20 Most Underrated Low Budget Directors

by cmudfilms | created - 04 Apr 2014 | updated - 04 Apr 2014 | Public

Twenty contemporary directors that make the most out of the least.

1. Kerry Conran

Director | Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Born in 1964 and raised in Flint, Michigan, Kerry Conran came from a family of aspiring artists: his older brother Kevin Conran was an illustrator and his younger sister Kirsten Conran an art director at an ad agency. Growing up watching classic sci-fi films such as Metropolis (1927), King Kong (...

2. Ben Wheatley

Director | Free Fire

Ben Wheatley was born in May 1972 in Billericay, Essex, England. He is a director and writer, known for Free Fire (2016), Kill List (2011) and Down Terrace (2009).

3. Trent Haaga

Writer | 68 Kill

Trent Haaga is an actor and writer, known for 68 Kill (2017), Cheap Thrills (2013) and It Came from the Desert (2017).

4. Glenn McQuaid

Visual_effects | V/H/S

Writer director Glenn McQuaid was born and raised in North County Dublin, Ireland. After working as both a visual effects artist and art director in the advertising world, McQuaid's first foray in cinema came about when he coordinated the visual effects on Ti West's The Roost as well as Larry ...

5. Matthew Bright

Writer | Freeway

Matthew Bright was born on June 8, 1952. He is a writer and director, known for Freeway (1996), Forbidden Zone (1980) and Bundy (2002).

6. Frank Henenlotter

Director | Bad Biology

Writer/director Frank Henenlotter was born August 29, 1950, in New York City. He gleefully "misspent" his youth watching a large array of blithely cheap'n'cheesy low-budget exploitation flicks in various seedy grindhouse theaters on Mahattan's 42nd St. He began making 8mm films as a teenager. His ...

7. Griff Furst

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Griff Furst was born on September 17, 1981 in Van Nuys, California, USA as Griffith Ethan Feuerstein. He is an actor and producer, known for The Magnificent Seven (2016), Banshee (2013) and I Love You Phillip Morris (2009). He has been married to Angela Meredith Furst since July 3, 2011.

8. Paul Andrew Williams

Director | London to Brighton

Paul Andrew Williams was born in 1973 in Portsmouth, England. He is a director and writer, known for London to Brighton (2006), Unfinished Song (2012) and The Cottage (2008).

9. Scott Glosserman

Producer | Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Scott Glosserman was born on November 21, 1976 in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006), B4TM and The Truth Below (2011).

10. Julian Richards

Director | Darklands

A graduate of The National Film School, Julian Richards wrote and directed three short films; Pirates (1987) (The Starting Out Award at The Celtic Film Festival), Queen Sacrifice (1988) (Best Film at the British Short Film Festival) and Bad Company (1992) (AFI Film Festival official selection). ...

11. J.T. Petty

Writer | Soft for Digging

J.T. Petty is a writer and director, known for Soft for Digging (2001), Hellbenders (2012) and The Burrowers (2008).

12. Jamie Blanks

Composer | Crawlspace

Jamie Blanks was born as James Blanks. He is a composer and director, known for Crawlspace (2012), Urban Legend (1998) and Long Weekend (2008). He is married to Simone Chin. They have one child.

13. Paul Solet

Writer | Bullet Head

After receiving a BA in Film and Psychology from Emerson College in 2002, and a certificate in screen writing from the same school in 2003, Solet moved to Los Angeles and began working in production.

He wrote and directed his highly lauded first feature, Grace, in 2008. Following its premiere at ...

15. Bruce McDonald

Director | Pontypool

Bruce McDonald was born on May 28, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is a director, known for Pontypool (2008), Hard Core Logo (1996) and Weirdos (2016).

16. Eric Nicholas

Director | Alone with Her

Eric Nicholas is a writer-director known for the movies Alone with Her (2006) and River Rats (1995), and for the TV program The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen (2010). He is also the author of "Picture Yourself Directing a Movie: Step-By-Step Instruction for Creating Short Films and More" ...

17. Larry Fessenden

Actor | Habit

Larry Fessenden was born on March 23, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Habit (1995), Wendigo (2001) and Stake Land (2010).

18. John Geddes

Producer | Exit Humanity

John Geddes is known for his work on Exit Humanity (2011), Creep Nation (2019) and Scarce (2008).

19. Mike Flanagan

Editor | Doctor Sleep

Mike Flanagan was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1978 to Timothy and Laura Flanagan. The family relocated frequently, as Timothy was in the U.S. Coast Guard, and finally settled in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he would shoot and edit short movies on VHS. This continued as he attended Archbishop ...

20. Jon Knautz

Director | Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer

In early high school, Jon began developing his filmmaking craft. After gaining experience in directing, producing, camera, writing, and editing, Jon completed the Film Foundation program at the Vancouver Film School. Jon's first short film Apt. 310 played eleven film festivals and garnered two ...



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