Richard Matheson

Highest Rated: 94% The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Lowest Rated: 0% De Sade (2001)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Invalided out of World War II, American writer Richard Matheson majored in journalism at the University of Missouri. Unable to secure a job at a magazine or newspaper, Matheson turned to freelancing, scoring an immediate success with his first fantasy piece, 1950's Born of Man and Woman. He tried to break into movies as early as 1951, but it wasn't until Universal bought the rights to Matheson's novel The Shrinking Man that he gained access to Hollywood -- on his own terms. He agreed to sell his novel only on the condition that he adapt the screenplay: the result was the 1957 existential sci-fi classic The Incredible Shrinking Man. Matheson's specialty was unearthing horrific or fantastic situations in the most commonplace of locales; his characters often courted insanity as they vainly tried to convince those around them that "something is out there." While Matheson's best novel I Am Legend was never satisfactorily brought to the screen, the author has been otherwise well served by Hollywood. Richard Matheson's vast cinematic and television output has included his screenplays for Roger Corman's Edgar Allen Poe films of the '60s; his unbearably suspenseful Duel, directed for TV by Steven Spielberg in 1971; his adaptation of Jeff Rice's The Night Stalker, which became the highest-rated TV movie up to 1972; and his prolific scriptwork for Rod Serling's Twilight Zone, including the legendary marrow-chiller "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Life After Death Project Actor 2013
0% De Sade Screenwriter 2001
0% Loose Cannons Screenwriter 1990
10% Jaws 3 Screenwriter 1983
61% Twilight Zone: The Movie Screenwriter 1983
61% Somewhere in Time Astonished Man Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet Dead of Night Producer Screenwriter 1977
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings James Garfield 1976
91% Trilogy of Terror Screenwriter 1975
No Score Yet The Stranger Within Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet Scream of the Wolf Screenwriter 1974
No Score Yet Icy Breasts Screenwriter 1974
62% The Legend of Hell House Screenwriter 1973
60% Dracula Screenwriter 1973
86% The Night Strangler Screenwriter 1973
No Score Yet Dying Room Only Screenwriter 1973
88% Duel Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet Icy Flesh (Les Seins De Glace) Screenwriter 1972
86% The Night Stalker Screenwriter 1971
83% The House That Dripped Blood Screenwriter 1971
94% The Devil Rides Out Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet The Young Warriors Screenwriter 1967
44% Die! Die! My Darling! Screenwriter 1965
72% The Last Man on Earth Screenwriter 1964
88% The Comedy of Terrors Screenwriter 1964
92% The Raven Screenwriter 1963
71% Tales of Terror Screenwriter 1962
79% Night of the Eagle (Burn, Witch, Burn! ) Screenwriter 1962
83% Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum) Screenwriter 1961
No Score Yet Master of the World Screenwriter 1961
90% The Fall of the House of Usher Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet The Beat Generation Screenwriter 1959
91% The Incredible Shrinking Man Screenwriter 1957


80% Star Trek
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959