Richard Stanley

Richard Stanley

Highest Rated: 100% The Moon and the Sledgehammer (1971)

Lowest Rated: 29% Dust Devil (1992)

Birthday: Nov 22, 1966

Birthplace: Fishhook, South Africa

Richard Stanley is a South African director and screenwriter of cultish horror films, but he is best known within the industry for messy production scenarios. He began his career writing, directing, and starring in two shorter films in the early-to-mid '80s before making his breakthrough in 1990, when he wrote and directed the sci-fi horror feature "Hardware." The film starred very recognizable actors Dylan McDermott and Stacey Travis and in something of a coup, the film also featured rock legends Iggy Pop and Lemmy in supporting roles. The movie did well but was also besotted with controversy when it came out that Stanley's script had been based on a story from a comic magazine (those comic writers were eventually credited as "Hardware" contributors). His 1992 horror follow-up, "Dust Devil," became mired in post-production hell, but Stanley managed to produce the film, and it, too, gained a following. But Stanley's most public fiasco occurred a few years later, when, after screen-adapting and then being offered to direct the sci-fi horror movie "The Island of Dr. Moreau," he was promptly fired a few days into production, allegedly at the request of co-star Val Kilmer; John Frankenheimer supplanted Stanley in the director's chair. The film still ended up a flop, earning a Razzie Award for worst screenplay, though the final product bore virtually no resemblance to Stanley's original. Stanley managed to soldier on, making a couple documentaries, a short, and by the early 2010s, he was back making horror features again.

Highest rated movies

Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau




86% 82% Color Out of Space Director $677.3K 2019
83% 26% Replace Screenwriter - 2017
89% 79% 78/52 Self $30.3K 2017
100% 87% Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Other World Director,
- 2013
38% 35% The Theatre Bizarre Director,
- 2011
38% 42% The Abandoned Writer $1.3M 2006
No Score Yet 67% The White Darkness Director - 2002
No Score Yet 56% The Secret Glory Director,
- 2001
29% 60% Dust Devil Director - 1992
50% 53% Hardware Director,
$5.1M 1990
100% 83% The Moon and the Sledgehammer Cinematographer - 1971


No Score Yet 92% Little House on the Prairie Wesley Cox (Guest Star) 1977