ROBERT KURTZMAN Director/Producer/Special Effects Creator
DGA/ SAG-AFTRA / IATSE
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For three decades Robert Kurtzman has been an icon in the world of special make-up, creature effects, and genre filmmaking. His award-winning, photo-realistic effects work can be seen in hundreds of movies including Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, franchises and television series.
As the director of such genre hits and fan favorites as Wishmaster, The Rage, and Buried Alive, and as the creator of the modern horror classic From Dusk Till Dawn, his films and amazing special effects have won him legions of fans around the globe.
Robert began his 30 year career at the age of 19 when he moved from Ohio to Hollywood and quickly began working for many of the industry’s top special effects creators. His early credits include genre classics: Predator, Evil Dead II, From Beyond, The Hidden, Phantasm II, Invaders from Mars, Night of the Creeps, and Re-Animator.
In 1988 Robert co-founded the award winning K.N.B. EFX Group Inc. (Kurtzman, Nicotero, Berger.) Over the next 15 years K.N.B. became one of the most prolific effects studios in Hollywood with hundreds of feature film and television credits including From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids 1, II, & III, Dances With Wolves, Jingle All The Way, Austin Powers: Gold-Member, Rat Race, The Cell, Unbreakable, House on Haunted Hill, Spawn, Casino, The Faculty, Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness, 13 Ghosts, City Slickers, The Green Mile, The Time Machine, The Hulk, Ghost Ship, Evolution, Bubba Ho-Tep, Wyatt Earp, John Carpenter’s Vampires and In The Mouth of Madness, Stephen King’s Misery, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report and Amistad, Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Volume 1 & 2, Wes Craven’s Scream 1, 2 , 3 and New Nightmare as well as the television series Hercules, Xena, Picket Fences, Outer Limits, ER, Chicago Hope and many more.
After years of designing ground breaking effects for many of the industry’s top directors, Robert began to develop his own film projects with his eye toward directing / producing.
Robert wrote the original story, co-produced, and designed the eye popping creature effects for the box office hit From Dusk Till Dawn, starring George Clooney and Harvey Keitel. Robert secured then unknown writer Quentin Tarantino to adapt his story of killer thieves on the run south of the border who hide out in an all night strip club run by vampires. Produced by Dimension Films and directed by Robert Rodriquez, the film became a worldwide success and spawned two sequels and TV series.
Robert made his directorial debut with the successful low budget cult, sci-fi/action film The Demolitionist, and quickly followed with the box office hit Wishmaster, which he directed for Artisan Entertainment and Executive Producer Wes Craven. Wishmasteropened as the # 1 horror film and went on to become the year’s most successful independent release. It also introduced the Djinn, as a new horror icon, and generated three sequels.
Robert directed / produced / shot The Rage a throwback to 70’s and 80’s drive-in movies. The film received rave reviews and toured film festivals around the world.
Robert also directed Dimension Extreme’s Buried Alive starring Saw’s Tobin Bell and the MGM action thriller Deadly Impactstarring Sean Patrick Flannery and Joe Pantoliano. Both films were produced by longtime collaborator David Greathouse. (For additional directing / producing credits see filmography)
Since 2003 Robert has been producing special make-up and creature effects through his Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps effects studio. Creature Corps located in central Ohio is the largest character effects studio in the U.S. outside of California. See below credits.
Over the past 30 years Robert has worked with such acclaimed directors as Stephen Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Sam Raimi, Robert Rodriquez, Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, DJ Caruso, Don Coscarelli, Tobe Hooper, Ivan Reitman, Wes Craven, M Night Shyamalan, Jay Roach, Ang Lee, Paul Schrader, Stuart Gordon, Kevin Costner, Walter Hill, and many more.