David Bruckner
David Bruckner.jpg
Bruckner in 2009
Born1977/1978 (age 44–45)[1]
OccupationFilm director
Known forThe Night House

The Signal


David Bruckner (born c. 1977) is an American film director. With Jacob Gentry and Dan Bush, he co-wrote and co-directed The Signal (2007). He has also co-written and directed "Amateur Night" in the horror anthology V/H/S, and directed The Night House.

Early history

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] Bruckner's most recent film is the horror-thriller The Night House, starring Rebecca Hall. Theatrically released on August 20, 2021, the film was acclaimed by critics.[10] In 2020, it was announced that Bruckner would be helming a reboot of Hellraiser.[11]

Awards and nominations

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


Short films

Year Title Director Producer Writer Editor Notes
2007 Crazy in Love Yes No Yes Yes segment of The Signal
2011 Talk Show Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 Amateur Night Yes Yes Yes Yes segment of V/H/S
2015 The Accident Yes Yes Yes Yes segment of Southbound

Feature films

Year Title Director Executive
Writer Notes
2016 Siren No Yes No based on Amateur Night
2017 The Ritual Yes No No
2020 The Night House Yes Yes No
2021 No One Gets Out Alive No Yes No
V/H/S/94 No Yes Yes
2022 Hellraiser Yes No No Post-production


  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.