Ti West

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Ti West
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West at the Venice Film Festival in 2013
Born (1980-10-05) October 5, 1980 (age 42)
Alma mater School of Visual Arts
  • Director
  • writer
  • producer
  • editor
  • cinematographer
  • actor
Years active2001–present

Timon C. West [1] (born October 5, 1980) [2] is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, and occasional actor, best known for his work in horror films. [3] [4] He directed the horror films The Roost (2005), The House of the Devil (2009), The Innkeepers (2011), The Sacrament (2013), X and its prequel Pearl (both 2022), and the Western In a Valley of Violence (2016). He has also acted in a number of films, mostly in those directed by either himself or Joe Swanberg. [3]


Early life

West was born in Wilmington, Delaware. [2] His given name Timon was the surname of his maternal grandfather. [5] [6] [1] He was featured in a 2001 fall issue of Teen People magazine. [7] West attended the School of Visual Arts. [8]


West's directorial work includes the 2001 short The Wicked, and feature films The Roost (2005), Trigger Man (2007), The House of the Devil (2009), [9] The Innkeepers (2011), and The Sacrament (2013). He appeared in 2004's The Woman Who Split Before Dinner as Old Man Conrad. In 2009, West wrote, produced and directed the web series Dead & Lonely for IFC Films. [10] The first series run ended in October 2009. [11] West disowned the 2009 horror film Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever , citing massive interference and re-editing as the reasons. He wanted to remove his name completely from the film and give directing credit to Alan Smithee, but his request was denied. [12]

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West in September 2009

West was set to direct The Haunting in Georgia, the sequel to The Haunting in Connecticut , but left the project in March 2010. [13] In 2012, he worked with Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid and the Radio Silence Productions hosts Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Chad Villella on the anthology horror film V/H/S . He directed the segment "Second Honeymoon". [14]

In June 2015, it was reported that West would direct an episode of MTV's Scream television series. He directed the penultimate episode of the first season, titled "The Dance". [15] He has also directed an episode of Jason Blum and Eli Roth's We TV horror series South of Hell , titled "Take Life Now". [16] West wrote, directed, produced and edited the Western film In a Valley of Violence , starring Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, and John Travolta. [17] It premiered at South by Southwest in March 2016. [18]

In late 2020, it was announced that A24 would produce a horror film titled X, which would be directed by West and will star Mia Goth, Scott Mescudi, Jenna Ortega, and Brittany Snow. The film was released on March 18, 2022, to critical acclaim. While X was in production, filming in New Zealand was temporarily halted due to the country's lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to West spending the time writing a screenplay to a prequel. The film, Pearl , was filmed back-to-back with X once production started up again. Pearl was released in September 2022 to critical acclaim. West later confirmed he was working on a third instalment in the series, a sequel to X titled MaXXXine.


Feature films
YearTitle Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
2005 The Roost YesYesNoYesAlso composer
2007 Trigger Man YesYesYesYesAlso cinematographer
2009 The House of the Devil YesYesNoYes
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever YesStoryNoNo
2011 The Innkeepers YesYesYesYes
2013 The Sacrament YesYesYesYes
2016 In a Valley of Violence YesYesYesYes
2022 X YesYesYesYes
Pearl YesYesYesYes
Short films
YearTitle Director Writer Producer Editor Notes
2001PreyYesYesYesYesAlso cinematographer
The WickedYesYesYesYes
2008Christmas DecayYesYesProduced for Glass Eye Pix as part of their
2008 Creepy Christmas Online Film Festival
2012Second HoneymoonYesYesYesYesSegment of V/H/S
M is for MiscarriageYesYesNoNoSegment of The ABCs of Death
2013BoxYesYesSegment of The 3:07 AM Project, a short anthology
produced to promote The Conjuring
2022The Farmer's DaughtersYesYesYesYesChronological compilation of the porn film that was shot in X.
Released as an extra on the home media releases of the film.
Web series
YearTitle Director Writer Producer
2009Dead & LonelyYesYesYes
Acting roles
2005 The Roost Professor
2009 The House of the Devil Favorite Teacher
2011 You're Next Tariq
Silver Bullets Ben
2012Marriage MaterialAlso cinematographer
All the Light in the Sky Director
2013 Drinking Buddies Dave


2015 Scream "The Dance"
South of Hell "Take Life Now"
2016 Wayward Pines "Exit Strategy" and "Bedtime Story"
2017 Outcast "The Common Good"
The Exorcist "Unclean"
2019 The Passage "You Are Not That Girl Anymore"
Chambers "Bad Inside" and "Heroic Dose"
The Resident "Belief System"
Soundtrack "Track 3: Sam and Dante" and "Track 5: Dante and Annette"
2020 Tales from the Loop "Enemies"
2021 Them "DAY 7: NIGHT" and "DAY 10"

Awards and nominations

2001NYIIFVF Short Film Award for Best Director – Student FilmThe WickedWon
2005 Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best with Less The Roost Nominated
2009 Best of Puchon The House of the Devil Won
Gold Hugo for After Dark Competition Nominated
2011 Toronto After Dark Film Festival Fan's Choice Award for Scariest Film The Innkeepers Won
SXSW Spotlight Premiere Audience Award Nominated
2012Fright Meter Award for Best DirectorNominated
Gold Hugo for After Dark Competition The ABCs of Death (shared with Kaare Andrews, et al.)Nominated
SXSW Midnight Audience Award V/H/S (shared with Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, et al.)Nominated
Sitges Film Festival Maria Award for Best Motion Picture Nominated
2013 Gold Hugo for After Dark Competition The Sacrament Nominated
Venice Horizons Award for Best Film Nominated
2014Fright Meter Award for Best EditingNominated
Gérardmer Film Festival Syfy Jury Prize Won
Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Limited Release/Direct-to-Video Film 3rd Place
2015 Fangoria Hall of Fame HimselfWon
2022 Sitges Film Festival for Best Director Pearl Won

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