John A. Russo (born 1939), sometimes credited as Jack Russo or John Russo, is an American screenwriter and film director most commonly associated with the 1968 horror classic Night of the Living Dead. As a screenwriter, his credits include Night of the Living Dead, The Majorettes, Midnight, and Santa Claws the latter two he also directed. He has also performed small roles as an actor, most notably the first zombie who is stabbed in the head in Night of the Living Dead as well as cameos in There's Always Vanilla and House of Frankenstein 1997.


As screenwriter and director

  • Saloonatics (2002)
  • Santa Claws (1996) (as John Russo)
    • aka 'Tis the Season
  • Scream Queens' Naked Christmas (1996)
    • aka Naked Christmas (USA)
  • Heartstopper (1993)
    • aka Dark Craving (USA: video title)
  • Midnight 2 (1993)
  • Midnight (1982) (also novel)
    • aka Backwoods Massacre
  • The Booby Hatch (1976) (screenplay) (story)
    • aka Dirty Book Store
    • aka The Liberation of Cherry Janowski

As screenwriter only

As director only

  • Scream Queens Swimsuit Sensations (1992) (V) (as John Russo)

As an actor

As producer

Documentary appearances

  • UnConventional (2004) .... Himself
  • The Dead Walk: Remaking a Classic (1999) (V) .... Himself
Note: this is a "making-of" special featured on the DVD edition of the 1990 remake of Night of the Living Dead.
  • A-Z of Horror (1997) (mini) TV Series .... Himself
    • aka Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror (UK: complete title)
  • Night of the Living Dead: 25th Anniversary Documentary (1993) (V) .... Himself
Note: this is a 25th Anniversary special featured on a video release of the original Night of the Living Dead film.
  • Horror F/X (1989) (V) .... Himself
Note: Russo interviews frequent collaborator and fellow Pittsburgh horror movie maker, Tom Savini, in this low-budget shot-on-video documentary.
  • Drive-In Madness! (1987) .... Himself
    • aka Screen Scaries (USA: video title)



With Avatar Press he is writing a number of comic books:[1]

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