True Masters of Horror

IMDb doesn't need another list collecting Masters of Horrors. Here's one anyway. The directors listed here have contributed at least two important, enduring films to the horror genre.
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“ The Student of Prague (1913), The Golem (1915), The Golem, How He Came Into the World (1920) ” - Bonehead-XL
F.W. Murnau
Director, Nosferatu
Director. First was assistant to Max Reinhardt. Began making movies in Germany in 1919. Went to the USA in 1926.
“ The Haunted Castle (1921), Nosferatu (1922), Faust (1926) ” - Bonehead-XL
Fritz Lang
Director, M
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. From 1910 to 1914...
“ Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922), M (1931), The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), House by the River (1950), The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Waxworks (1924), The Cat and the Canary (1927), The Man Who Laughs (1928), The Last Warning (1929) ” - Bonehead-XL
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: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages...
“ The Unholy Three (1925), The Unknown (1927), London After Midnight (1927), Dracula (1931), Freaks (1932), Mark of the Vampire (1935), The Devil-Doll (1936) ” - Bonehead-XL
Alfred Hitchcock
Director, Psycho
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)...
“ The Lodger (1927), Rope (1947), Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), Frenzy (1972) ” - Bonehead-XL
James Whale
Director, Frankenstein
James Whale, who grew up poor in an English mining town, learned to put on plays in a World War I German POW camp. Postwar theatre work took him to the London stage, then Broadway, then a contract with Paramount, as dialog director for Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels. He began his contribution to the horror film genre with his move to Universal...
“ Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ White Zombie (1932), Supernatural (1933), Revolt of the Zombies (1936) ” - Bonehead-XL
Erle C. Kenton
Erle C. Kenton entered films as an actor with the Mack Sennett troupe (he was one of the original Keystone Kops). In addition to acting, he performed pretty much any kind of behind-the-scenes job he could get, and by 1919 Sennett gave him a job directing two-reel comedies. The next year he graduated to features...
“ Island of Lost Souls (1932), Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945), The Cat Creeps (1946) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ The Most Dangerous Game (1932), King Kong (1933), Son of Kong (1933), Dr. Cyclops (1940), Mighty Joe Young (1949) ” - Bonehead-XL
Jacques Tourneur
Director, Out of the Past
Born in Paris in 1904, Tourneur went to Hollywood with his father, director Maurice Tourneur around 1913. He started out as a script clerk and editor for his father, then graduated to such jobs as directing shorts (often with the pseudonym Jack Turner), both in France and America. He was hired to run the second unit for David O. Selznick's A Tale of Two Cities...
“ Cat People (1941), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), The Leopard Man (1943), Curse of the Demon (1957), The Comedy of Terrors (1963) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Man Made Monster (1941), Horror Island (1941), The Wolf Man (1941), The Climax (1944) ” - Bonehead-XL
Robert Wise
Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an odd job at RKO Radio Pictures...
“ Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The Haunting (1963), The Andromeda Strain (1971) ” - Bonehead-XL
Jack Arnold
Jack Arnold reigns supreme as one of the great directors of 1950s science-fiction features. His films are distinguished by moody black and white cinematography, solid acting, smart, thoughtful scripts, snappy pacing, a genuine heartfelt enthusiasm for the genre and plenty of eerie atmosphere. Arnold was born on October 14...
“ It Came from Outer Space (1953), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Revenge of the Creature (1955), Tarantula (1955), Monster on Campus (1958) ” - Bonehead-XL
Ishirô Honda
Director, Gojira
Influential Japanese film director born May 7th, 1911, often credited as being the father of Godzilla. His name is a combination of "I" (or Ino), meaning "boar" and "shirô," meaning fourth boy in the family. Originally, the young Honda had aspirations of becoming an artist. However, as he moved into his teens, it was cinema that became his number-one interest...
“ Godzilla (1954), Rodan (1956), Mothra (1961), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), Matango (1963), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), Destroy All Monsters (1968), Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975) ” - Bonehead-XL
Val Guest
Val Guest (1911-2006) had one of the most varied careers in film history, both in output and profession. Since 1932, he had tried his hand at writing, directing, producing, acting and composing, all in film and all with varying degrees of success. His first taste of success came co-writing some of Will Hay's best comedies with Marriott Edgar...
