FANT2FUN: FRED DEKKER

FRED DEKKER - "FANTASY STAR" AWARD

Fred Dekker was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he began making 8mm films at the age of 12. After graduating from UCLA, he started his career with the screen story for the popular horror-comedy House (1986) which spawned three sequels. He wrote and directed his first feature, Night of the Creeps (1986), and followed it with his affectionate tribute to the Universal monster movies he loved as a kid - The Monster Squad (1987; co-written with Shane Black).

In 1991, he wrote the original screenplay for the thriller Ricochet, starring Denzel Washington, and the action- comedy If Looks Could Kill with Richard Grieco.

Fred wrote or directed several episodes of HBO’s Tales from The Crypt (1989-1996), and also directed RoboCop 3 (1993), co-written with comic book legend Frank Miller. He was a Consulting Producer on the television series Star Trek: Enterprise in 2001, and co-wrote last year’s The Predator (2018), directed by Shane Black.  Fred’s work has been honoured by the Count Dracula Society, the Saturn Awards, the Rondo Awards, and the Brussels International Film Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. In 2016, he was the first recipient of the Bruce Campbell Film Festival’s “Groovy as Hell” award, which takes the form of an engraved, bloody chainsaw.


Night Of The Creeps
Monster Squad