HORROR ICON MINI-MARATHON: Lucky McKee
It’s rare that a male filmmaker, working in a genre known for its unenlightened views of the female experience, would build an entire resume of films that were mature and thoughtful observations of the horror genre from a woman’s perspective. In celebration of his upcoming film release “All Cheerleaders Die,” this week’s article covers the career of filmmaker Lucky McKee.
McKee’s feature directing career began, interestingly, with the 1999 high-definition video version of “All Cheerleaders Die,” which he co-directed with Chris Siverston (and with whom he is making the remake). The film that put his name on people’s minds, however, was “May,” a film that is equal parts “Frankenstein” and “Teeth.” The low-budget film got him attention that brought him more work in the industry, from acting to producing.
His next directorial work was the United Artists release “The Woods,” followed by a writing and acting turn in “Roman.” The film was a follow-up to “May,” with actress Angela Bettis this time directing him. His next job, producing on the disturbing horror film “The Lost” for friend Siverston introduced him to author Jack Ketchum.
This led to a creative connection between McKee and Ketchum, leading to two big-screen adaptations of his work: “Red” and “The Woman.”
His career has also been influenced by his friendship with “Brick” and “Looper” director Rian Johnson, with whom he worked on the 1996 short film “Evil Demon Golfball From Hell.” (Johnson also did the editing chores on McKee’s “May”)