Welcome to the world of The Director. Get a behind-the-scenes look at The Director's latest work and take a look inside his dark mind through his "on the set" interview. Is it time for an Oscar nomination or just a room in an asylum?"
The Director, also known by his real name Paulo Ravinski, was the main event icon at Halloween Horror Nights 13.
He would later appear as a co-icon with other returning charactersThe Caretaker, Jack the Clown, and The Storyteller for Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16, and (a different version) was the first icon for Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood at Halloween Horror Nights 2006. Yet another version was used at Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios Singapore when it started in October 2011.
The Director also has 3 other names: Paolo Ravinski (his original name for 2003, before 2006 changed it to Paulo), Pavel Pranevsky (for Hollywood's revival event), and Billy Skorrski (for Singapore's first event). This made the Director and Jack the only icons to have appeared in some form at all three Universal Studios parks that have featured icons.
- 1 Backstory
- 2 Appearances
- 3 The Director's Poem
- 4 Design
- 5 Appearances at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando
- 6 Appearance at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood
- 7 Notable Quotes
- 8 Pictures
- 9 Theme for The Director
- 10 Videos
- 11 Trivia
All versions prior to actual story
Paulo/Pavel/Billy was born in Eastern Europe. Aspiring to be a filmmaker, he initially started out as a snuff film director, capturing actual human suffering, torture, and death on his movie camera. His first project was a controversial feature known as The Widow's Eye. The film shocked so many of his country population that Paulo/Pavel/Billy was forced out, which is when he came to America. Law enforcement agencies and film critics call his work snuff cinema. The Director prefers his work to be referred to as "art". Some people found tamer examples of his work, such as The Blood Letting and Death Procession.
Halloween Horror Nights Orlando Storyline
Paolo was hired by Universal Orlando to film his newest horror film at their Islands of Adventure park. Here, he turned each area of the park into a living horror movie as part of his dream project. The Director himself would appear in All Nite Die-In at the event. He also hosted his own torture show, where he would subject victims from the audience to horrors on stage, and film their reactions.
The Director would return three years later (renamed to Paulo instead of Paolo), with the other icons, for Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16 with his own house All Nite Die-In: Take 2. He also took part in the ensemble show featuring each of the four icons performing a kill in their signature styles, where he electrocuted his victim in a bathtub.
For a time in 2010, The Director was bound by magic to the Sumerian Demon known as "Fear", and dubbed the representation of "Sacrifice" due to his willingness to sacrifice anything and everything in the name of film.
In 2012, The Director was revealed to be a member of the Legions of Horror; a Strengoit along with Lady Luck.
In 2015, Bloody Mary and Jack broke him and his fellow icons for Halloween Horror Nights 25th anniversary.
In 2021, The Director would appear alongside his fellow icons and have his own section within Fear's Lantern in the HHN Icons: Captured haunted house.
Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Storyline
Pavel Pranevsky was hired by Universal Studios Hollywood to create the ultimate horror movie. Before they allowed production to begin, Universal requested that Pavel submit a short film detailing his project to preview it for executives. However, when Universal viewed the graphic short film which contained real torture and death, they claimed Pavel’s sick vision was too graphic for movie audiences. They then had the project cancelled for good, and banned Paulo from ever stepping foot into Universal Studios again. But Pavel did, in fact, take up residence in an abandoned backlot set at the park, vowing to get revenge on Universal. Aware that Pavel was hiding on the backlot, Universal still allowed their annual Halloween event to run in 2006, but warned visitors that Pavel was incredibly dangerous.
The Director appeared at the event in Terror Tram: The Director's Cut, where he would take over the backlot tram tour and subject the riders to horrifying, deadly situations within the various movie sets they toured.
The Director Web Series
In 2004, a series of fan-produced short films began appearing on youtube featuring The Director character. The videos portrayed him as a combination of the Halloween Horror Nights Orlando and Hollywood versions.
The Director's videos had him hiding out on the backlot of Universal Studios, having been hired by Producer Bob Ferguson to make horror films for Universal Studios, but then subsequently fired by his would-be-mentor amidst rumors of snuff film activities. Paulo was barred from the studio, and his persona was stolen for use in their Halloween Horror Nights event. The Director sought revenge by killing actors, security personnel, and eventually Bob Ferguson himself on the backlot, filming all the killings. He escaped capture and vanished soon after killing Ferguson.
