Independent writer/director Kevin S. Tenney was born in 1955 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He hails from a military family and grew up in Hawaii, Bermuda and California. Tenney made his first 8mm movie while in the sixth grade. He attended the University of Southern California. He's the first and only USC film student to direct both a graduate film and a senior project, the latter of which won an Emmy Award for Best Student Production of the Year. Tenney's pictures are distinguished by strong acting, stylish cinematography and unusually well-drawn characters. Tenney made an excellent and impressive debut as both writer and director with the enduring horror cult hit "Witchboard." Tenney's follow-up films have been a nicely diverse and entertaining bunch: the immensely fun and over-the-top gory winner "Night of the Demons," the cruddy monster offering "The Cellar," the amusingly bad "Witchtrap," and the exciting sci-fi/action item "Peacemaker," plus the above average sequels "Wichboard 2: The Devil's Doorway" and "The Second Arrival."