He's the son of Anthony Perkins... y'know, of Psycho fame. I'm sure that that helps, especially when it comes to horror films like Gretel & Hansel. Many horror films have gotten the green light on the basis of less connection (ex. "From the co-assistant special effects supervisor of Alien comes...). I haven't seen any of his other films to know if he's any good or not, but I probably wouldn't pin Gretel & Hansel's failures on him. They seemed more like problems with the script to me. For example, as I pointed out in my review, all of the "scary" scenes are in Gretel's dreams, so they lack tension for that reason, and that's definitely on the lazy script for relying on them. I liked the look and the acting, so Perkins might've done a few things right and I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he might've delivered a better movie if he'd been given a better script.