James Isaac - Director
(June 5, 1960 -      )

Contact Information:
Jim Isaac
c/o UTA
560 Wilshire Blvd. #500
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Biography: James Isaac cut his teeth in the film industry starting out as a special effects technician on such David Cronenberg films as Naked Lunch and The Fly. Cronenberg had been his mentor and idol, and Isaac talked about how much he learned from the veteran director. But Isaac's focus had always been directing for himself, and he got the chance to do that with The Horror Show. It didn't turn out exactly as he had hoped, however.

"'Oh boy... The Horror Show. I was brought in after a week or so of shooting. At that point, I wasn't happy with the script or the direction the film was heading, other than the cast there wasn't much I liked about the project. By the time I took over, the ship had sailed, I simply tried to put a band-aid on a broken leg.'

In answer to the question of how he got involved with Jason X:

'I actually talked to Sean a few years ago while we were developing Freddy vs. Jason. I felt it was time to do a 'Jason' movie. Freddy vs. Jason was in development hell and I thought the time was right. Sean wanted to wait and see what was going to happen with Freddy vs. Jason. I went to Canada for a year to work with David Cronenberg on eXistenZ. When I came back, I told Sean I was coming down to LA and I was going to pitch him ideas for a new 'Jason' movie and that I wanted to direct it. He said 'come on down'. Sean, Todd, Noel and myself sat in a room and bounced ideas around. At the end of the meeting we had Jason X!'" - Full interview at Diabolical Dominion

Quote: "I was thinking very broad strokes. I originally wanted to make Friday scary again. We are back in Crystal Lake, but it's winter and in the middle of a big storm. It would be either kids on a cross-country skiing trip that get lost, or they are already there but get snowed in. I thought that might be an interesting look for a Friday film. You have blood on white. I could see Jason on a frozen pond. But that wasn't a favorite idea with Todd and Noel and Sean.

Todd had picked up on this idea about space. He kind of described the trailer and what he thought was cool about it, and it did excite the room. We left there going, 'Yeah, all right, this could be cool.' But, in retrospect, that might have been the first of many moments hen I should have fought harder for the original idea I felt the strongest about." - pg. 243, Crystal Lake Memories

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Director Filmography
Skinwalkers (2007)
Jason X (2001)
The Horror Show (1989)
Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998) (2nd unit director)
Look Who's Talking Too (1990) (2nd unit director)

Special Effects Filmography
eXistenZ (1999)
Naked Lunch (1991)
DeepStar Six (1989)
House II: The Second Story (1987)
The Fly (1986)
Gremlins (1984)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

Where Is He Now?: James Isaac continues to focus on directing and special effects projects. He recently directed the movie, Skinwalkers.

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Friday the 13th Friday the 13th Part 2 Friday the 13th Part 3 Friday the 13th Part 4 Friday the 13th Part V Friday the 13th Part VI Friday the 13th Part VII Friday the 13th Part VIII Jason Goes to Hell Freddy vs. Jason Jason X