“ The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Quastermass II (1957), The Abominable Snowman (1957), The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1960), When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970) ” - Bonehead-XL
Terence Fisher
Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment, Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service and tried his hand at a succession of jobs ashore...
“ The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Horror of Dracula (1958), Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Mummy (1959), The Brides of Dracula (1960), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), The Gorgon (1964), Island of Terror (1966), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), The Devil Rides Out (1968) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ House on Haunted Hill (1959), The Tingler (1959), Mr. Sardonicus (1960), Straight Jacket (1964), Shanks (1974) ” - Bonehead-XL
Roger Corman
Producer, Death Race
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 total of three days as an engineer at US Electrical Motors...
“ A Bucket of Blood (1959), House of Usher (1960), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Pit and the Pendulum (1961), X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963), The Haunted Palace (1963), The Masque of the Red Death (1964) ” - Bonehead-XL
Mario Bava
Cinematographer, A Bay of Blood
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...
“ Black Sunday (1960), Black Sabbath (1963), The Whip and the Body (1963), Blood and Black Lace (1964), Planet of the Vampires (1965), Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966), Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970), Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971), Shock (1977) ” - Bonehead-XL
Freddie Francis
Cinematographer, The Elephant Man
During his last years at school he spent most of his time writing a thesis on 'the future of film' On leaving school he joined Gaumont British Studios at Lime Grove as an apprentice to a stills photographer for a year. He claimed this taught him more about the art of photography than any other form of training could...
“ Day of the Triffids (1962), Paranoiac (1963), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), Girly (1970), Tales from the Crypt (1972), The Creeping Flesh (1973), The Ghoul (1975) ” - Bonehead-XL
Jesús Franco
He was only six years old when he started composing music under the protection of his brother Enrique. After the Spanish Civil War he was able to continue his studies at the Real Conservatorio de Madrid, where he finished piano and harmony. Being a Bachelor of Law and an easy-read novel writer (under the pseudonym David Khume)...
“ The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962), The Diabolical Dr. Z (1966), Venus in Furs (1969), Count Dracula (1970) ” - Bonehead-XL
Roman Polanski
Director, The Pianist
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...
“ Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1964), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Macbeth (1971), The Tenant (1976), The Ninth Gate (1999) ” - Bonehead-XL
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola was born in 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, but grew up in a New York suburb in a creative, supportive Italian-American family. His father, Carmine Coppola, was a composer and musician. His mother, Italia Coppola (née Pennino), had been an actress. Francis Ford Coppola graduated with a degree in drama from Hofstra University...
“ Dementia 13 (1963), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Twixt (2012) ” - Bonehead-XL
Herschell Gordon Lewis
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, and voicing radio and television commercials...
“ Blood Feast (1963), Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), Color Me Blood Red (1965), Something Weird (1967), A Taste of Blood (1967), The Wizard of Gore (1970), The Gore-Gore Girls (1972) ” - Bonehead-XL
Don Sharp
Don Sharp was born on the island of Tasmania off of Australia, and began his show-business career there as an actor. After World War II he traveled to England and continued his acting carer. He became a director in the mid-1950s and turned out some low- and medium-budget musicals, such as the Tommy Steele vehicle The Dream Maker...
“ The Kiss of the Vampire (1963), The Devil-Ship Pirates (1964), Curse of the Fly (1965), Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966), Dark Places (1973), PsychoMania (1973) ” - Bonehead-XL
José Mojica Marins
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 over eighty films...
“ At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964), Tonight I'll Possess Your Corpse (1967), The Strange World of Coffin Joe (1968), Awakening of the Beast (1969), Estrupo! (1979), Embodiment of Evil (2008) ” - Bonehead-XL
Jack Hill
Writer, Coffy
Jack Hill grew up around movies--his father was a designer for the Disney studios and Warner Brothers. He went to the University of California to study film, where he was a classmate of Francis Ford Coppola--they worked together on student productions and later both apprenticed with Roger Corman, working on The Terror...
