Alex Aja is a French film director who rose to international stardom for his 2003 horror film Haute Tension (known as High Tension in the US). He has also directed the horror films The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, Piranha 3D and Horns. His latest film The 9th Life of Louis Drax will be released later this year. He 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. In 1999 he directed Furia, a film based on Julio Cortázar's short story Graffiti. American director Wes Craven asked Aja to come up with a concept for the remake of his 1977 film The Hills Have Eyes after seeing High Tension. Craven subsequently asked Aja to direct the movie. In 2004, Aja was named by Variety on the Ten Directors to Watch list. He 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.