- Received an 8mm camera when he was 14 and began shooting short films.
- Played bass in a pop-rock band called the Plagues, which released several 45s.
- Designed masks for Don Post Studios; created the Michael Myers mask for Halloween (1979).
- Directed the 1999 remake of House on Haunted Hill, which set a box-office record for a Halloween debut.
- Directed episodes of several TV anthology series, including Freddy's Nightmares, Tales From the Crypt and Masters of Horror.