Directos who specialize in thrillers that have a bevy of twists and turns within their plots.
[listed in no particular order]
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born 1892)...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Psycho, Vertigo, Rebecca ” - Schwenkstar
Best known for his cerebral, often nonlinear storytelling, acclaimed writer-director Christopher Nolan
was born on July 30, 1970 in London, England. Over the course of 15 years of filmmaking, Nolan has gone from low-budget independent films to working on some of the biggest blockbusters ever made. At 7 years old...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Memento, The Prestige, Inception ” - Schwenkstar
Born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana, David Lynch was raised in small-town America. After high school, he went to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Shortly after that, he planned a three-year trip to Europe to work on his art, but didn't take to it and left after 15 days. In 1977...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, Twin Peaks ” - Schwenkstar
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 before World War II began...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Chinatown, Death And The Maiden, The Ghost Writer ” - Schwenkstar
Quentin Jerome Tarantino was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. His father, Tony Tarantino
, is an Italian-American actor and musician from New York, and his mother, Connie (McHugh), is a nurse from Tennessee. Quentin moved with his mother to Torrance, California, when he was four years old. In January of 1992...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown ” - Schwenkstar
Brian De Palma
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters
and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the script writers Paul Schrader
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Sisters, Dressed to Kill, Obsession ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski ” - Schwenkstar
Sidney Lumet was a master of cinema, best known for his technical knowledge and his skill at getting first-rate performances from his actors -- and for shooting most of his films in his beloved New York. He made over 40 movies, often complex and emotional, but seldom overly sentimental. Although his politics were somewhat left-leaning and he often treated socially relevant themes in his films...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Deathtrap, Murder On The Orient Express, Before The Devil Knows Your Dead ” - Schwenkstar
David Fincher was born in 1962 in Denver, Colorado, and was raised in Marin County, California. When he was 18 years old he went to work for John Korty
at Korty Films in Mill Valley. He subsequently worked at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) from 1981-1983. Fincher left ILM to direct TV commercials and music videos after signing with N...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Se7en, The Game, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, Heist ” - Schwenkstar
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh
. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Out of Sight, The Underneath, Ocean's Eleven ” - Schwenkstar
An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry included English...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Maltese Falcon, The List of Adrien Messenger, The Asphalt Jungle ” - Schwenkstar
He studied at the College of Technical Sciences of Vienna's Academy of Graphic Arts but unhappy with the career path chosen for him by his parents, he ran away to study art in Munich and Paris. He then spent many years travelling the world including Asia. In 1913, he returned to Paris to paint. When World War I began...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Scarlet Street, The Woman In The Window, Secret Beyond The Door ” - Schwenkstar
Robert Siodmak (8 August 1900 - 10 March 1973) was a German-born American film director. He is best remembered as a thriller specialist and for a series of stylish, unpretentious Hollywood films noirs he made in the 1940s. Siodmak (pronounced SEE-ODD-MACK) was born in Dresden, Germany, the son of Rosa Philippine (née Blum) and Ignatz Siodmak...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Spiral Staircase, The Phantom Lady, The Dark Mirror ” - Schwenkstar
Robert James Hamer was born in 1911 along with his twin sister Barbara, the son of Owen Dyke Hamer, a bank clerk, and his wife, Annie Grace Brickell. He was educated at Cambridge University where he wrote some poetry and was published in a collection 'Contemporaries and Their Maker', along with the spy Donald Maclean
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Detective, Dead of Night ” - Schwenkstar
Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater and became a stage director. He directed his first film in 1931, and came to the US in 1936 to direct on the Broadway stage...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Laura, Bunny Lake Is Missing, Whirlpool ” - Schwenkstar
The son of Thomas William Powell & Mabel (nee Corbett). Michael Powell was always a self confessed movie addict. He was brought up partly in Canterbury ("The Garden of England") and partly in the South of France (where his parents ran an hotel). Educated at Kings School, Canterbury & Dulwich College he first worked at the National Provincial Bank from 1922 - 1925...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Blackout, The Spy In Black, The Phantom Light ” - Schwenkstar
Edward Dmytryk grew up in San Francisco, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. After his mother died when he was 6, his strict disciplinarian father beat the boy frequently, and the child began running away while in his early teens. Eventually, juvenile authorities allowed him to live alone at the age of 15 and helped him find part-time work as a film studio messenger...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Murder My Sweet, Mirage, The Hidden Room ” - Schwenkstar
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount productions in Hollywood...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Sleuth, The Honey Pot, Somewhere In The Night ” - Schwenkstar
Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum
. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he realized his natural talent to handle a camera...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days in May, Seconds ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Machinist, Transsiberian, Session 9 ” - Schwenkstar
M. Night Shyamalan
Born in Puducherry, India, and raised in the posh suburban Penn Valley area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, M. Night Shyamalan is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor, known for making movies with contemporary supernatural plots. He is the son of Jayalakshmi, a Tamil obstetrician and gynecologist...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs ” - Schwenkstar
Beginning his film career as a screenwriter, Henri-Georges Clouzot switched over to directing and in 1943 had the distinction of having his film Le Corbeau
banned by both the German forces occupying France and the Free French forces fighting them, but for different reasons. He shot to international fame with The Wages of Fear
and consolidated that success with Diabolique
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Diabolique, Le Corbeau, L'assassin habite... au 21 ” - Schwenkstar
French film director considered a master in the mystery genre. He is credited with starting the "nouvelle vague" French film movement.
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: This Man Must Die, The Unfaithful Wife, Innocents with Dirty Hands ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Castle of Sand, Zero Focus, Village of Eight Gravestones ” - Schwenkstar
Kon Ichikawa has been influenced by artists as diverse as Walt Disney
and Jean Renoir
, and his films cover a wide spectrum of moods, from the comic to the overwhelmingly ironic and even the perverse. Ichikawa began his career as a cartoonist, and this influence is apparent in his skillful use of the widescreen...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Inugami Family, The Devil's Ballad, The Devil's Island ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Chaos, Ringu, Dark Water ” - Schwenkstar
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 family members...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Deep Red, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage, Tenebre ” - Schwenkstar
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 photography...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Blood and Black Lace, The Girl Who Knew Too Much, Bay of Blood ” - Schwenkstar
Talented, prolific and versatile writer/director Sergio Martino has made a vast array of often solid and enjoyable films in such diverse genres as horror, comedy, Western and science-fiction in a career that spans over 40 years. Martino was born on July 19, 1938, in Rome, Italy. His grandfather was noted director Gennaro Righelli
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, The Case of the Scorpion's Tail, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key ” - Schwenkstar
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 his early career as a med student...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Seven Notes in Black, A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Don't Torture a Duckling ” - Schwenkstar
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 studies to pursue the technical arts of filmmaking at the Centro Sperimentale de Cinematografia...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Seven Blood Stained Orchids, Spasmo, Knife of Ice ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: A Tale Of Two Sisters, The Quiet Family, I Saw The Devil ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Mother, Memories of Murder, Barking Dogs Never Bite ” - Schwenkstar
Is the son of a Spanish mother and a Chilean father. His family moved back to Spain when he was 1 year old, and he grew up and studied in Madrid. He wrote, produced and directed his first short film La cabeza at the age of 19, and he was 23 when he directed his feature debut Thesis
. His film Open Your Eyes
was a huge success in Spain and was distributed worldwide...
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: Thesis, Open Your Eyes, The Others ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Community, The Perfect Crime, The Oxford Murders ” - Schwenkstar
“ Twisty Thriller Highlights: The Method, Ashes From Paradise, Wild Horses ” - Schwenkstar