meet the editor


Steven Jay Schneider was born January 25th 1974 in New York City. He attended Hunter High School there, and later received a PhD candidate in Philosophy from Harvard plus M.A. degrees in Philosophy from the University of London and in Cinema Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Schneider is the author/editor of numerous books on film, including 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, Fear Without Frontiers: Horror Cinema Across The Globe, Horror International, Horror Film and Psychoanalysis: Freud’s Worst nightmares, 100 Euro-Horror Films, Traditions in World Cinema, Underground USA: Filmmaking Beyond The Hollywood Canon, New Hollywood Violence, Dark Thoughts: Philosophical Reflections on Cinematic Horror, and The Horror Film. Other titles are Eurohorror, The Cinema of Wes Craven: An Auteur on Elm Street, Designing Fear: An Aesthetics of Cinematic Horror, Killing in Style: Artistic Murder in the Movies, Understanding Film Genres, 501 Movie Stars and 501 Movie Directors, 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die, and 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die.

Schneider is also a consultant for film, television, and home video/DVD production companies, and a curator for world horror film programs. As a producer he has quickly risen the ranks of Hollywood to become one of the go-to experts in genre films. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in producing. Following the record-breaking success of 2009’s Paranormal Activity, a film he helped bring to the screen, Schneider quickly amassed a slate of impressive films and television series with A-list filmmakers at the helm, including James Wan’s Insidious (2011), Barry Levinson’s The Bay (2011), William Brent Bell’s The Devil Inside (2011), Oren Peli’s Area 51 (2012), Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem (2012), and ABC/DreamWorks Television series The River. He is actively developing projects for such studios as Warner and Paramount.

List of film and tv productions
Split (executive producer) [post-production] 2017
The Woods (producer) 2016
The Worthy (producer) [post-production] 2016
Delirium (producer) 2016
The Tank (producer) 2016
Mara (producer) [pre-production]
The Unspoken (executive producer) 2015
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (executive producer) 2015
The Visit (executive producer) 2015
Estranged (executive producer) 2015
Visions (executive producer) 2015
Shut In (producer) 2015
Insidious: Chapter 3 (executive producer) 2015
Area 51 (executive producer/producer) 2015
Exeter (executive producer) 2015
Lady of Csejte (producer) 2015
The Houses October Built (producer) 2014
Haunt (uncredited producer) 2014
Cooties (producer) 2014
Acid Girls (producer) 2014
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (executive producer) 2014
Wer (producer) 2013
sxtape (producer) 2013
Insidious: Chapter 2 (executive producer) 2013
Pawn Shop Chronicles (producer) 2013
Paranormal Activity 4 (executive producer) 2012
The Bay (producer) 2012
The Lords of Salem (producer) 2012
The River (TV Series) (executive producer 8 episodes) 2012
– Row, Row, Row Your Boat (2012) (executive producer) 2012
– The Experiment (2012) (executive producer) 2012
– Doctor Emmet Cole (2012) (executive producer) 2012
– Peaches (2012) (executive producer) 2012
– A Better Man (2012) (executive producer) 2012
The Tall Man (executive producer) 2012
The Devil Inside (executive producer) 2012
Paranormal Activity 3 (producer) 2011
The FP (executive producer) 2011
Fase 7 (executive producer) 2011
Paranormal Activity 2 (executive producer) 2010
Insidious (producer) 2010
Paranormal Activity (executive producer) 2007

Already in 2004, Schneider appeared in the tv mini-series documentary The 100 Scariest Movie Moments. In 2007 he was given a special thanks in White Noise 2: The Light.


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