Jackie Kong is a director, producer, and screenwriter known for irreverent comedy and over-the-top horror films. In 1983, she made her feature film debut as director with the low-budget drive-in horror film The Being, which starred Martin Landau and Jose Ferrer. In 1984, she followed up by directing and co-writing the breakout comedy Night Patrol, featuring Linda Blair, about a Los Angeles policeman moonlighting as a stand-up comedian. Kong received a Platinum Video award from the RIAA for Night Patrol, which became a college-party film staple. Night Patrol was a major worldwide theatrical success, setting the stage for Kong to direct the comedic cult horror film Blood Diner, released in 1987.
Kong added her comedic flair to Blood Diner, changing the traditional horror film into a gore fest with outrageous effects and comedy, ultimately pioneering a new subgenre of horror film. It is now one of the most beloved horror films of all time. The fact that Blood Diner was directed by a woman blew audience’ and critics’ minds. She followed that with another comedy, The Underachievers.
Kong’s films are always irreverent, inventive, shocking, and funny. Weirdly, she enjoyed making the horror films much more than the comedies. “Making a monster movie was actually more fun than making a comedy,” she says. “People watched the comedies and because they’re laughing, think it must have been so much fun, when in fact that was harder work than making a monster movie. There’s something about getting everyone in makeup and costumes and creating a hyper reality, that’s so much more fun. Both are tough crowds to surprise.”
Kong’s next film project is the feature comedy Lost in Vietnam (currently in development). “Isn’t it about time women are included in the mix?” she asks. “I’m scouting the Etheria directors; there’s is some great talent here.” Jackie Kong has always been a director ahead of her time; she feels now the world has finally caught up.
“Jackie Kong is a bad-ass,” says Etheria Festival Director “When we talk about inspiration, it’s not just the films, but the attitudes that we look up to. Kong’s unflinching determination to tell the stories that she wants to tell is so affirming to so many women. Combined with her having directed some of the most iconic genre films of the 1980s, this attitude makes her stand out as someone we would love to honor. She’s punk rock.”
Etheria Film Festival is proud to be honoring Jackie Kong with the Etheria Inspiration Award on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The Inspiration Award is presented to people who have inspired women to write and direct genre films & TV. Past recipients include Jane Espenson (“Once Upon a Time”), Lexi Alexander (“Punisher: Warzone”), Jennifer Lynch (“The Walking Dead”), and Mary Lambert (“Pet Sematary”).
Horror and toxic pollution comes to a small Idaho town. Ms Kong's take on a classic monster movie, as the town ignores and denies all the signs. The first feature film written and directed by Jackie Kong at the age of 23, starring Academy Award winners Martin Landau, Jose Ferrer, Dorothy Malone
Beloved CULT horror film ...
Horror fans around the world demanded a BluRay release in 2016 from Lionsgate, leading to Ms Kong on Blood Diner's Insanity Tour at theatres across the country since . Remastered from the original negative, Kong says "See it on the Big Screen the way it was meant to be eperienced".Next stop LA- Nuart theatre Feb 15, 2019 midnight
Comedic follow-up to Night Patrol originally titled Night School. A bunch of misfits go back to school to better themselves and revert back to being kids again. A movie about arrested development.
NIGHT PATROL HD BluRay
2020 Brings KONG's new original Horror Series to life....stay tuned
Pre-Order the BLURAY coming out January 14, 2020 at Best Buy, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles & Target...This HD Comedy is Jackie Kong at her most Hilarious. Listen to her direct Linda Blair & Pat Paulsen in the Outtakes at the end.
Jan 16,2020 Chapman University- Blood Diner screening and Q & A
Folino Theatre 1:30 pm
Followed by Discussion with Horror Film Class on the filmmaking process.
Kong the only FEM director in this iconic Director Series at the Nuart Theatre. She joins Lynch, Hopper, Raimi in this great line-up.
Platinum Video Award
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards Director Jackie Kong with a Platinum Video Award for NIGHT PATROL