17 Facts About Alexandre Aja


Alexandre Jouan-Arcady, known professionally as Alexandre Aja, is a French filmmaker best known for his work in the horror genre.


Alexandre Aja rose to international stardom for his 2003 horror film Haute Tension.


Alexandre Aja has directed the films The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, Horns and Crawl.


Alexandre Aja was born in Paris, France, and is the son of Jewish French Pied-Noir director Alexandre Arcady and French cinema critic Marie-Jo Jouan.


Alexandre Aja acted at a very young age in minor roles in his father's films such as Le Grand Carnaval, and the two Le Grand Pardon films.


Alexandre Aja made his directorial debut at the age of eighteen with the short film Over the Rainbow, which received a Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award nomination for best short film.


Alexandre Aja directed Haute Tension, which released in 2003 in France and in 2005 in the US, and placed Alexandre Aja on the map of the horror movie genre.

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Alexandre Aja's next project was a horror film entitled Mirrors, about a mysterious mirror that brings out the worst aspects of people whenever they look at themselves in it.


Alexandre Aja directed Piranha 3D, a horror movie about prehistoric piranhas in Arizona.


In 2004, Alexandre Aja was named by Variety on the Ten Directors to Watch list.


Alexandre Aja is a member of the so-called Splat Pack, a term coined by film historian Alan Jones in Total Film magazine for a new wave of directors making brutally violent horror films.


Alexandre Aja has been associated with the New French Extremity film movement.


Alexandre Aja produced a remake of the 1980 horror slasher Maniac, starring Elijah Wood.


Alexandre Aja produced the 2014 horror film The Pyramid directed by Gregory Levasseur and starring Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O'Hare, and James Buckley.


Alexandre Aja produced and directed the 2016 psychological thriller film The 9th Life of Louis Drax, which is based on a novel by Liz Jensen.


Alexandre Aja is set to direct a live action adaptation of the manga series Space Adventure Cobra, and the Mice and Mystics film for Dreamworks Animation.


In 2019, Alexandre Aja directed his highest grossing and best reviewed film yet, Crawl.