GARYJ TUNNI CLIFFE
TWO HOURS IN THE DARK
WRITER | DIRECTOR | FX DESIGNER
Nine Ten Films / Delco Cut Productions
NOW IN PRE PRODUCTION
Gary J. Tunnicliffe (born 27 February 1968) is a British special effects makeup artist and writer as well as director. He has worked on makeup effects for all the Hellraiser films, from Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth to Hellraiser: Hellworld, wrote Hellraiser: Revelations, and directed and wrote Hellraiser: Judgment. His other credits in makeup are Candyman, Wishmaster, the Dracula 2000 series, the Pulse series and Feast.
Tunnicliffe began his career by doing special effects for makeup. After working together with Bob Keen on makeup effects for Anthony Hickox’s written-directed Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992) Then, he joined them to work on Hickox’s next film, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992). The special effects tech Kevin Yagher, when selected to direct Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), was approached by Tunnicliffe to help with the special effects in the film. Tunnicliffe was shocked Yagher wasn’t completing the effects himself. However, Yagher believed that Tunnicliffe’s knowledge of the previous film would prove useful. Tunnicliffe returned to Scott Derrickson’s Hellraiser: Inferno (2000) and Rick Bota’s Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002). He teamed up with Bota on the subsequent two sequels, which were released in the year 2005. In the film, Hellraiser: Deader, he also directed the second part and appeared in a cameo. In the film Hellraiser: Hellworld, Tunnicliffe did special effects makeup effects and gathered the Hellraiser souvenirs that were used for the movie. Tunnicliffe was in the movie as the character of Cenobite and briefly with no makeup at the close of the film. The film, Hellraiser: Revelations (2011) He wrote the script in collaboration with director Victor Garcia. He also directed and wrote the 10th Hellraiser sequel called Judgment.
Alongside his involvement in his work on the Hellraiser movies, the director also collaborated alongside Clive Barker on Candyman (1992) and Lord of Illusions (1995). Tunnicliffe has also collaborated together with Patrick Lussier on several films, which include his Dracula 2000 series, My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009) as well as Drive Angry (2011). Some other series include Pulse (2006) along with its sequels Mimic 2 (2001) and Mimic 3: Sentinel (2003) and Scream 4 (2011). Apart from Hellraiser: Judgment, Tunnicliffe’s film directing credits include the fairy story film Hansel and Gretel (2002) and Jack and the Beanstalk (2009). He also directed shorter films No More Souls and The Chicken Run, both of which take place in Hellraiser as well as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre universes, respectively.