Doug Jones and Hiroshi Katagiri in 'Gehenna: Where Death Lives' (2016)
Doug Jones and Hiroshi Katagiri in 'Gehenna: Where Death Lives' (2016) via IMDB

PopHorror Interviews Special FX Wizard and Indie Director, Hiroshi Katagiri

I had the immense pleasure of chatting with the world-renowned special effects artist turned indie director, Hiroshi Katagiri, this past week, and boy do we have something special lined up for you all. Having worked on several award-winning films throughout his storied career, Katagiri has created some of the most memorable and iconic makeup designs and effects in the business today. From movies like Avatar: The Way of Water (2022), Captain Marvel (2019), and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), to TV shows such as The X-files (1993), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), and Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022), he’s done it all. 

An avid lover of the horror genre, Katagiri has also worked on a number of indie horror films, including his directorial debut: 2016 horror thriller, Gehenna: Where Death Lives. Working under the tutelage of Stan Winston Studios for around three decades, he’s taken his extensive knowledge of the industry and applied it to his own filmmaking, looking to further his career as an indie director. I had the opportunity to catch up with him, ahead of the release of his second feature film endeavor, titled End of Loyalty (2023). 


Listen in as we discuss his new film and his prestigious work in special effects and makeup throughout the years. We talked about working on hit television shows, blockbuster movies, and his love of the horror genre. Tune in as Katagiri talks about what it was like working with Stan Winston, James Cameron, and Steven Spielberg, along with his creature FX work on Jurassic Park III (2001), Cabin in the Woods (2011), and one of my personal favorites, Deep Rising (1998). Trust us, this is one interview you do not want to miss!

Check out the video below…

Thank you, Hiroshi Katagiri, for taking the time to speak with us. We wish you all the best with End of Loyalty, and all of your upcoming projects!

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