
Known forThe Signal

The Ritual

The Night House

David Bruckner (born 1977 or 1978)[1] is an American film director. With Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush, he co-wrote and co-directed the 2007 horror film The Signal. Bruckner also co-wrote and directed the "Amateur Night" segment of the 2012 horror anthology film V/H/S, as well as directed the 2017 film The Ritual and the 2020 film The Night House.

Early history[edit]

Bruckner grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. His father is a police detective and his mother an emergency room nurse.[1] He attended the University of Georgia along with A. J. Bowen and Jacob Gentry. The three would later collaborate with Dan Bush on The Signal (2007).[2]


With Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush, Bruckner co-wrote and co-directed The Signal. The filmmakers used their connections in Atlanta to compose a crew.[1] The concept came from a Surrealist game called exquisite corpse, in which multiple people collaborate in order to complete an art project.[3] When Gentry was unable to contribute to the horror anthology V/H/S (2012), he suggested Bruckner, who eventually co-wrote and directed the segment "Amateur Night".[2] Also released in 2012, his short film Talk Show addresses the torture debate in mainstream media.[4] Bruckner was set to direct a reboot of Friday the 13th for Paramount Pictures but was reported to have left in late 2015.[5] His film Southbound premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by the Orchard for release in 2016.[6][7] In 2016, he was an executive producer on Siren, which was based on his V/H/S segment "Amateur Night".[8] In 2017, he released his first solo directed feature, The Ritual, based on the horror novel by Adam Nevill. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and was released by Netflix.[9] He also directed and produced the horror-thriller The Night House, starring Rebecca Hall. Theatrically released on August 20, 2021, the film was acclaimed by critics.[10] His latest film was a reboot of Hellraiser,[11] starring Jamie Clayton as the lead Cenobite Pinhead.

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2008, Bruckner was nominated for the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award along with Gentry and Bush for The Signal.[12]


Year Title Director Producer Writer Editor Notes
2007 The Signal Yes No Yes Yes segment Crazy in Love
2011 Talk Show Yes Yes Yes Yes short film
2012 V/H/S Yes Segment Yes Yes segment Amateur Night
2015 Southbound Yes Segment Yes Yes segment The Accident
2016 Siren No Executive Yes No based on Amateur Night
2017 The Ritual Yes No No No
2020 The Night House Yes Executive No No
2021 No One Gets Out Alive No Executive No No
2021 V/H/S/94 No Executive Story No
2022 V/H/S/99 No Yes No No
2022 Hellraiser Yes No No No
2023 V/H/S/85 Yes Yes No No frame segment Total Copy


  1. ^ a b c Guerrasio, Jason (2007-01-24). "Dan Bush, David Bruckner, and Jacob Gentry, The Signal". Filmmaker. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  2. ^ a b Nicholson, Amy. "Mumblegore". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on 2014-09-01. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  3. ^ Addiego, Walter (2008-02-17). "Three directors behind horror film 'Signal'". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2014-08-12.
  4. ^ Dickson, Evan (2012-01-18). "[Sundance '12]: 'V/H/S' Filmmaker David Bruckner Talks Emerging Media, 'The Signal, And 'Enter The Void' As An Influence". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  5. ^ White, James (2015-12-03). "Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski tackling the new Friday The 13th". Empire. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  6. ^ Sneider, Jeff (October 8, 2015). "The Orchard Buys Anthology Horror Movie 'Southbound' After Toronto Debut". TheWrap. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Erbland, Kate (11 August 2015). "Toronto International Film Festival Reveals Midnight Madness and Vanguard Slate".
  8. ^ Harvey, Dennis (2016-12-02). "Film Review: 'Siren'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-07-29.
  9. ^ Stephen, Dalton (2017-10-15). "Film Review: 'The Ritual'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  10. ^ Hammon, Cody (2019-02-06). "Rebecca Hall to star in David Bruckner's The Night House". JoBlo.com. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  11. ^ Miska, Brad (2020-04-10). "David Bruckner to Open the Puzzle Box and Remake 'Hellraiser'!". Bloody Disgusting!. Retrieved 2020-09-24.
  12. ^ Maxwell, Erin (2008-10-02). "Spirit Award nominees announced". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-12.

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