“ Blood Bath (1966), Spider Baby (1968), Switch Blade Sisters (1975) ” - Bonehead-XL
Roy Ward Baker
Roy Ward Baker's first job in films was as a teaboy at the Gainsborough Studios in London, England, but within three years he was working as an assistant director. During World War II, he worked in the Army Kinematograph Unit under Eric Ambler, a writer and film producer, who, after the war, gave Baker his first opportunity to direct a film...
“ Quatermass and the Pit (1967), The Anniversary (1968), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971), Asylum (1972), The Vault of Horror (1973), The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), The Monster Club (1981) ” - Bonehead-XL
Brian De Palma
Director, Scarface
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...
“ Murder a la Mod (1968), Sisters (1973), Phantom of the Paradise (1974), Carrie (1976), The Fury (1978), Body Double (1984), Raising Cain (1992) ” - Bonehead-XL
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...
“ Night of the Living Dead (1968), Season of the Witch (1972), Martin (1977), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Creepshow (1982), Day of the Dead (1985) ” - Bonehead-XL
Dario Argento
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...
“ The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971), Deep Red (1975), Suspiria (1977), Inferno (1980), Tenebre (1982), Phenomena (1985), Opera (1987), The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) ” - Bonehead-XL
Robert Fuest
Well regarded for his stylish genre work of the 1970s, Robert Fuest may not have a very extensive list of feature film credits, but the quality of his output is what matters, not the quantity. He certainly came to the business with a real talent for art. Born in London in 1927, he would spend some time serving in the Royal Air Force...
“ And Soon the Darkness (1970), The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), The Devil's Rain (1975) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ The Nude Vampire (1970), The Shiver of the Vampires (1971), The Iron Rose (1973), Lips of Blood (1975), The Grapes of Death (1978), Fascination (1979), The Living Dead Girl (1982) ” - Bonehead-XL
Lucio Fulci
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...
“ A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971), Don't Torture a Duckling (1972), The Psychic (1977), Zombie (1979), The Beyond (1981), House by the Cemetery (1981), The New York Ripper (1982) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Daughters of Darkness (1971), Malpertius (1971) ” - Bonehead-XL
Sergio Martino
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...
“ The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971), The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971), All the Colors of the Dark (1972), Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972), Torso (1973) ” - Bonehead-XL
Ken Russell
Director, Tommy
Ken Russell tried several professions, before choosing to become a film director. He was a still photographer, a dancer and even served in the army, but it was film that was to be Mr. Russell's destiny. He began by making several short films, and those paved the way for his brilliant television films of the sixties that are acclaimed for his attention to detail and opulent visuals...
“ The Devils (1971), Altered States (1980), Crime of Passion (1984), Gothic (1986), The Lair of the White Worm (1988) ” - Bonehead-XL
Andrzej Zulawski
Writer, Possession
Born in Lvov, Ukraine; then he moved with his father Miroslaw Zulawski to Czechoslovakia and later to Poland. In the late 1950s, he studied cinema in France. In the 1960s, he was an assistant of the famous Polish film director Andrzej Wajda. His feature debut The Third Part of the Night was an adaptation of his father's novel...
“ The Third Part of the Night (1971), The Devil (1972), Possession (1981) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Deathdream (1972), Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1973), Black Christmas (1974), Murder by Decree (1979) ” - Bonehead-XL
Wes Craven
Director, Scream
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...
“ The Last House on the Left (1972), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Deadly Blessing (1981), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Deadly Friend (1986), The People Under the Stairs (1991), New Nightmare (1994), Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Red Eye (2005) ” - Bonehead-XL
Umberto Lenzi
Director, Cannibal Ferox
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...
“ The Man from Deep River (1972), Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972), Spasmo (1974), Eyeball (1975), Nightmare City (1980), Cannibal Ferox (1981) ” - Bonehead-XL
Charles B. Pierce
Charles Bryant Pierce was an independent filmmaker from Arkansas whose movies have become cult classics. Films that he wrote, directed, and/or produced were not only made in Arkansas with local actors but also drew their inspiration from Arkansas themes. He is believed to be the source of one of the most famous lines in American film history: "Go ahead...
