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Richard Matheson

Highest Rated:   94% The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Lowest Rated:   0% De Sade (2001)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Life After Death Project
  • Actor
2013
0% De Sade
  • Screenwriter
2001
0% Loose Cannons
  • Screenwriter
1990
11% Jaws 3
  • Screenwriter
1983
65% Twilight Zone: The Movie
  • Screenwriter
1983
59% 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
90% 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
56% 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
78% 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
71% 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
75% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
78% Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Screenwriter
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Screenwriter
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959

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