|Years active 1959 – 1987|
Name Norman Warren
|Role Film director|
|Born 25 June 1942 (age 79) (1942-06-25) London, England, United Kingdom|
Occupation Film director, editor, producer
Notable work Satan's Slave (1976)Prey (1977)Terror (1978)Spaced Out (1979)Inseminoid (1981)
Style HorrorScience fictionSex comedy
Movies Inseminoid, Satan's Slave, Prey, Terror, Spaced Out
Similar People Glory Annen Clibbery, Barry Stokes, Candace Glendenning, Martin Potter, Sally Faulkner
Norman J Warren Interview FrightFest Horror Icon Premiere
Norman John Warren (born 25 June 1942 in Hammersmith, London) is an English film director best known for such 1970s Horror films as Satan's Slave (1976), Prey (1977) and Terror (1978). Warren is also known for sex comedies such as Spaced Out (also known as Outer Spaced and Outer Touch, 1979).
- Norman J Warren Interview FrightFest Horror Icon Premiere
- Birmingham News 2016 12 03 Norman J Warren 27th Festival of Fantastic Films
Along with Peter Walker, Warren's films are sometimes dubbed "New Wave" British horror, on the basis that they upped the ante in terms of explicitness, were set in modern-day 1970s Britain and centred on young protagonists of ages between 20 and 30, distinguishing them from the Hammer Films gothic period piece horror films.
Birmingham News, 2016-12-03: Norman J Warren, 27th Festival of Fantastic Films
An avid film fan from childhood, Warren entered the film industry as a runner on The Millionairess (1960) and as an assistant director (The Dock Brief, 1962) before directing the short film Fragment in 1965. Calcutta-born Bachoo Sen (1934–2002), owner of the Astral Cinema in Brewer Street, London, who had an interest in film production, saw Fragment and subsequently hired Warren to direct two feature-length sex films, Her Private Hell (1968) and Loving Feeling (1969). Both were successes, but Warren saw little of the profits.
Not wanting to be typecast as a director of sex films, Warren turned down a third directing offer from Sen (Love is a Splendid Illusion, 1970) and had to wait several years to raise the money required to make Satan's Slave (1976), the first of a series of horror films that he directed. Warren's final two films, Bloody New Year and Gunpowder (both 1987), were hampered by low budgets imposed by producer Maxine Julius.
Although Warren did not release a feature film between 1987 and 2016, he continued to work in the industry directing music videos and educational short films such as Person to Person, a BBC film designed for students of English. His horror films developed a following, culminating in the making of Evil Heritage, a 1999 documentary about his work, and the release of a DVD box set in 2004.
In 2007 Warren worked on the supplementary features for the Region 1 DVD releases of Corridors of Blood (1958), The Haunted Strangler (1958) and First Man into Space (1959). He is a regular guest at Manchester's Festival of Fantastic Films.
In 2016, Warren announced whilst being interviewed by journalist Steve Green that he was in post-production on a new feature film, a thriller set in London's Chinatown. Further announcements are likely at the first Birmingham FearFest in May 2017, at which Warren is a guest of honour.