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Adam Wingard didn’t necessarily set out to be a horror director, but his love of horror films, and his deep familiarity with the genre, pushed him in that direction. He started out with low-budget, high-intensity projects (Pop Skull, A Horrible Way To Die, You’re Next), and became part of a generation of young horror filmmakers who gradually built a reputation off gruesome shorts in anthology films like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death. In 2014, he and frequent screenwriter partner Simon Barrett made The Guest, a terrifically taut, John Carpenter-inspired thriller starring Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as a military vet infiltrating a family under false pretenses. That film was part of a multi-year plan to gradually ramp up to bigger movies and…

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