John Carl Buechler (1952–2019)

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When he ran the make-up effects department at New World Pictures, Roger Corman called him "...the best in the business..." John Carl Buechler was born in Belleville, Illinois. An actor, writer, producer, director, special effects artist, he has always been in love with filmmaking. He was the first person in history to make his way into the ... See full bio »

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Hatchet Special Effects
Curse of the Forty-Niner Special Effects
Deep Freeze Special Effects


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 2018 Bunker of Blood: Chapter 6: Zombie Lust: Night Flesh (Video) (special effects)
 2011 Monsterpiece Theatre Volume 1 (special effects coordinator) / (special effects supervisor)
 2011 Hyenas (special creature effects) / (special effects makeup)
 2006 The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (special effects makeup)
 2006 Hatchet (special effects)
 2005 The Gingerdead Man (special effects)
 2005/II Mortuary (special effects)
 2004 Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood (Video) (horror effects)
 2004 Tomb of the Werewolf (Video) (special effects: second unit - as John Buechler)
 2004 Grandpa's Place (puppets creator)
 2004 Dr. Moreau's House of Pain (Video) (creature effects) / (special effects makeup)
 2003 The Mummy's Kiss (special effects makeup)
 2003 DarkWolf (Video) (special effects)
 2002 Curse of the Forty-Niner (special creature effects)
 2002 Deep Freeze (special creature effects)
 2001 After the Storm (TV Movie) (special creature effects - as John Buechler)
 2000 Blood Surf (Video) (animatronic creature effects) / (creature designer)
 2000 Four Dogs Playing Poker (special effects)
 1998 Watchers 4 (designer and creator: Outsider, Magical Media Industries)
 1996 Carnosaur 3: Primal Species (special effects)
 1996 Tarzan: The Epic Adventures (TV Series) (special effects makeup - 1 episode)
- Tarzan and the Priestess of Opar (1996) ... (special effects makeup)
 1996 Circuit Breaker (TV Movie) (mechanical effects - as John Buechler)
 1995 Bikini Drive-In (special creature effects)
 1995 Project: Metalbeast (special effects makeup designer) / (special effects makeup supervisor)
 1995 The Fear (special effects designer)
 1994 Biohazard: The Alien Force (Video) (special effects)
 1994 Cyborg 3: The Recycler (Video) (cyborg and special effects makeup creator)
 1994 Dinosaur Island (mechanical dinosaur)
 1994 Scanner Cop (Video) (designer/supervisor: Magical Media Industries Inc.) / (special makeup and creature effects)
 1993 Necronomicon: Book of Dead (spraying cthulu creature supervisor: Magical Media Industries Inc.)
 1993 Carnosaur (designer/supervisor: Magical Media Industries Inc.) / (special makeup and creature effects)
 1993 Red Rock West (special effects makeup: Magical Media Industries - as John Buechler)
 1992 Seedpeople (effects designer)
 1992 Demonic Toys (Video) (toy design - uncredited)
 1991 Son of Darkness: To Die for II (special effects)
 1990 Ghoulies Go to College (Video) (executive supervisor: Magical Media Industries, Inc.)
 1989 Bride of Re-Animator (executive supervisor: Magical Media Industries Inc.) / (special makeup effects: Magical Media Industries Inc.)
 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (special animatronic effects - uncredited)
 1988 Spellcaster (designer/supervisor: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.) / (effects coordinator: on location, Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.) / (special creature and makeup effects) / (special effects - as John Buechler)
 1988 Trancers: City of Lost Angels (Short) (special effects)
 1988 To Die For (special makeup effects artist - as John Buechler)
 1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (special effects makeup designer - as John Buechler) / (special effects makeup supervisor - as John Buechler)
 1988 A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Master (creator: aged Alice makeups; Freddy's chests of souls; chest hole and horror pizza)
 1988 Ghost Town (designer/supervisor: M.M.I. Inc.) / (special makeup effects artist)
 1988 Friday the 13th: The New Blood (line producer: special makeup effects unit)
 1988 Demonwarp (bigfoot monster design)
 1988 Cellar Dweller (designer/supervisor: Mechanical & Makeup Imageries) / (special creature effects: Mechanical & Makeup Imageries)
 1987 Prison (special makeup effects supervisor - as John Buechler)
 1987 Ghoulies II (ghoulies designer and supervisor: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc. - as John Buechler also)
 1987 Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (special effects designer) / (special effects modeler)
 1987 The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (Garbage Pail Kids: effects) / (design supervisor: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries Inc.)
 1987 The Caller (special effects)
 1987 Dolls (special effects makeup designer and supervisor: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries)
 1986 From Beyond (special effects creatures and transformations designer and supervisor: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries - as John Buechler)
 1986 Crawlspace (designer/supervisor: MMI - as John Buechler) / (special makeup effects: MMI - as John Buechler)
 1986 TerrorVision (tv monster and special effects makeup designer and supervisor: Mechanical and Makeup Imageries, Inc.)
 1986 Eliminators (special effects makeup - as John Buechler) / (special effects makeup designer - as John Buechler) / (special effects makeup supervisor)
 1986 Troll (creator: troll creatures) / (designer/supervisor: MMI creature construction crew)
 1985 Hard Rock Zombies (special effects director: second unit) / (special effects makeup)
 1984 Ghoulies (special effects makeup and ghoulies designer)
 1984 Trancers (special effects makeup)
 1984 The Dungeonmaster (special effects makeup designer - as John Buechler)
 1983 The Prey (special makeup and effects)
 1982 Android (special effects makeup designer - as John Buechler)
 1982 Sorceress (creature designer and fabricator - as John Buechler)
 1980 Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (special prosthetic effects - as J.C. Buechler)
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Alternate Names:

J.C. Buechler | John Buechler | Doris Carloff | Ratspit | John Buechler also

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Last name pronounced "Beekler".


His films often have a scene of the monster being electrocuted.

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