Paulo would return several years later, making new videos, ranting about the sub-par state of Hollywood, and the horror genre, especially his disdain for remakes of classic horror films, even re-cutting a few of his old kills together as a protest to the remake trend. His final two videos featured Paulo hunting down a blogger who wrote about her suicidal tendencies, and after knocking her unconscious and tying her up, he convinced her to allow him to take her life on camera.
Since then, rumors of this version of Paulo showing up at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights events have circulated, along with rumors of vanishing park guests during the event. Images of him attending the event and filming the horror have been found online, but no new videos have surfaced yet.
The series found a small cult following among the die-hard fans of Halloween Horror Nights Orlando, among the numbers of the HHNVault and Horror Nights Nightmares fan boards.
Dean Karr directed the commercials for 2003, which had him electrocute a man in a bathtub and force fish hooks into a Jester's cheek to make him smile against his own will. There were also some recordings which interspersed the two with clips of the Director talking about his vision. He appeared pretty much in all of the print campaign posters, and like the previous icon, he also appeared in a newspaper interview where he had the idea to break Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez up.
2006 featured him in pretty much all of the marketing alongside his fellow icons. That was also the year where he was the icon for 2006’s event in the Hollywood park. He was the first of the 6 icons in Hollywood’s history (the successors being Jack, both Freddys, Billy, and Ghostface). The marketing used promotional marketing from 2003 alongside some shots of the 2002 campaign. As a nod to 2003 and a reference to their own event opening on Friday the 13th, a little 13 logo was situated in the event Logo as an Easter egg.
Singapore had him in the print campaign for 2011 and a new commercial.
At the Event
2003 first showed him on a television screen in the Port of Evil scarezone which had unused shots from the Dean Karr commercials. He technically had his own house that year, but it mostly featured Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, and Michael Myers, although he did appear on the projectors screen in the facade. He also hosted Infestation which was a Fear Factor type show. In 2004 he has a segment in the Horror Nights Nightmares house.
During Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16, he introduced the Opening Scaremonies with the other icons on the Arrival stage. In that show he repeated his bathtub kill from the 2003 commercial. He also appeared in segments for the Sweet 16: The Director's Cut show and once again held an icon house that year, this time mostly featuring villains from Scream, The Ring, Hellraiser, and Silence of the Lambs.
2006 in Hollywood only had him appear in the park at the end of Terror Tram: The Director’s Cut, where he killed a person just before the Tram entered the Mummy’s Tomb.
2010 had him appear in the Main Gate’s video (which was a slightly edited version of the Warehouse eXXperience video). He also appeared in the Fear Revealed scarezone, where his set displayed the bathtub reels interspersed with shots of the new Director actor (the one in the commercials- not this- was Gianni Garofalo).
He only appeared in a photo op at Singapore’s 2011 event.
He once again repeated his bathtub kill in ICONS: HHN for 2015, and appeared in the HHN Icons: Captured haunted house in 2021.
The Director's Poem
Is a man foreign born
But his work as a filmmaker
Left most viewers torn
Some were disgusted,
Others just sickened
He soon was cast out,
And here the plot thickened
He came to America
Where all dreams come true
But his dreams
Were all nightmares
Starring people like you
Camera in hand, he crafts
The worst of all scenes
And records the action
To a soundtrack of screams
All of it real because the
Actors know not,
That the Director's "Art"
Is pure evil rot
He wears a suit similar to that of The Caretaker, but without the top hat. He has pale-blue to pure-white eyes.
Appearances at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando
- Infestation (2003)
- Port of Evil (2003)
- All Nite Die-In (2003)
- Horror Nights Nightmares (2004)
- Rat Run (2005) (Unconfirmed)
- The Arrival (2006)
- Horror Comes Home (2006)
- All Nite Die-In: Take 2 (2006)
- Horror Nights: The Hallow'd Past (2010)
- Fear Revealed (2010)
- ICONS: HHN (2015)
- HHN Icons: Captured (2021)
- 30 Years 30 Fears (Picture) (2021)
Appearance at Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood
- Pain is temporary, but film is forever.
- They say that film is art. FILM IS NOT JUST ART! Film is power. Film is magic. But most of all, film is a weapon. - In the queue video for All Nite Die-In: Take 2.
- You'll never sleep again. - Taunting a park guest during Infestation.
- Welcome to Halloween Horror Nights... THIRTEEN! - During the opening night "scaremony" of Halloween Horror Nights 13.