“ The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972), The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976), The Evictors (1979), Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) ” - Bonehead-XL
Gary Sherman
Producer, Poltergeist III
Gary Sherman was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1945. He studied design and photography at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Sherman started out as a filmmaker by making music clips and short movies in the mid 60s which where early precursors to MTV music videos. While still a teenager Sherman worked...
“ Death Line (1972), Dead & Buried (1981), Vice Squad (1982), Lisa (1990), 39: A Film by Carroll McKane (2006) ” - Bonehead-XL
William Friedkin
Director, The Exorcist
Friedkin's mother was an operating room nurse. His father was a merchant seaman, semi-pro softball player and ultimately sold clothes in a men's discount chain. Ultimately, his father never earned more than $50/week in his whole life and died indigent. Eventually young Will became infatuated with Orson Welles after seeing Citizen Kane...
“ The Exorcist (1973), Cruising (1980), Rampage (1987), The Guardian (1990), Bug (2006) ” - Bonehead-XL
Larry Cohen
Writer, Phone Booth
Larry Cohen was born July 15, 1941, in Kingston, New York, a small town north of New York City. At a young age, his family moved to the Riverdale section of the Bronx, and he eventually majored in film at the historic City College of New York, graduating in 1963. An independent maverick who got his start in studio-based television...
“ It's Alive (1974), God Told Me To (1976), Q: The Winged Serpent (1982), The Stuff (1985) ” - Bonehead-XL
Tobe Hooper
Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the Masters of Horror. Before becoming a filmmaker, Hooper--a native of Austin, TX--spent the 1960s as a college teacher and documentary cameraman. He organized a small cast of teachers and students and made The Texas Chain Saw Massacre...
“ The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Eaten Alive (1977), Salem's Lot (1979), The Funhouse (1981), Poltergeist (1982), Lifeforce (1985), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ The Cars That Ate Paris (1974), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), The Last Wave (1977), The Plumber (1979) ” - Bonehead-XL
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 was a journalist, and his mother was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early age (he wrote and published eerie short stories, thus following his father's path) and for music (playing classical guitar until he was 12)...
“ They Came from Within (1975), Rabid (1977), The Brood (1979), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Naked Lunch (1991), ” - Bonehead-XL
Joseph Zito
Producer, Lahzat harega
Director/producer Joseph Zito was born on May 14, 1946 in New York City. He began his cinematic career in film distribution. Zito made his debut picture in the mid 70s with the sleazy Patty Hearst-inspired exploitation feature "Abduction." Joseph then did the equally trashy "Bloodrage," the brutal slasher...
“ Abduction (1975), Bloodrage (1979), The Prowler (1981), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) ” - Bonehead-XL
John Carpenter
Writer, Halloween
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 University and then USC film school in Los Angeles...
“ Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Halloween (1978), The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Prince of Darkness (1987), They Live (1988), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), Vampires (1998) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ The Omen (1976), Two-Fisted Tales (1992) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Death Weekend (1976), Funeral Home (1980), Baker County, U.S.A. (1982), Spasms (1983), Killer Party (1986), Blue Monkey (1987) ” - Bonehead-XL
Ruggero Deodato
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 some of his father's productions...
“ Last Cannibal World (1977), Cannibal Holocaust (1980), Cut and Run (1985), Body Count (1986) ” - Bonehead-XL
David Lynch
Born in precisely the kind of small-town American setting so familiar from his films, David Lynch spent his childhood being shunted from one state to another as his research scientist father kept getting relocated. He attended various art schools, married Peggy Lynch and then fathered future director Jennifer Chambers Lynch shortly after he turned 21...
“ Eraserhead (1977), Blue Velvet (1986), Twin Peaks (1990), Mulholland Drive (2001), Inland Empire (2006) ” - Bonehead-XL
Joe Dante
Director, Gremlins
Joseph Dante Jr. was born on November 28, 1946 in Morristown, New Jersey, and raised in the nearby borough of Parsippany. His father was a professional golf players and his father wrote some books on the instructions of playing golf some of which included Four Magic Moves to Winning Golf, and Stop that Slice...
