Monday, March 7, 2016

Born in Haddonfield, Debra Hill

(1950 - March 7 2005)

Debra Hill was born in Haddonfield New Jersey. A city name she used when she wrote the script of Halloween with John Carpenter, Haddonfield Illinois while most of the street names were taken from Carpenter’s hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky. A successful screenplay and she will work with the Horror Master several times as a producer in Fog, Escape from New York, Halloween II, Halloween III, Escape from LA after their first collaboration in Assault on precint 13.  She also worked with a young David Cronenberg on Dead Zone and Terry Gilliam on Fisher King (two great movies too)  before to switch as a television and Disney producer. She came back on the big screen once again with John Carpenter for Escape from LA and the remake of Fog before to produce Oliver's Stone tribute World trade center before to die in 2005. She had a cancer. She would be only 66...
John Carpenter: "The ground that she trailblazed in the beginning can now be followed by anyone. She was incredibly capable and talented"
with Harry Dean Stanton Escape from NY
John Carpenter: "working with Hill was "one of the greatest experiences of my life""
with John Carpenter and boyfriend Dick Smother Escape from NY
with Kurt Russel Escape from NY
with Kurt Russel Escape from NY
with Harry Dean Stanton Escape from NY  
 "I hope some day there won't be a need for Women in Film. That it will be People in Film. That it will be equal pay, equal rights and equal job opportunities for everybody." (Debra Hill)


    World Trade Center (2006) (producer)
    The Fog (2005) (producer)
    Crazy in Alabama (1999) (producer)
    Chow Bella (1998) (executive producer)
    Escape from L.A. (1996) (producer)
    Rebel Highway (1994) (TV series) (9 episodes) (producer)
    Cool and the Crazy (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Jailbreakers (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Dragstrip Girl (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Shake, Rattle and Rock! (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Girls in Prison (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Runaway Daughters (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Motorcycle Gang (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Confessions of a Sorority Girl (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Roadracers (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Reform School Girl (1994) (TV) (producer)
    Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993) (TV) (producer)
    The Fisher King (1991) (producer)
    Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special (1990) (TV) (producer)
    Gross Anatomy (1989) (producer)
    The Lottery (1989) (producer)
    Heartbreak Hotel (1988) (producer)
    Big Top Pee-wee (1988) (producer)
    Adventures in Babysitting (1987) (producer)
    Head Office (1985) (producer)
    Clue (1985) (producer)
    The Dead Zone (1983) (producer)
    Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) (producer)
    Halloween II (1981) (producer)
    Escape from New York (1981) (producer)
    The Fog (1980) (producer)
    Halloween (1978) (producer)


    Escape from L.A. (1996) (screenplay)
    Jailbreakers (1994) (TV) (screenplay)
    Confessions of a Sorority Girl (1994) (TV) (teleplay)
    Rebel Highway (1994) (TV series) (1 episode)
    Halloween II (1981) (screenplay)
    The Fog (1980) (screenplay)
    Halloween (1978) (screenplay)

Miscellaneous crew

    Tales from the Mist: Inside 'The Fog' (2002) (V) (archival material)
    Satan's Cheerleaders (1977) (script supervisor)
    Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) (script supervisor, assistant editor)
    Goodbye, Norma Jean (1976) (script supervisor)
    The Streets of San Francisco (1972) (TV series) (script supervisor) (unknown episodes)


    Dream On (1990) (TV series)    
Monsters (1988) (TV series)


    Halloween (1978)
Young Michael Myers' hands grabbing the knife out of the kitchen drawer and adult Michael Myers standing outside of Lindsey Wallace's House.
    Escape from New York (1981)
 Computer voice
    The Fog (1980)
Extra in Benediction scene

"I took a look around and realised there weren't that many women, so I had to carve a niche for myself." (Debra Hill)


Pictures by Kim Gottlieb-Walker
Great Book "On Set with John Carpenter"

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