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Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson (born March 18, 1977) is an American director, screenwriter and producer. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
  • Reception 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6
    • Main reference sites 6.1
    • Interviews and essays 6.2

Early life

Derrickson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He graduated from Biola University[1] with a B.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis on literature and philosophy, and a B.A. in Communications, with an emphasis on film, and a minor in theological studies. He earned his M.A. in film production from USC School of Cinematic Arts.


Derrickson co-wrote and directed the film The Exorcism of Emily Rose which was loosely based on a true story about Anneliese Michel. The film won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film and in 2006 was named in the Chicago Film Critics Association's list of the "Top 100 Scariest Films Ever Made." Theatrical box office gross for The Exorcism of Emily Rose was over $140 million worldwide. That same year, Derrickson wrote Land of Plenty for director Wim Wenders, an independent drama starring Michelle Williams. Derrickson next directed The Day the Earth Stood Still starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly, written by David Scarpa. The film was released in late 2008 and earned over $230 million worldwide.

In 2010, Derrickson wrote and is attached to direct both an adaptation the Danish thriller The Substitute, produced by Sam Raimi,[2] and the Lakeshore Entertainment supernatural suspense thriller The Living.[3]

In August 2011, Derrickson teamed up with producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) to write and direct Sinister, a mystery-horror film starring Ethan Hawke.[4] The $3 million picture was released in theaters by Summit Entertainment on October 12, 2012 and received generally positive critical reviews. Sinister earned over $48 million at the U.S. box office and over $87 million worldwide. Derrickson wrote but did not direct Sinister 2 (2015).

Derrickson's script Devil's Knot was directed by Atom Egoyan. The film had its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. It was released in 2014. Derrickson directed his own script, Deliver Us from Evil, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Sony Screen Gems. Eric Bana played the lead role, and the film was released wide in theaters on July 2, 2014.

In 2014 Derrickson wrote a film version of The Outer Limits with Cargill.[5][6] Other upcoming Derrickson projects include an adaptation of Stephen King's The Breathing Method with Jason Blum producing, and an adaptation of the popular video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution for CBS Films.

In 2015 Derrickson began directing a theatrical feature based on Marvel Comics' Doctor Strange property as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is scheduled for release in November 2016.


Year Film Director Producer Writer Studio Rotten Tomatoes
1995 Love in Ruins Yes Yes No N/A N/A
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut No No Yes Columbia Pictures 9%[7]
Hellraiser: Inferno Yes No Yes Dimension Films
Miramax Films
2005 The Exorcism of Emily Rose Yes No Yes Screen Gems 45%
2007 The Messengers No No Yes Columbia Pictures
Screen Gems
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Yes No No 20th Century Fox 21%
2012 Sinister Yes Yes Yes Summit Entertainment 63%
2013 Devil's Knot No Yes Yes Image Entertainment 21%
2014 Deliver Us from Evil Yes Yes Yes Screen Gems 28%
2015 Sinister 2 No Yes Yes Focus Features 13%
2016 Doctor Strange Yes No No Marvel Studios TBC


Critical, public and commercial reception to films Derrickson has directed as of May 14, 2015.

Film Rotten Tomatoes[8] Metacritic[9] CinemaScore[10] Budget Box office[11]
Hellraiser: Inferno N/A N/A N/A $2 million N/A
The Exorcism of Emily Rose 45% (155 reviews) 46 (32 reviews) N/A $19.3 million $144.2 million
The Day the Earth Stood Still 21% (192 reviews) 40 (34 reviews) N/A $80 million $233.1 million
Sinister 62% (133 reviews) 53 (30 reviews) C+ $3 million $77.7 million
Deliver Us from Evil 28% (115 reviews) 40 (32 reviews) B- $30 million $87.9 million
Doctor Strange N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


  1. ^ "Interview With Scott Derrickson". 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2014-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Sam Raimi Brings the Spooky for Families". 2009-10-02. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  3. ^ "Scott Derrickson Joins The Living". 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  4. ^ "The scary minds behind 'Insidious' and 'Emily Rose' team up for more horror". 2011-05-03. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  5. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-06-03. 
  6. ^ Kit, Borys (June 20, 2014). The Outer Limits' Movie in the Works From MGM, Scott Derrickson (Exclusive)"'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) at Rotten Tomatoes; retrieved April 6, 2013
  8. ^ "Scott Derrickson". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Scott Derrickson". Metacritic. Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ "CinemaScore". Retrieved May 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Scott Derrickson Movie Box office".  

External links

Main reference sites

Interviews and essays

  • Interview with Scott Derrickson at The Movie Crypt
  • Interview with Scott Derrickson at DecentFilms
  • Conversation with Kevin Smith Part 1 at Smoviemakers
  • Conversation with Kevin Smith Part 2 at Smoviemakers
  • Interview with Scott Derrickson at Film Z
  • Interview with Scott Derrickson at Inside Horror
  • Interview with Scott Derrickson, Jason Blum and Ethan Hawke at AMC Movies
  • On Religion, Evil, and Other Dark Things at Film School Rejects
  • A Chestertonian in Hollywood at Gilbert Magazine
  • Horror: The Perfect Christian Genre at Christianity Today
  • Scott Derrickson Explains How ‘Blow Out’ Helped Shape ‘Sinister’ at Film School Rejects

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