Well, like I said, this is my opinion. It can be different from yours, so don't freak out. And you can comment anytime, I'll try to respond :)
There are many horror directors who I have yet to see their work, being: Christopher Smith, John Carpenter (seen some of them, but too few to say that I know his work), Greg McLean (only seen "Rogue"), Tobe Hooper (haven't seen anything besides "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Poltergeist")
“ Well, his debut film "Dog Soldiers" was an awesome action-packed horror movie, with very good creature design and directing (considering the low budget). "The Descent" was even better, cleverly using light and set. Although his last efforts aren't horror ("Doomsday" and "Centurion"), they're still very good. ” - driesmessely
Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, USA, to Rebecca (Villegas), a nurse, and Cecilio G. Rodríguez, a salesman. His family is of Mexican descent. Of all the people to be amazed by the images of John Carpenter
's 1981 sci-fi parable, Escape from New York
, none were as captivated as the 12-year-old Rodriguez...
“ Yes, I know, he's not really a horror director, but still. "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Planet Terror" are great movies, self-aware and all. Really a blast to watch if you're into horror. And he edits his own movies, which makes him that more awesome. ” - driesmessely
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
. From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making movies with an 8mm camera...
“ The man sure knows his (although very funny) horror! The Evil Dead trilogy is a product of one guy who really wanted to make his own horror movie, and he succeeded. It's also a sign of love for the genre that he made "Drag me to Hell" after he made the popular Spiderman trilogy, returning back to his roots. Also, he started the career of the always fantastic Bruce Campbell. ” - driesmessely
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, which he made with his friends...
“ He's mostly known for his later work, but he started his career with the goriest movies you can imagine. "Bad Taste" and "Braindead" are so gory, so over the top, so funny, so awesome. Although gore isn't a musthave in horror, he brought that to a whole new level. ” - driesmessely
“ With "Haute Tension", he made one of the best European horror flicks in years. Then he made one of the best remakes of horror I have ever seen, "The Hills have Eyes". Although "Mirrors" was a letdown, he made another very entertaining (although incredibly dumb) "Piranha 3D" that gave me everything I expected (gore, boobs and lots of selfawareness). ” - driesmessely
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 the Left
, which he wrote...
“ I must admit I haven't seen most of his movies (yes, I know, I'm an idiot). But he gave us so many classics of horror that it's hard not to put him on this list. "A Nightmare on Elm Street", "The Hills have Eyes" and "Last House on the Left". And not to mention, he dissected the whole horrorgenre and its clichés with his "Scream"-movies. Well done, mister Craven! ” - driesmessely
“ For a young director, he sure made some good movies (in my opinion). He directed the first "Saw", and it should have stayed with that one movie. Hollywood butchered that one great flick with 6 bad sequels, too bad, because Wan made a great movie. "Dead Silence" was a fun time, he tried a different approach to his favorite genre, with mood instead of torture porn. He then tried another ghost story, "Insidious", which I have yet to see. ” - driesmessely
“ Because he's the first one who did POV horror perfectly, with "Rec". He did it again with "Rec 2", and again, perfectly. He succeeded where George Romero and J.J. Abrams failed. ” - driesmessely
George A. Romero
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; however, by all indications, he was very successful. The helmer of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 in New York City, New York, to a Cuban father and a Lithuanian-American mother. He grew up in NY, until attending the renowned Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
“ You all know why he's on this list. He made zombies what they are today: popular! In fact, maybe too popular. Because his last movies are not that good, but the fact that he made four awesome ones is good enough for me! What other director can say that he filmed one good movie and three awesome sequels? ” - driesmessely
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 (co-directed with Allan Arkush), a thinly disguised spoof of New World exploitation pictures, shot in ten days for $60,000...
“ One word: "Gremlins". Yes, horror for kids. Exactly why he's on the list. That one movie, that one single movie made me the horror fan I am today. Mr. Dante, I couldn't thank you enough. ” - driesmessely