Masters of Horror - 20 best directors

by CaligulaAzrael | created - 17 Nov 2011 | updated - 17 Nov 2011 | Public

My list of the most outstanding directors in the world of horror.

1. John Carpenter

Writer | The Fog

John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...

Nowadays we cannot call him in other way than "retired", but in his early years... Let's just write down such titles like "Halloween", "The Fog", "The Thing", "Christine" or "Escape from N.Y." And one small piece, made in present days, that proves his old grandness - "Cigarette Burns".

2. Dario Argento

Writer | Profondo rosso

Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy, the first-born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for filmmaking from his close-knit family from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other ...

Man that transformed giallo genre into art. "Profondo rosso", "Opera", "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage", "Four Flies on Grey Velvet".

3. Jörg Buttgereit

Director | Lexx

Jörg Buttgereit was born on December 20, 1963 in Berlin, West Germany. He is a director and actor, known for Lexx: The Dark Zone Stories (1996), Captain Berlin versus Hitler (2009) and Schramm (1993).

Marvellous, brilliant, underestimated. Legend of the German underground, director of cult classics "NEKRomantik" (both parts) and "Schramm".

4. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on ...

As in the case of Carpenter, today he's just a shadow of what he used to be in the past. But his best works are still amazing. "Last house on the left", "Nightmare on Elm Street", "Deadly friend", "Swamp Thing", "Scream".

5. George A. Romero

Writer | Land of the Dead

George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...

His trilogy of "the living dead" says everything. "Martin" as a bonus.

6. Tod Browning

Director | Dracula

Belonging to a well-situated family, Charles Browning fell in love at the age of 16 with a dancer of a circus. Following her began his itinerary of being clown, jockey and director of a variety theater which ended when he met D.W. Griffith and became an actor. He made his debut in Intolerance: ...

Creator of the "one-and-only" canonic version of "Dracula" and the controversial masterpiece "Freaks".

7. Ruggero Deodato

Director | Deathcember

Ruggero Deodato was born on May 7, 1939, in Potenza, Italy, and grew up outside Rome. One of his close friends at the time was Renzo Rossellini, the son of famed Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Knowing Ruggerio's love for the movies, Renzo persuaded him to work as a second unit director on ...

Because of " Cannibal Holocaust" we should be grateful to him forever. But there are also such good films like "Ultimo mondo cannibale" or "La casa sperduta nel parco".

8. Tobe Hooper

Director | The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror (2005).

Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas, to Lois Belle (Crosby) and Norman William Ray Hooper, who owned a theater in San Angelo. He spent the 1960s as a college ...

Only because of two parts of "Texas chainsaw massacre". But that's completely enough.

9. Lucio Fulci

Writer | Murderock - Uccide a passo di danza

Lucio Fulci, born in Rome in 1927, remains as controversial in death as he was in life. A gifted craftsman with a sharp tongue and a wicked sense of dark humor, Fulci achieved some measure of notoriety for his gore epics of the late 1970s and early 1980s, but respect was long in coming.

Abandoning ...

The Godfather of Gore. He had in his filmography great pictures ("Zombie 2", "New York Ripper", "The Beyond") as well as horrible ones ("Hansel e Gretel", "Il fantasma di Sodoma"). But his influence to horror cinema is invaluable.

10. Roman Polanski

Actor | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.

His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

Probably some won't agree with me abou Polanski. He's not exactly a horror films director, But "Rosemary's Baby", "Repulsion" and "The Ninth Gate" - these are one of the best horror flicks ever made.

11. Joe D'Amato

Director | Ator l'invincibile

Joe D'Amato was born Aristide Massaccesi on December 15, 1936, in Rome, Italy. At age 14 he began working for his father, a chief electrician and later the founder of the company A.C.M. By going to school in the daytime, Massaccesi worked afternoons part-time as a stagehand and stage cameraman ...

Very unbalanced, but sometimes brilliant. His best works: "Buio Omega", "Antropophagus", "Absurd" and "Porno Holocaust".

12. Takashi Miike

Director | Koroshiya 1

Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, ...

His crazy works are strange mixture of gore, depravation and weirdness in Lynch's style. "Audition", "Ichi the Killer", "Visitor Q", "Gozu".

13. Alexandre Aja

Director | Haute tension

Alexandre Aja was born on August 7, 1978 in Paris, France as Alexandre Jouan Arcady. He is a director and producer, known for High Tension (2003), The Hills Have Eyes (2006) and Piranha 3D (2010). He is married to Laïla Marrakchi.

Young hope of the genre. His filmography is still quite small, but he has on his account such exciting titles like "Haute tension", "Hills have eyes" and "Piranha 3D".

14. James Whale

Director | The Invisible Man

James Whale was an English film director, theatre director and actor. He is best remembered for his four classic horror films: Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He also directed films in other genres, including what is ...

Three titles that'll tell you everything: "Frankenstein", "Bride of Frankenstein" and "The Invisible Man".

15. Stuart Gordon

Writer | Re-Animator

Stuart Gordon started his film directing career in 1985. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, Gordon worked as a commercial artist apprentice prior to enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Unable to get into the film classes, he enrolled in an acting class and ended up ...

The tireless propagator of Lovecraft's works. "Re-animator", "From Beyond", "Pit and the Pendulum".

16. David Cronenberg

Director | The Fly

David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of Blood, was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in 1943. His father, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...

The one that reveals secrets of the flesh and mind. "Videodrome", "The Brood", "Shivers", Naked lunch", "The Fly".

17. Clive Barker

Writer | Hellraiser

Clive Barker was born on October 5, 1952 in Liverpool, England. He is a writer, known for Hellraiser (1987), Nightbreed (1990) and Candyman (1992).

Writer, but also movie director. Without his "Hellraiser" we would be deprived of one of the best horror series of all times.

18. Roger Corman

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Roger William Corman was born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan. Initially following in his father's footsteps, Corman studied engineering at Stanford University but while in school, he began to lose interest in the profession and developed a growing passion for film. Upon graduation, he worked a...

Legend. Producer and director. Man who knew how to make low-budget movies that will thrill you. "The Masque of the Red Death", "Tales of Terror", "The Raven" and many more.

19. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

He should be ashamed of "Spiderman". But only because we remember what he did in "Evil dead" trilogy and in "Darkman".

20. Steve Miner

Director | Warlock

Steve Miner has had a very popular career in making films and remains one of Hollywood's most prolific directors and has worked with a variety of stars that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Leslie Nielsen, C. Thomas Howell, Tom Arnold, Amy Steel Rick Moranis, and Bill Pullman.

Before becoming a director, ...

He brought Jason Voorhees to the world. He also made very entertaining flicks like "The Warlock", "The House" and "Lake Placid".

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