Favorite Horror Directors

by KevsHardLemonade | created - 05 Apr 2018 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

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 ...

Halloween, The Thing, Christine, Prince of Darkness, The Fog, In the Mouth of Madness, They Live, Vampires, Escape From New York, Big Trouble in Little China

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 ...

Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebre, Inferno, Opera, Phenomena, The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Trauma

3. 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 ...

Nightmare on Elm Street, Last House on the left, Scream, Hills Have Eyes, The People Under the Stairs, Shocker, Deadly Blessing, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Deadly Friend, New Nightmare

4. 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...

Videodrome, The Fly, Shivers, Spider, The Brood, Scanners, Dead Ringers, Rabid, The Dead Zone, Naked Lunch

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...

Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Season of the Witch, Creepshow, Martin, The Crazies, The Dark Half

6. Mario Bava

Cinematographer | Ecologia del delitto

Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film ...

Black Sunday, Blood and Black Lace, Black Sabbath, Baron Blood, Bay of Blood, Kill, Baby... Kill!, The Whip and the Body

7. 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, ...

Audition, Ichi the Killer, Imprint, One Missed Call, Gozu, Lesson of the Evil, Visitor Q, Three Extremes segment, As the Gods Will

8. 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 ...

Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell

9. 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 ...

Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, Salem's Lot, Eaten Alive, Lifeforce, The Funhouse, Spontaneous Combustion, Toolbox Murders (2004)

10. 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 ...

Re-animator, From Beyond, Dolls, King of the Ants, Castle Freak, The Pit and the Pendulum (1991), Dagon

11. 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 ...

Zombi, New York Ripper, The Beyond, City of the Living Dead, House By The Cemetery, Don't Torture a Duckling, Woman in a Lizard's Skin

12. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...

Dead Alive aka Braindead, Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles

13. Don Coscarelli

Writer | Bubba Ho-Tep

In much the same way that director George A. Romero creative output has been primarily centered around the highly successful "Dead" series of zombie films, then fellow fantasy director Don Coscarelli has for over two decades seen his universe swirling around the lesser successful, but equally cult,...

Phantasm, Phantasm II, Phantasm III, Phantasm IV, Phantasm V, Bubba HoTep, John Dies at the End

14. Clive Barker

Writer | Hellraiser

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

Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Candyman, Midnight Meat Train, Lord of Illusions

15. Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Actor | Tetsuo

Shin'ya Tsukamoto was born on January 1, 1960 in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor and director, known for Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989), Ichi the Killer (2001) and Vital (2004).

Tesuo: The Iron Man, Tetsuo II, Tokyo Fist, Haze, Nightmare Detective, Gemini

16. Hideo Nakata

Director | Honogurai mizu no soko kara

Hideo Nakata was born on July 19, 1961 in Okayama, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Dark Water (2002), Ringu (1998) and Ringu 2 (1999).

Ringu, Ringu 2, Dark Water

Dracula, Freaks

18. Brian Yuzna

Producer | Beyond Re-Animator

Brian Yuzna was born on August 30, 1949. He is a writer and producer, known for Beyond Re-Animator (2003), The Dentist (1996) and Faust (2000). He is married to Cathy Yuzna. They have four children.

The Dentist, Bride of Re-animator, Beyond Re-animator, Faust, Society, Return of the Living Dead 3

19. Joe Dante

Director | Innerspace

Joe Dante is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art. After a stint as a film reviewer, he began his filmmaking apprenticeship in 1974 as trailer editor for Roger Corman's New World Pictures. He made his directorial debut in 1976 with Hollywood Boulevard (1976) (co-directed with Allan Arkush)...

Gremlins, The Howling, Paranha

20. Herman Yau

Director | Chai dan zhuan jia

Herman Yau was born in 1961 in Guangzhou, China. He is a director and cinematographer, known for Shock Wave (2017), Astonishing (2004) and Tung moon (2009).

The Untold Story, Ebola Syndrome, The Sleep Curse

21. Tom Holland

Writer | Fright Night

Tom Holland is an American director and screenwriter of horror and thriller films. His early writing projects include Class of 1984 (1982) and the Robert Bloch- inspired Psycho II (1983), the latter starring Anthony Perkins as the menacing psychopath, Norman Bates.

Tom gained more notoriety, however...

Fright Night, Child's Play, Thinner

22. Ti West

Director | The Innkeepers

Ti West Most Notable For Directing Horror Films Is An Actor,Writer,Producer,Editor And Very Genuine Director As Well.Ti Broke Out After Directing Various Features Until 2009 Happened Upon Him With Which He Directed 2 Feature Films 2009's The House Of The Devil & Also Cabin Fever 2 Spring Fever.Ti ...

