Horror film director/writer John Fasano has died, aged 52.

Fasano passed away in his sleep on Saturday night (19Jul14).

The filmmaker was best known for films like Darkness Falls and The Hunchback, which earned him a Writers Guild Award nomination in 1996.

He also penned the script for the Tv series Woke Up Dead, Tom Selleck's Tv movie Jesse Stone: Stone Cold, Universal Soldier: The Return, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Another 48 Hours, starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte.

Fasano is survived by his wife and their two children.