“ Piranha (1978), The Howling (1981), Gremlins (1984), Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Matinee (1993), The Hole (2009) ” - Bonehead-XL
Richard Franklin
Director, Psycho II
Writer, director and producer Richard Franklin was born on July 15, 1948 in Melbourne, Australia. Infatuated with cinema at an early age, Franklin first began making 8mm films at age 10. Franklin saw Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" two years later and was hooked on movies for life. Richard enrolled at Monash...
“ Patrick (1978), Road Games (1981), Psycho II (1983), Link (1986), Visitors (2003) ” - Bonehead-XL
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, and much loved "Phantasm" series of horror movies...
“ Phantasm (1979), Phantasm II (1988), Survival Quest (1988), Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead (1994), Phantasm IV: Oblivion (1998), Bubba Ho-Tep (2002), John Dies at the End (2012) ” - Bonehead-XL
Joe D'Amato
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 around various film sets...
“ Beyond the Darkness (1979), Anthropophagus (1980), Absurd (1981) ” - Bonehead-XL
Abel Ferrara
Director, Bad Lieutenant
Born in the Bronx, Ferrara started making amateur films on Super 8 in his teens before making his debut with violent exploitation films such as 'Driller Killer' and 'Ms.45'. Good reviews for the latter helped create his cult reputation, leading to larger budgets, studio funding and 'name' actors (Christopher Walken...
“ Driller Killer (1979), Ms. 45 (1981), Fear City (1984), The Addiction (1995) ” - Bonehead-XL
David Schmoeller
Writer, Puppetmaster
Raised and educated in Texas, David Schmoeller began his career as a young playwright and was awarded the Texas Good Neighbor Scholarship for studies in Mexico, attending the Universidad De Las Americas from 1967-1968. In Mexico he studied theater with Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) and was mentored in film by legendary director Luis Buñuel...
“ Tourist Trap (1979), Crawlspace (1986), Puppet Master (1989), ” - Bonehead-XL
Ridley Scott
Producer, Blade Runner
Ridley Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham) on 30 November 1937. His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him throughout the UK and Europe before they eventually returned to Teesside. Scott wanted to join Army (his...
“ Alien (1979), Hannibal (2001), Prometheus (2012) ” - Bonehead-XL
William Lustig
Producer, Maniac
William Lustig was born on February 1, 1955 in Bronx, New York. During his teenage years, Lustig avidly watched a huge volume of lowdown trashy exploitation fare at numerous 42nd Street grind house theaters in Manhattan and also worked as a movie theater usher in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After graduating from high school, he took a few film classes at New York University...
“ Maniac (1980), Maniac Cop (1988), Maniac Cop 2 (1990), Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence (1993) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Prom Night (1980), Humongous (1982), Blindside (1987), So Weird (1999-2001) ” - Bonehead-XL
Lewis Teague
Extremely efficient and underrated director Lewis Teague was born on March 8th, 1938, in Brooklyn, NY. He apprenticed with director Sydney Pollack at Universal Television, and was a production manager on the landmark rock concert documentary Woodstock. Teague found gainful employment working...
“ Alligator (1980), Cujo (1983), Cat's Eye (1985), The Triangle (2001) ” - Bonehead-XL
John Landis
John Landis began his career in the mail room of 20th Century-Fox. A high-school dropout, 18-year-old Landis made his way to Yugoslavia to work as a production assistant on Kelly's Heroes. Remaining in Europe, Landis found work as an actor, extra and stuntman in many of the Spanish/Italian "spaghetti" westerns...
“ An American Werewolf in London (1981), Thriller (1983), Innocent Blood (1992), Burke and Hare (2010) ” - Bonehead-XL
Steve Miner
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, Rick Moranis, and Bill Pullman. Before becoming a director...
“ Friday the 13th Part II (1981), Friday the 13th Part III (1982), House (1986), Warlock (1989), Halloween H20 (1998), Lake Placid (1999) ” - Bonehead-XL
Sam Raimi
Writer, Spider-Man 3
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 Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), Army of Darkness (1993), A Simple Plan (1998), Drag Me to Hell (2009) ” - Bonehead-XL
Frank Henenlotter
Director, Basket Case
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 16mm black-and-white short Slash of the Knife actually played at a 42nd St...