House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, The Sacrament

23. James Wan

Producer | The Conjuring 2

James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...

Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring, Dead Silence, Insidious Chapter 2, The Conjuring 2

24. Ruggero Deodato

Director | Cannibal Holocaust

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 ...

Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park, Jungle Holocaust

25. Umberto Lenzi

Director | Superseven chiama Cairo

Born in Massa Marittima, Italy on August 6, 1931, Umberto Lenzi was a movie enthusiast since his early grade school years. During those years, he founded various film fan clubs while studying law. Lenzi started out as a journalist for various local newspapers and magazines. Lenzi put off his law ...

Cannibal Ferox, Eaten Alive!, Blood Rage, Ghost House

26. Adam Wingard

Director | You're Next

At 19 Adam got his start in feature film making early with his directorial debut Home Sick, a slasher horror film starring Bill Moseley and Tom Toweles. However it was his second effort at 24 years old with the film Pop Skull that garnered him a talent to watch. Made for a budget of around 2000 ...

You're Next, Blair Witch, The Guest

27. Alexandre Aja

Director | Haute tension

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

High Tension, Hills Have Eyes remake

28. Rob Zombie

Director | The Devil's Rejects

Robert Bartleh Cummings, more famously known as Rob Zombie, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He is the oldest son of Louise and Robert Cummings, and has a younger brother, Michael David (aka Spider One; b. 1968), who is the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Growing up, Zombie ...

House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Lords of Salem

29. Eli Roth

Producer | Cabin Fever

Eli Raphael Roth was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Cora (Bialis), a painter, and Sheldon H. Roth, a psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, and clinical professor. His family is Jewish (from Austria, Hungary, Russia, and Poland). He began shooting Super 8 films at the age of eight, after watching Ridley ...

Hostel, Cabin Fever, Green Inferno

30. Adam Green

Writer | Frozen

Adam Green is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and actor known for his success within the horror genre with films like the "Hatchet" franchise, "Frozen," and "Digging Up The Marrow." He is also the creator, writer, director, star, and show runner of the television comedy series "...

Hatchet movies, Frozen, Chillerama segment

31. Joe D'Amato

Director | La morte ha sorriso all'assassino

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 ...

Antropophagus, Beyond the Darkness, Emanuelle's Revenge, Death Smiles on a Murderer, Porno Holocaust

32. Herschell Gordon Lewis

Director | This Stuff'll Kill Ya!

Only one film-maker can claim the title "Godfather of Gore." That peculiar but apt identification seems to be the exclusive property of Herschell Gordon Lewis. With an unusual background that included teaching English Literature to college students, producing and directing television commercials, ...

Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!, Monster a-Go-go, The Gruesome Twosome, Something Weird

33. Anthony Hickox

Director | Waxwork

Anthony (Tony), started as a club promoter in London in the early eighties and financed his first short 'rock-a-bye baby' by holding an event at Le'quipe Anglaise, where all the door money went to finance the film. In fact, when it was finished it was the clubs owner Shariffi who showed it to ...

Hellraiser III, Waxwork, Warklock II: Armageddon

34. Lamberto Bava

Director | Dèmoni

Lamberto Bava was born in Rome, Italy, and was the first of a third generation of Italian filmmakers. His grandfather, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cameraman and optics effects artist during the early days of Italian silent cinema. His father, Mario Bava (1914-1980), was a legendary ...

Demons, Body Puzzle

35. 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...

36. Jörg Buttgereit

Director | Schramm

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

Nekromantik, Nekromantik 2, Shramm, Der Todesking: The Death King

37. Lloyd Kaufman

Producer | Troma's War

Stanley Lloyd Kaufman never really wanted to make movies, but wanted to work in Broadway musicals. During his years in Yale, though, he got introduced to "B" pictures and the works of Roger Corman. Lloyd later got the opportunity to executive-produce a short movie made by a fellow student. The film...

The Toxic Avenger, Class of Duke Nuke 'Em High, Terror Firmer, Poultrygeist

38. José Mojica Marins

Actor | Encarnação do Demônio

José Mojica Marins was born on March 13, 1936 in San Paulo, Brazil, to a family of simple means. José's love of movies began at an early age. He spent a great deal of his time with his family at the local movie house, which his father helped manage. By the time he was eighteen, he had completed ...

Coffin Joe movies



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