Jim O’Rear has been involved in the entertainment industry for over thirty years, beginning his career on tour as The Youngest Professional Magician and quickly transitioning into the world of film and television.
Trained in New York at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Jim has worked steadily as an actor, stuntman, and special make-up effects artist on such projects as STAR TREK IV, STEPHEN KING’S THE BOOGEYMAN, ABC's NASHVILLE, LETHAL WEAPON 3, NBC's FATAL ENCOUNTERS, THE DEAD MATTER, FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, MORTAL COMBAT: CONQUEST, and many more.
Wanting to get some of his own ideas onto the screen, Jim successfully moved into the area of screenwriting, selling a number of horror-related screenplays, including THE HOUSE OF PAIN, HAYRIDE SLAUGHTER, VAMPYRE TALES, WOLFSBAYNE, THE DEEPENING, and SCREAM FARM. Jim’s writing also includes several novels and paranormal books including Tennessee Ghosts, Mortuary Of Madness, Hollywood Paranormal Films, Traveling in Tennessee and the how-to autobiography Magic,
Monsters, And Me.
As an independent filmmaker, Jim's work as a director/producer has been seen all over the world in the international award-winning hits THE HOSPITAL, CAMP MASSACRE, THE HOSPITAL 2, and GHOSTS OF TENNESSEE, just to name a few, and has recently released NIGHTBLADE and HELL’S BELLS with his production partner Scott Tepperman under their production label Los Bastardz Productions.
Jim continues to work on several films per year, completing work on DON’T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT 2 (the sequel to the 1973 horror classic), NESSIE & ME, and GRAVEYARD STORIES. As if that isn’t enough, Jim continues to write for horror publications all over the world, consult for film and Halloween/haunt projects internationally, and is the founder of Celebrity Ghost Hunters.