- Nothing compares to real blood on film. It's the only way to really capture the emotion and fear of reality, in what the victim is feeling. It tells the story truthfully. This motivation is the key. My actors only get one take. It's a short take. - On an interview-like commercial for Halloween Horror Nights 13.
- I don't need any money. All I need is you. You and your cooperation.
- You oughtta be in pictures... Hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm.
- Well you might say that FEAR has given me budget for my latest film, aptly entitled "FEAR", and we are beginning a casting call beginning tonight throughout the month of October. Why don't you come on down? It's the ultimate dare to face YOUR fear! - news interview for Halloween Horror Nights: Twenty Years of Fear
- Who came up with reality TV? There's nothing real about it. It's all staged. It's all fake. Designed to appeal to a person's darker side. People say they want to watch real horror, real suffering, and they want to be terrified. But when you give it to them, they don't have the stomach for it. While I'll show them my reality. This October, Universal Studios Hollywood will get a taste of reality they won't soon forget. - advertisement for Halloween Horror Nights 2006 (Hollywood)
- "Film is a weapon!" - HHN Icons: Captured
- "AND CUT!" - HHN Icons: Captured
Theme for The Director
- In 2012, it's revealed that The Director is a member of the Legions of Horror; a member of the The Strengoit Legion, most likely because of his hunger for “real blood”
- As noted by TvTropes; His character appears to be strongly inspired by Mark Lewis from Peeping Tom, who just like The Director is a serial killer obsessed with the art of film. This could make the Director the unofficial counterpart (coincidence or direct inspiration) to Mark Lewis.
- The Director was played by Gianni Garofalo in the print media and Dean Karr/2006 Hollywood ads.
- Gianni's interview with the Scarezone podcast revealed that Hollywood had a difficult time with the marketing with the Director and eventually Gianni had to do some viral marketing himself.
|Halloween Horror Nights 13|
|Characters: The Director (Event Icon) • Incubus • Succubus • The Sentinel • The Fire King • The Ice Queen • The Caretaker • The Inmates of Shadybrook Asylum|
|Haunted Houses: All Nite Die-In • Funhouse of Fear • Jungle of Doom • Psycho Scareapy • Screamhouse: Revisited • Ship of Screams|
|Scarezones: Boo-Ville • Hide & Shrieeek! • Immortal Island • Night Prey • Port of Evil • Toxic City|
|Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure • Infestation|
|Halloween Horror Nights XIV|
|Characters: The Asylum Patient (Event Icon) • Eddie Schmidt • Jack the Clown • The Caretaker • The Director • Gunter Karl Dietze • Jeffrey Dietze • Robert L. Strickland|
|Haunted Houses: Castle Vampyr • Deadtropolis • Disorientorium • Ghost Town • Horror Nights Nightmares • Hellgate Prison • Horror in Wax|
|Scarezones: Field of Screams • Fright Yard • Midway of the Bizarre • Point of Evil|
|Shows: Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure • Festival of the Dead Parade|
|Halloween Horror Nights: Sweet 16|
|Characters: Jack the Clown • The Caretaker • The Director • The Storyteller (Event Icons) • The Projectionist • The Inmates of Shadybrook Asylum • Eddie Schmidt • Cindy Caine • Norman Bates|
|Haunted Houses: All Nite Die-In: Take 2 • Dungeon of Terror: Retold • People Under the Stairs: Under Construction • PsychoScareapy: Maximum Madness • Psycho Path: The Return of Norman Bates • Run: Hostile Territory • Screamhouse: The Resurrection|
|Scarezones: Blood Masquerade • Deadtropolis: Zombie Siege • Harvest of the Souls|
|Unofficial Scarezone: Horror Comes Home|
|Shows: The Arrival • Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure • Robosaurus • Sweet 16: The Director's Cut|
|Halloween Horror Nights 2006|
|Characters: The Director (Event Icon)|
|Haunted Mazes: The Asylum • Universal's House of Horrors|
|Terror Tram: Terror Tram: The Director’s Cut|
|Scarezones: The Black Death • Dawn of the Dead • Deadwood • Old London • Studio Center|
|Shows: Carnival of Carnage • Chucky's Insult Emporium • Fear Factor Live: Dead Celebrity Edition • The Mutaytor • SlaughterWorld|
|Halloween Horror Nights I|
|Character: The Director (Event Icon)|
|Haunted Houses: Vengeance of the Matriarch • Pestilence|
|Scarezones: Carn-EVIL • Post-Apocalyptic Rage • The Void • The Edge of Darkness|
|Show: 44 Sins|