“ Basket Case (1982), Brain Damage (1988), Basket Case 2 (1990), Frankenhooker (1990), Bad Biology (2008) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ One Dark Night (1982), Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives! (1986), Sometimes They Come Back (1991) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Alone in the Dark (1982), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985), The Hidden (1987) ” - Bonehead-XL
Brian Trenchard-Smith
Director, BMX Bandits
Brian Trenchard-Smith is an Anglo Australian film and television director, producer, and writer, with a reputation for large scale movies on small scale budgets, many of which display a quirky sense of humor that has earned him a cult following. Quentin Tarantino referred to him in Entertainment Weekly as one of his favorite directors...
“ Turkey Shoot (1982), Dead End Drive-In (1986), Night of the Demons 2 (1994), Leprechaun 3 (1995), Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ The Company of Wolves (1984), Interview with a Vampire (1994), The Butcher Boy (1997), Byzantium (2013) ” - Bonehead-XL
Lloyd Kaufman
Actor, Rocky
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 (1984), Class of Nuke 'em High (1986), Troma's War (1988), Tromeo and Juliet (1996), Terror Firmer (1999), Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV (2000), Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006), Return to Nuke 'em High (2014) ” - Bonehead-XL
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 majoring in theater...
“ Re-Animator (1985), From Beyond (1986), Dolls (1987), Castle Freak (1995), Dagon (2001), Stuck (2007) ” - Bonehead-XL
Dan O'Bannon
Writer, Alien
Dan O'Bannon was inspired at an early age by EC Comics like Tales from the Crypt and old horror films that he saw in St. Louis. He even wrote a few stories for Heavy Metal magazine (which also showed up in the film). O'Bannon got his start when he and John Carpenter collaborated on the cult sci-fi film Dark Star...
“ Directed: Return of the Living Dead (1985), The Resurrected (1991)

Wrote: Alien (1979), Dead & Buried (1981), Heavy Metal (1981), Lifeforce (1985), Screamers (1995), Bleeders (1997) ” - Bonehead-XL
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 and the Robert Bloch- inspired Psycho II, the latter starring Anthony Perkins as the menacing psychopath, Norman Bates. Tom gained more notoriety, however, as a director...
“ Directed: Fright Night (1985), Child's Play (1988), The Langoliers (1995), Thinner (1996)

Wrote: The Initiation of Sarah (1978), Class of 1984 (1982), Psycho II (1983), Scream for Help (1984) ” - Bonehead-XL
John Carl Buechler
When he ran the make-up effects department at New World Pictures, Roger Corman called him "...the best in the business..." John Carl Buechler was born in Belleville, Illinois. An actor, writer, producer, director, special effects artist, he has always been in love with filmmaking. He was the first person in history to make his way into the director's chair by way of make-up effects superstardom...
“ Troll (1986), Cellar Dweller (1988), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) ” - Bonehead-XL
Fred Dekker
Writer, RoboCop 3
Writer/director Fred Dekker was born on April 9, 1959 in San Francisco, California. An avid comic book fan, monster movie buff, and film nerd from an early age, Dekker was rejected by both USC and UCLA film schools. He wound up attending UCLA as an English major instead. His fellow UCLA classmates included...
“ Night of the Creeps (1986), The Monster Squad (1987) ” - Bonehead-XL
Peter Jackson
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...
“ Bad Taste (1986), Meet the Feebles (1989), Dead Alive (1992), The Frighteners (1996), King Kong (2005) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Funland (1986), Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988), Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989) ” - Bonehead-XL
Kevin Tenney
Director, Witchboard
Independent writer/director Kevin S. Tenney was born in 1955 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He hails from a military family and grew up in Hawaii, Bermuda and California. Tenney made his first 8mm movie while in the sixth grade. He attended the University of Southern California. He's the first and only USC film student to direct both a graduate film and a senior project...
