He attended The School of Visual Arts.
He directed the horror films The Roost (2005), The House of the Devil (2009), The Innkeepers (2011), The Sacrament (2013), and the Western In a Valley of Violence (2016). He has also acted in a number of films, mostly in those directed by either himself or Joe Swanberg. He was featured in a 2001 fall issue of Teen People magazine.
West"s directorial work includes the 2001 short The Wicked, and feature films The Roost (2005), Trigger Manitoba (2007), The House of the Devil (2009), The Innkeepers (2011), and The Sacrament (2013).
He appeared in 2004"s The Woman Who Split Before Dinner as Old Manitoba Conrad. In 2009, West wrote, produced and directed the web series Dead & Lonely for International Finance Corporation Films.
The first series run ended in October 2009. West disowned the 2009 horror film Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, citing massive studio interference and re-editing as the reasons.
He wanted the studio to remove his name completely from the film and give directing cr to Alan Smithee, but his request was denied.
West was set to direct The Haunting in Georgia, the sequel to The Haunting in Connecticut, but left the project in March 2010. In 2012, he worked with Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid and the Radio Silence Productions hosts Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Chad Villella on the anthology horror film V/H/South. He directed the segment "Second Honeymoon". In June 2015, it was reported that West would direct an episode of Music Television"s Scream television series.
He directed the penultimate episode of the first season, titled "The Dance".
He has also directed an episode of Jason Blum and Eli Roth"s WE tv horror series South of Hell, titled "Take Life Now". West wrote, directed, produced and edited the Western film In a Valley of Violence, starring Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, and John Travolta.
lieutenant premiered at South by Southwest in March 2016.