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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 5 January 1962Portland, Oregon, USA
Birth NameDavid Gerardo DeCoteau

Mini Bio (1)

A dual citizen of Canada and the USA, David DeCoteau has worked professionally in the movie business since he was 18 years old. He got his start through a generous offer from movie legend Roger Corman, who hired him in 1980 as a production assistant at New World Pictures. In 1986, DeCoteau directed and produced his first feature film for another generous film legend, Charles Band. DeCoteau has gone on to produce and direct more than fifty motion pictures over the past twenty years. His passion lies in the creation of popular genre programming made for world consumption. DeCoteau's experience in creating content in countries all over the world makes him a proven choice for exceptionally challenging movie projects. He resides in British Columbia, Canada and Hollywood, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: LM

Personal Quotes (6)

[in 2001] I directed my first film at 24 years old. I was quite young and naive, but it was something of a hit and that allowed me to make many more films.
[Talking about the acting in Galaxy of Terror (1981)] Everything in that movie is like a kabuki performance. Nothing is subtle, and everybody is so amped up.
I like all genres of movies, and horror was popular domestically. However, action was the most commercially viable worldwide, so I did Lady Avenger (1988) and Ghetto Blaster (1989), which did very, very well.
I directed more movies for [Full Moon founder Charles Band] than any other director, almost 30 movies, and I got Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991) by default, since I was in Romania and available to shoot. I was very excited about that, and it worked out very, very well. We had a video output deal with Paramount, which meant we had more money to spend, prior to DVD. You could spend $750,000 to a million on these films, but what we were concerned about was having exceptional FX since that was really popular.
[about the 1980s] You could make anything and it sold. This was the free spirit of "B" movies back then. You took risks that the majors couldn't because the budgets were low and there was this new market called home video. You literally couldn't make enough movies to fill the demand. This led to a fun and playful attitude on the set. This was my adopted family and I had a blast getting paid to make crazy movies.
I make movies for myself. I've got to like what I do and I've got to do it as well as I can. If other people like what I like, then, great. If you try and make a cult film, it won't be a cult film. If you try to make a critically acclaimed film, it won't be a critically acclaimed film. Just make the film that you like to make, and make it as well as you can.

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