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R.I.P. David R. Ellis (1952-2013)

An extremely sad bit of news today as reports are emerging that director David R. Ellis has passed away at the age of 60. Ellis got his start in Hollywood as a stunt coordinator (and stunt man), working on such films as 1978’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Scarface, Lethal Weapon and Misery. He worked as a 2nd Unit Director on Waterworld, Deep Blue Sea and the first Harry Potter movie among other films.

But where he really earned our love was as the director of such fun, unpretentious films as Final Destination 2, Snakes On A Plane, The Final Destination, Cellular and Shark Night 3D. I particularly loved how he elevated the Rube Goldberg style traps in Final Destination 2. At the time of his death he was prepping to reunite with his Snakes On A Plane star Samuel L. Jackson on the film KITE.

Ellis passed away this morning in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of death is not known at this time.



  • DesignDeath

    Oh my god.

  • DarrelDreadful

    (O_o) This is very sad and unexpected. I kept thinking, it cant be that David Ellis. Crazy. RIP.

  • This is so sad. We lost a real hero of gory, fun, horror. RIP.

  • djblack1313

    WHAT THE FUCK?!!! Ellis was just about shoot another horror movie (i can’t remember the name)!! this fucking sucks! RIP.

  • chris99x

    I literally just talked about him with somebody this morning, during a conversation about Final Destination movies. Kinda surreal that he died today :[ RIP

  • ScarymovieGoer

    Wow, talk about out of the blue… He sure had a unique and fun way of making horror, he will be missed. RIP.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Damn. Sad news, I always loed Snakes On A Plane. RIP.

  • Zombie-Killa

    Whoops, meant to say LOVED, not loed, or loled.

  • djblack1313

    i just remembered the name of the horror movie David was working on, it’s called SPRAWL.

  • While I was never a fan of his movies, he seemed like he enjoyed his job, but this is just really, really sad. 52? That’s such a tragedy. He will always be remembered by the camp-classic “Snakes on a Plane”.

  • SuperKilla

    That’s wack. Another good director gone. Always revisit Final Destination 2, sometimes 4 and 60 years of age is not old nowadays. Rest in Peace David R. Ellis.

  • Carrie-white-eats-shit

    Aw man, He Nailed FD2. BEST in the series. RIP David R. Ellis. I’ll be watching FD2 tonight in your honor. Man, this blows. ='(

  • divisionbell

    That’s really sad, but man was he a garbage director. Just one terrible film after another. RIP.

  • Poor fella, hugs to his family.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Woah, this was a shock to see. May peace go to his family. R.I.P.

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