Bryan Bertino

Bryan Bertino
Born (1977-10-17) October 17, 1977 (age 43)
Occupation Film director
Film producer

Bryan Michael Bertino (born October 17, 1977) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known as the writer/director of The Strangers (2008), as well as writing its sequel, The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018), with Ben Ketai.

Background and education

Bertino was born in Crowley, Texas. He studied cinematography at the University of Texas at Austin.[1] He then moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a gaffer, and wrote screenplays in his spare time.[2]


Bertino submitted The Strangers for a Nicholl Fellowship with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which reached the quarterfinals. However, he was able to get a meeting with Vertigo Entertainment.[3] Bertino quit his job days before the script was sold to Universal Studios.[4]

Mark Romanek wanted to direct The Strangers but demanded a $40 million budget.[5] After speaking with Andrew Rona at Rogue Pictures, Bertino was asked to direct The Strangers despite a lack of directorial experience.[6]


Year Film Director Writer Producer
2008 The Strangers Yes Yes No
2014 Mockingbird Yes Yes Yes
2015 The Blackcoat's Daughter No No Yes
2016 The Monster Yes Yes Yes
2017 Stephanie No No Yes
2017 He's Out There No No Yes
2018 The Strangers: Prey at Night No Yes No
2020 The Dark and the Wicked Yes Yes Yes

This Man

In 2010, Bertino announced he was working on the thriller or horror film This Man, which was being produced by Sam Raimi and his company Ghost House Pictures. The film is about a mysterious man's face appearing in the dreams of many individuals.[7]


The film concept is built upon the internet meme that appeared in October 2009, with the launching of the website The site claimed that the first recorded sighting of the individual was in 2006 to an anonymous mental patient and that others throughout the world have seen This Man in their dreams.[8] Shortly after the website launch, it was revealed that the website and meme were created by sociologist Andrea Natella, an advertising agency employee who specialized in hoax and viral marketing,[8] and that the face used on the website appeared to have been produced through the software program Flash Face.[9]

Production was purchased in May 2010 by Ghost House Pictures,[10] who announced that they were writing and directing a film about This Man,[11][12] with Bertino contracted as writer/director.[13] Though Bertino worked on other projects, This Man hasn't been mentioned since then.


  1. ^ "Horror Movies: Reviews, Trailers, News - Shock Till You Drop". Archived from the original on December 28, 2008. Retrieved May 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Fort Worth Star-Telegram interview accessed June 1, 2008
  3. ^ Part 2 interview Archived December 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine accessed June 1, 2008
  4. ^ "From rags to writer on the back of fear".
  5. ^ Part 1 interview Archived December 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine accessed June 1, 2008
  6. ^ "Bryan Bertino Interview, The Strangers".
  7. ^ This man is about a group of people that see a man in their dreams.The Strangers Director Turns to This Man...
  8. ^ a b "Is 'This Man' of Your Dreams Phenomenon or Fiction?". Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  9. ^ Matt Van Hoven. "Who is This Man?". Media Bistro. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2012.
  10. ^ "The Strangers Director Turns to This Man..." Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  11. ^ ""This Man" Dream Viral To Become Feature Film". Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  12. ^ "Bryan Bertino to Write and Direct THIS MAN for Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures". Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  13. ^ First Showing, Bryan Bertino Directing New Fact-based Horror Film This Man

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