John Carl Buechler – Director & SFX Makeup artist (Hatchet, Friday The 13th VII – A New Blood) dies at 66

We are sad to report the death of legendary horror director and special effects make-up artist John Carl Buechler at age 66. John has sadly passed away after a battle with Stage IV prostate cancer and his wife recently set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical expenses .


John had his feature film directing debut working on the Horror anthology film The Dungeon Master in 1984. His next film Troll would later indirectly inspire the cult film Troll 2.

He worked with Roger Corman at New World Pictures and went on to direct Friday the 13th Part VII: A New Blood in 1988

He is considered to be responsible for giving fan-favourite actor Kane Hodder his first proper film debut as the iconic Jason Voorhees.
John went on to write and direct many more genre films up until 2006 including an entry in the Ghoulies franchise.


He worked with director Adam Green in 2006; creating the original make-up for the iconic horror villain ‘Victor Crowley‘ in the Hatchet franchise.

He also appeared in the film and it’s first sequel as the character ‘Cracker Jack’.


He had many credits as a special effects makeup artist including Reanimator 1 & 2, Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 – Dream Master, Freddy’s Dead – The Final Nightmare, Dolls, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Dolls, The Gingerbread Man & Piranha.

Fans and colleagues have offered tributes on social media.


Please help his family out with their ongoing medical bills if you can at the GoFundMe page.

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