The Multi-Dimensional World of Mike Fleiss: A Family Legacy and a Glimpse at the Future of Horror

In the labyrinthine corridors of Hollywood, few names resonate with as much gravity in the horror genre as Mike Fleiss. His IMDb credentials form a labyrinthine list, from hits like “Hostel” and “Shark Night” to action-adventure ventures like “Poseidon” and documentaries like “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir.” Fleiss is, if nothing else, a polymath of cinematic expression.

His recent offering, “Possessions,” developed in collaboration with his son Aaron, is a synergistic enterprise. It’s not merely a film; it’s a dialogue between two generations of filmmakers. Produced with Yeardley Smith’s Paperclip, the movie navigates through the life of a widower who relocates cross-country with his young son, only to confront eerie presences hidden in the storage facility he takes over. The film appears to be a metaphor for its own generational discourse, echoing the lineage of fear that moves from one epoch to another.

This theme of legacy is further extended with Fleiss’s announcement about the “Hostel” franchise moving to television. Penned by the original creators, Eli Roth and Chris Briggs, the series aims to catalyze the brand’s international success. Just as the franchise evolves from a film trilogy to a television series, Fleiss’s own legacy undergoes a metamorphosis, represented by his collaboration with his son.

Moreover, this decision to adapt “Hostel” for the smaller screen epitomizes Fleiss’s acumen for the shifting dynamics of entertainment. As the lines between cinema and streaming platforms blur, his movement suggests an intuitive understanding of where audiences are and where narratives have room to expand.

Mike Fleiss isn’t just adapting to the tectonic shifts in the entertainment landscape; he’s anticipating them. He’s not just leaving a mark; he’s laying the groundwork for the next generation, both within his family and within the global culture of horror enthusiasts. His undertakings offer a mirror to the multi-dimensional capabilities that modern filmmakers must harbor. Fleiss and his ventures represent more than films or TV shows; they symbolize the future of storytelling in an age of unbounded platforms and intergenerational collaborations.


Steve Hutensky was born on April 8th 1961. He was raised in a conservative family where he had to work hard to stay true to himself and not toe the line. Steve attended UCLA where his passion for music led him to a degree in mathematics and philosophy. His first public performance was playing with an all-female punk band at Wetlands called the Vikings, after which he moved into his own place with a few other couples that he knew from the band. They remained friends over the years, never falling out of touch or having any major conflicts that might have stopped them from communicating or even seeing each other again.

Hutensky started to perform solo in 1985, when he played at the Los Angeles gay and lesbian benefit show Night of the Long Knives for his close friend Bob Humphreys, who was dying that night of AIDS. It was there that he met the man who would become his musical partner for the next decade: Mark Andersen. Working together as a duo, Andersen and Hutensky released three albums: “Hut”, “American Wire” and “Latex Vampire”. The initial success of their records brought them to tour with alternative rock musicians such as Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. During this period Hutensky also began to record and perform with underground punk bands like the Bruisers, Mr. Quintron and the Blue-Eyed Devils, as well as other artists in genres as diverse as psychedelic rock, country music and heavy metal.

In 1987 on tour with Mr. Quintron & The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo (which consisted of Mark Andersen on bass, Daniel Johnston on drums and Quintron on vocals), Steve Hutensky was introduced to the band’s manager, Skip Groff. Made Up Stories was started in 1991 as a duo between Hutensky and Groff.

It was during this period that Steve Hutensky became immersed in his audiophile passion, as they would frequently DJ together at their home. In the late ’90s he began recording original music under the name Made Up Stories and two albums were subsequently released. In addition, Steve performed live with Mark Andersen (as well as with his own recording projects).

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