“Without a doubt, independent filmmaker Eric Stanze is one of the more seasoned and exciting storytellers working today.”
“Eric Stanze has been one of the indie horror scene’s most prominent and influential filmmakers for at least 20 years.”
“Eric Stanze is a filmmaker who has created an astonishing output of jolting, original flicks which provide an intellectual and artistic shock. His films stand out for their audacity and imagination.”
- Film Threat Magazine
“Director Eric Stanze is to be congratulated on raising the bar for horror avant-garde filmmaking.”
- New York Daily News
“This is a filmmaker who can really tell a story. Stanze’s innate skill as a moviemaker drives us constantly forward, facing each moment of dark foreboding and chilling fear with solid sparks of suspense.”
Eric Stanze is a director, writer, and producer whose films have been released throughout North America and Europe, as well as in Australia and Asia. He also routinely works as an editor, 2nd unit director, and voice-over talent. Stanze also has acting, special effects, sound design, and camera/electric/grip credits to his name. Stanze’s work spans independent feature films, music videos, documentaries, short films, and more.
His first-ever job on a professional shoot came at the age of 16; he was an unpaid cue-card boy on a PSA about the dangers of drunk driving. He continued interning on local commercials and music videos from age 16 through 18. Stanze began working professionally in television, video production, and feature films in 1990 when he was only 18 years old.
Stanze also worked as a floor manager and projectionist at a movie theater from age 16 through 18 – and other than this first job, he has never been employed outside of the film / video / television industry.
Eric Stanze directed 2nd Unit on the feature film WE ARE WHAT WE ARE for director Jim Mickle. The film stars Michael Parks (KILL BILL 1&2, GRINDHOUSE, RED STATE), Bill Sage (HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE), Kassie Wesley (EVIL DEAD 2), Ambyr Childers (THE MASTER), and Kelly McGillis (TOP GUN, WITNESS). The film is a 2013 Official Selection of the Sundance Film Festival.
Stanze directed, shot, edited, and co-wrote the feature film RATLINE, which won Best Feature in the Crime Film category at the 2011 Pollygrind Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. The movie was released to remarkable critical acclaim, and it landed on several year-end “Best Films Of 2011″ lists. PopMatters.com ranked RATLINE #1 on its year-end “Top 10 ‘Outsider Films’ of 2011″ list.
Stanze directed 2nd Unit on the feature film STAKE LAND for director Jim Mickle and producer Larry Fessenden. STAKE LAND stars Nick Damici (IN THE CUT), Connor Paolo (television’s GOSSIP GIRL), and Kelly McGillis (TOP GUN, WITNESS). The film won the People’s Choice Award for the Midnight Madness category at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, then went on to gather glowing critical praise. STAKE LAND made numerous year-end “Best Films Of 2011″ lists.
Stanze directed, wrote, shot, and edited the feature film DEADWOOD PARK, which won Best Feature and Best Cinematography when it premiered at the 2007 Freak Show Film Fest in Orlando, Florida. DEADWOOD PARK received glowing reviews on the web and in print around the world. Both Rue Morgue Magazine and Fangoria Magazine, the two biggest genre film publications in North America reviewed the film and gave it high recommendations.
Stanze directed, shot, and edited the controversial and critically-acclaimed SCRAPBOOK, which was named Best Independent Film Of The Year by Rue Morgue Magazine in 2001. SCRAPBOOK screened as part of the 2007 Fright Night Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, where it won Best Feature Film.
Stanze directed, wrote, and edited ICE FROM THE SUN, which won Best Horror / Experimental Feature at the 2003 New York International Independent Film And Video Festival.
AND HE’S A PROFESSIONAL WRITER TOO
Eric Stanze writes for FEARnet.com, one of the biggest horror film websites in the world. In addition to his articles, he contributes a weekly blog called “Surviving Cinema” which is a permanent fixture on the site.
Stanze occasionally writes for other film websites as well, and has contributed to books about independent filmmaking.