“ Witchboard (1986), Night of the Demons (1988), The Cellar (1989), Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway (1993) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Hellraiser (1987), Nightbreed (1990), Lord of Illusions (1995) ” - Bonehead-XL
Kathryn Bigelow
Director, The Hurt Locker
A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be critiqued by people like Richard Serra...
“ Near Dark (1987), Strange Days (1995) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ NekroMantik (1987), The Death King (1990), NekroMantik 2 (1991), Schramm (1994) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors (1987), The Blob (1988), Bless the Child (2000) ” - Bonehead-XL
Michele Soavi
Director, Cemetery Man
Born in Milan, Italy in 1957, Michele Soavi's parents separated when he was little and he lived with his mother who remarried a painter. Interested in his stepfather's interest in painting, Soavi began an interest in creative arts in his school. During his teenage years, he decided that the cinema was his true calling after attending several movie screenings and developing a taste for acting...
“ Stage Fright (1987), The Church (1989), The Sect (1991), Cemetery Man (1994) ” - Bonehead-XL
Tim Burton
Timothy Walter Burton was born in Burbank, California, to Jean Rae (Erickson), cat-themed gift shop owner, and William Reed Burton, who worked for the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. He spent most of his childhood as a recluse, drawing cartoons, and watching old movies (he was especially fond of films with Vincent Price)...
“ Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Mars Attacks! (1996), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) ” - Bonehead-XL
Bernard Rose
Director, Candyman
Born on 4th August 1960, in London, England, Bernard Rose began his career by making super 8 films at the age of 9. The BBC had a amateur movie competition which he won in 1975, causing his 3 minute film to air on the BBC. He later worked for Jim Henson on the last season of The Muppet Show, as a gofer...
“ Paperhouse (1988), Candyman (1992), Snuff-Movie (2005) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Pumpkinhead (1988), Ghosts (1997) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Pet Sematary (1989), Pet Sematary II (1992), The Attic (2007) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Hiruko the Goblin (1991), Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992), A Snake of June (2002), Nightmare Detective (2006) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Society (1989), Bride of Re-Animator (1989), Return of the Living Dead III (1993), The Dentist (1996), Progeny (1998) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Begotten (1990), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Suspect Zero (2004) ” - Bonehead-XL
Philip Ridley
Writer, Heartless
Philip was born in the East End of London where he still lives and works. He studied painting at St Martin's School of Art and has exhibited widely throughout Europe. As a novelist his credits include Crocodilia (1988), In The Eyes Of Mr. Fury (Penguin, 1989), Flamingoes In Orbit (Hamish Hamilton, 1990) and three novels for children; Mercedes Ice (Collins...
“ The Reflecting Skin (1990), The Passion of Darkly Noon (1995), Heartless (2009) ” - Bonehead-XL
Richard Stanley
Writer, Hardware
Richard Stanley is the award-winning South African-born filmmaker, who made a name of himself with his first feature film, the sci-fi movie Hardware. A low budget movie about a mad-dog android loose in an apartment was released in 1990. Critics slammed it as a Terminator rip-off, yet the film became a financial success...
“ Hardware (1990), Dust Devil (1992), The Theatre Bizarre (2012) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ No Telling (1991), Habit (1995), Wendigo (2001), The Last Winter (2006), Beneath (2013) ” - Bonehead-XL
Todd Haynes
Director, I'm Not There.
Todd Haynes was always interested in art, and made amateur movies and painted while he was still a child. He attended Brown university and majored in art and semiotics. After he graduated he moved to New York City and made the controversial short film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story. The movie uses dolls instead of actors to tell the the story of the late Karen Carpenter...
“ Poison (1991), Safe (1995) ” - Bonehead-XL
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist. In his filmmaking career, del Toro has alternated between Spanish-language dark fantasy pieces, such as the gothic horror film The Devil's Backbone (2001), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), and more mainstream American action movies...
“ Cronos (1993), Mimic (1997), The Devil's Backbone (2001), Blade II (2002), Pan's Labyrinth (2006) ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Aftermath (1994), Genesis (1998), The Abandoned (2006) ” - Bonehead-XL