John Carl Buechler Wiki, Bio, Wife, Children, Cancer, Death, Cause of Death


John Carl Buechler Biography

John Carl Buechler was an American director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and special make-up effects artist who died on 18th March 2019 of Cancer at the age of 66. He was the first make-up effects director. He is popular for his special effects makeup designer on Luca Bercovici’s Ghoulies, Troll, Crawlspace, TerrorVision, Stuart Gordon’s Dolls and From Beyond, Cellar Dweller, and Renny Harlin’s Prison.

John Carl Buechler Age

John was 66 years old at the time of his death.

John Carl Buechler Wife

John was survived by his wife Lynn.

John Carl Buechler Children

John had three children

John Carl Buechler Net worth

His net worth was not public.

John Carl Buechler Career

John was an actor, writer, director, and producer who broke into the entertainment industry in the early 1980s, taking up the post of “special prosthetic effects” on Dr Heckyl and Mr Hype. He worked on a litany of genre films such as The Dungeonmaster (1984), Ghoulies (1984), Troll (1986; also directing it), The Garbage Pail Kids Movie (1987), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), and even Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).

During an interview in 2010, John revealed that he had to remove a lot of his gorier makeup effects shots on Friday the 13th after the American rating board went after him.

“The fact of the matter is horror is sort of like comedy. To sell a comedy, you tell a joke, it does the setup and people are rewarded with a punch line. In horror, there’s the setup, there’s the tease, the anticipation, and there’s the punch line. The money shot. They cut out all of my punch lines…it’s just a bunch of setups.”

John Carl Buechler Movies and TV Shows


  • Dark Star Hollow (2011)
  • The Eden Formula (2006)
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2006)
  • Saurian (2006)
  • Grandpa’s Place (2004)
  • Curse of the Forty-Niner (2002)
  • Deep Freeze (2002)
  • A Light in the Forest (2002)
  • Watchers Reborn (1998)
  • Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College (1991)
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
  • Cellar Dweller (1988)
  • Troll (1986)
  • The Dungeonmaster (1984)


  • Deep Freeze (2002)


  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2006)
  • The Eden Formula (2006)
  • Saurian (2006)
  • A Light in the Forest (2002)
  • Demonwarp (1988) (story)
  • Troll (1986) (uncredited)
  • The Dungeonmaster (1984)

John Carl Buechler Cancer

John was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in 2019. His wife set a GoFundMe page to raise money for his treatment.

“We are sad to report that John has recently been diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer and he and his family desperately need help. For months John has quietly been trying every treatment he can to turn his situation around and in the process has not only exhausted his insurance but his personal savings. There is still a glimmer of hope that a miracle will occur, and that John’s situation will get better, but regardless his wife and family are about to be hit with thousands of dollars worth of medical bills and lost wages, due to the fact they spend much of their time with John at the hospital. Every penny the family has is going to John’s care and comfort. The bottom line is we desperately need to raise money for his continued treatment. This page is set up by John’s wife as she needs all the support she can get.

He is currently focusing on the best of both conventional and alternative medicine, as well as taking daily physical therapy. He is responding to his homeopathic treatment, but it’s an expensive process – all of this is tremendously taxing both physically and monetarily.

Although it was tough making the decision to go public with his situation – it’s time for his friends, family and the horror community to come together to do everything possible to help make him more comfortable and hopefully get him on the road to recovery. John is a fighter and insists on not giving up. It is his hope to turn his situation around and get back to work. More importantly, his family is his main priority and he is fighting ferociously to get better and have the chance to spend more time with them.”

John Carl Buechler Death

John passed away on 18th March 2019 at 1:00 a.m. His death was confirmed on his GoFundMe page.

“John passed away Monday, March 18th at 1:00 am. His family is absolutely devastated as are many of his fans and friends. His wife who works for the school system has been left with thousands of dollars worth of bills and the position to care for three children. Please donate to this newly captioned memorial fund help them get through this terribly tough time.

To all of you who sent good wishes and love please know that your communication really lifted his spirits.”

John Carl Buechler Cause of Death

John died of prostate cancer.

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