WALLINGFORD – A Wallingford native brought his love of horror films to the big screen and became part of the legacy Hollywood franchises.
“I grew up loving the ‘Halloween’ franchise and grew up loving the films of John Carpenter, who directed the first movie,” said Ryan Turek. “It was kind of like ‘I can’t believe we’re actually doing this. I can’t believe I’m part of this cool legacy.
Turek, 45, is director of development at Blumhouse Productions, a company that has produced films like “Paranormal Activity”, “The Purge” and “Get Out”.
Turek has spent the last few years co-producing some of the biggest horror films including the remake of “Halloween” (2018), “Happy Death Day” and most recently “Halloween Kills”.
“Halloween Kills” is a sequel to “Halloween”. The film follows the character of Michael Myers who stalks and kills people in the fictional town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night.
“Halloween Kills” brings back actors Jamie Lee Curtis and James Jude Courtney, who reprise their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Released in the United States on Oct. 15, “Halloween Kills” grossed $ 90.6 million worldwide against a budget of $ 20 million, according to IMDb.
Turek said being a part of the “Halloween” franchise is a “dream come true”. Her parents, Mark and Cindy Turek, said they couldn’t be prouder.
“He’s been doing this for a little while now,” said Mark Turek. “We always believed he would be able to do it and we never doubted him. He worked harder than anyone I could think of.
Growing up in the 1980s, the Lyman Hall graduate initially believed he would work in the comic book industry.
He spent much of his high school years at Collector’s Castle, a former comic book store on Center Street.
After high school finished, Turek went to film school in New York City where he was introduced to directing and production.
He said he realized that his strength lay in creative production to help support various visions and voices.
Since “Happy Death Day” in 2017, Turek has co-produced “Happy Death Day 2U”, “Ma” and “Freaky”. He produced “The Black Phone” with Ethan Hawke, which is slated for release in February 2022.
Over the next several years, Turek will co-produce “Halloween Ends” – the latest installment in the Halloween franchise – and three films based on “The Exorcist”.
“I embraced all of these horror icons and met so many,” Turek said. “If I can help young horror fans overcome their fears, then I think I’ve done my job.”
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