Joe   Castro

Director / Producer / Special FX Artist


Director, Producer, and Special Effects Artist, Joe Castro, born in San Antonio, Texas, began his career at age 15 when he was hired to create special effects make-up for a PBS affiliate and graduated to writing and directing his own feature films, in the 80’s, when his parents invested in his career and bought him a portable VHS camera.

In 1985, Joe won the National special effects make-up contest in Monsterland magazine. In 1989, Joe moved to Los Angeles, California to continue his career in filmmaking. In 1993, Joe produced and directed his first feature film, CEREMONY, shot on 35mm Panavision. The film was an apocalyptic horror thriller. This film won a Silver Award at the Worldfest Charleston Film Festival.

In 1997, Joe produced his second Internationally distributed feature film, Legend of the Chupacabra on his parent’s ranch. In 2001, Joe produced, directed, and created the special effects for the wildly, successful cult film, TERROR TOONS. This film has already spawned four sequels.

In 1994, Lionsgate distributed Joe’s 7th feature titled, THE JACKHAMMER MASSACRE.

In 2011, Joe released his multi-award winning filmTHE SUMMER OF MASSACRE, which won him the Guinness Book Of World Record for “Highest body count in a Slasher film,” which is 155 kills. Altogether, Joe has won over 46 awards in producing, directing, and creating special effects. Since teaming with his partner, Steven Escobar, Castro has Produced, Written & Directed 17 feature films.



You have seen some of Joe’s work in films like:

Terror Toons 4 (Creature Effects Designer and Creator) / (Creepy Characters Designed & Created by) / (special effects coordinator) (post-production)
 Terror Toons 5 (Creature Effects Designer and Creator) / (Creepy Characters Designed & Created by) / (special effects coordinator) (post-production)
 Nation’s Fire (special effects coordinator) / (special effects makeup) (post-production)
 The Dawnseeker (Creature Suit Design and Gore)
 Personal Demons (Short) (special effects makeup)
 Heliconius erato (Short) (special effects makeup)
 Iron Sky: The Coming Race (special effects)
 Bonehill Road (special effects makeup)
 Vexed (special effects makeup)
Terror Toons 3 (creature effects designer and creator) / (creepy characters designed & created by) / (special effects) / (special effects coordinator)
The Summer of Massacre (special effects coordinator) / (special effects makeup)
Carnies (Video) (special makeup and creature effects)
L.A. Zombie (special effects)
ROT: Reunion of Terror (special effects makeup)
Terror Toons 2  (gore effects) / (special effects coordinator) / (special effects director) / (special effects makeup)
Driller (special effects coordinator)
The Wailer (Video) (special effects coordinator) / (special effects makeup)
Vampz (Video) (special effects makeup)
Near Death (special effects) / (special effects coordinator)
Jackhammer (special effects coordinator)
Blood Sisters (Video) (special effects) / (special effects coordinator)
Evil Unleashed (Video) (special effects coordinator)
Maniacal (Video) (special effects coordinator) / (special makeup effects)
Hunting for Herschell (special effects)
The Hazing (Video) (special effects coordinator) / (special makeup effects)
Gorilla Warfare: Battle of the Apes (Video) (Special Effects Masks) / (special effects)
Bleed (Video) (special effects coordinator) / (special effects supervisor) / (special makeup effects)
Terror Toons (Video) (gore effects) / (special effects coordinator)
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (key special effects makeup) / (special effects coordinator)
Hell’s Highway (Video) (special effects coordinator)
Demon’s Kiss (Video) (special effects coordinator)
The Zombie Chronicles (Video) (special effects)
Demonicus (special effects coordinator)
Legend of the Chupacabra (Video) (special effects coordinator)
Attack of the Bat Monsters (creature effects) / (special effects coordinator)
Night of the Demons III (Video) (special effects technician)
Uncle Sam (Video) (special makeup effects crew: Sota Effects)
Ceremony (special effects coordinator) / (special effects makeup & prosthetics)
Teenage Exorcist (special effects – as Joey Castro)


Shaun Blayer – Agent