Modern Masters of Horror(not in any order):

by sentiovereor | created - 18 Jan 2011 | updated - 14 Nov 2012 | Public

you should know that these are the people who know how to masterfully create suspense,drama,style,tension,atmosphere,scare factor,superb sum they are the new generation of masters of SUPERB high quality Horror

1. Guillermo del Toro

Writer | El laberinto del fauno

Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...

Pan's Labyrinth

2. Alejandro Amenábar

Writer | The Others

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 Tesis (1996). His film ...

The Others

3. Neil Marshall

Director | The Descent

Neil Marshall was born on May 25, 1970 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is a director and producer, known for The Descent (2005), Dog Soldiers (2002) and Doomsday (2008). He was previously married to Axelle Carolyn.

The Descent

4. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Director | 28 Weeks Later

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo was born on December 5, 1967 in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. He is a producer, known for 28 Weeks Later (2007), Intacto (2001) and Linked (1996).

28 Weeks Later

5. Kôji Shiraishi

Director | Gurotesuku

Kôji Shiraishi is a director and writer, known for Gurotesuku (2009), Kuchisake-onna (2007) and Okaruto (2009).


6. 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

7. Ti West

Director | The Innkeepers

Ti West was born on October 5, 1980 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. He is a director, known for The Innkeepers (2011), The Sacrament (2013) and The House of the Devil (2009).

House of the Devil

Cold Prey 2

9. Frank Darabont

Writer | The Green Mile

Three-time Oscar nominee Frank Darabont was born in a refugee camp in 1959 in Montbeliard, France, the son of Hungarian parents who had fled Budapest during the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution. Brought to America as an infant, he settled with his family in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High ...

the Mist

10. Oren Peli

Producer | Paranormal Activity

Oren Peli is a producer and writer, known for Paranormal Activity (2007), Chernobyl Diaries (2012) and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014).

Paranormal Activity

12. Mark Pellington

Director | Arlington Road

Mark Pellington was born on March 17, 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Arlington Road (1999), The Mothman Prophecies (2002) and Jerry Maguire (1996). He was previously married to Jennifer Barrett Pellington.

The Mothman Prophecies

13. Yudai Yamaguchi

Director | The ABCs of Death

Yudai Yamaguchi is a director and writer, known for The ABCs of Death (2012), Gokudô heiki (2011) and Meatball Machine (2005).

Tamami:The Babys Curse

14. Brad Anderson

Director | Session 9

Brad Anderson was born in 1964 in Madison, Connecticut, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Session 9 (2001), The Machinist (2004) and Transsiberian (2008).

Session 9

15. Greg McLean

Director | The Belko Experiment

Greg McLean is a writer and producer, known for The Belko Experiment (2016), Jungle (2017) and Rogue (2007).


16. Nimród Antal

Director | Kontroll

Antal was born in Los Angeles, California of Hungarian ancestry. He moved to Hungary in 1991 to study at the Hungarian Film Academy. After graduating, he went on to work in the film and television industry. In 2005, he moved back to his hometown of Los Angeles to pursue success in Hollywood.

He is ...


17. Matt Reeves

Writer | Let Me In

Born on April 27, 1966, Matthew Reeves is a writer, director and producer, known for his directorial work on Cloverfield (2008), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). Reeves was born in in Rockville Center, New York and was childhood friends with director ...

Let Me In

18. Andrew Cull

Writer | The Possession of David O'Reilly

In 2012 Andrew walked 100km in 24 hours to raise funds for Save The Children.

The Possession of David O'Reilly

The Possession of David O'Reilly

20. Carlos Brooks

Director | Quid Pro Quo

Carlos Brooks is a director and writer, known for Quid Pro Quo (2008), Someone in the Dark and Burning Bright (2010).

Burning Bright

21. Bryan Bertino

Writer | The Strangers

Bryan Bertino was born on October 17, 1977 in Crowley, Texas, USA as Bryan Michael Bertino. He is a producer and writer, known for The Strangers (2008), The Monster (2016) and The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018).

The Strangers

22. Breck Eisner

Director | The Crazies

Breck Eisner was born on December 24, 1970 in California, USA. He is a director, known for The Crazies (2010), Sahara (2005) and The Last Witch Hunter (2015). He has been married to Georgia Irwin Eisner since June 24, 2006.

The Crazies

23. Colm McCarthy

Director | The Girl with All the Gifts

Colm McCarthy is a director best known for his work on Peaky Blinders, Sherlock and Endeavour. He was born in Edinburgh and has lived there as well as in Dublin and London. He is happily married and plays a grand total of eight musical instruments all appallingly badly.

He did not formally train in ...


24. Marvin Kren

Director | 4 Blocks

Marvin Kren was born in 1980 in Vienna, Austria. He is a director and writer, known for 4 Blocks (2017), Rammbock (2010) and Schautag (2009).


25. John Erick Dowdle

Writer | No Escape

John grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. After graduating St. Thomas Academy, an all-boys, military, Catholic highschool, John moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa. There he would make the move from writing to film. Two years later, John moved to Manhattan to attend NYU's film ...


In Their Sleep

In Their Sleep

28. Andrew Traucki

Director | Black Water

Andrew Traucki is a director and producer, known for Black Water (2007), The Reef (2010) and The ABCs of Death (2012).

The Reef

29. Chris Kentis

Director | Open Water

Chris Kentis was born on October 23, 1962 in New York, USA as Christopher F. Kentis. He is a director and writer, known for Open Water (2003), Grind (1997) and Silent House (2011). He has been married to Laura Lau since 1997. They have one child.

Open Water

30. Paco Plaza

Director | [Rec]

Paco Plaza was born in 1973 in València, València, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain as Francisco Plaza Trinidad. He is a director and writer, known for [Rec] (2007), [Rec] 2 (2009) and [REC] 3: Genesis (2012). He is married to Leticia Dolera.

[Rec] 2

31. James Wan

Writer | Saw

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)...


32. Alexandre Bustillo

Writer | À l'intérieur

Alexandre Bustillo is a writer and director, known for Inside (2007), Aux yeux des vivants (2014) and ABCs of Death 2 (2014).


33. Julien Maury

Writer | À l'intérieur

Julien Maury is a writer and director, known for Inside (2007), Aux yeux des vivants (2014) and ABCs of Death 2 (2014).


34. Daniel Myrick

Writer | The Blair Witch Project

Daniel Myrick was born on September 3, 1963 in Sarasota, Florida, USA. He is a writer and director, known for The Blair Witch Project (1999), Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000) and The Objective (2008).

The Blair Witch Project

35. Eli Roth

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

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 ...


36. Eduardo Sánchez

Director | The Blair Witch Project

Eduardo Sanchez was born in Cuba in 1968. It was at a young age he gained an interest in film making. At Wheaton High School Ed made school movie projects such as Shrimp Fried Vice and Pride (in the name of Love) all of which starred his friends and family, as well as Ed himself.

After High School ...

The Blair Witch Project

37. Steven R. Monroe

Director | I Spit on Your Grave

Steven R. Monroe is a true child of film. His entire immediate family was, or is, part of the entertainment industry. Monroe started very early in life making movies with his Super 8 camera when he was 8 years old and receiving his first paycheck in at the age of 12 in the film business. At 20 he ...

I Spit on Your Grave

38. Jee-woon Kim

Director | Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom

Jee-woon Kim was born on May 27, 1964 in Seoul, South Korea. He is known for his work on Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom (2008), A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) and I Saw the Devil (2010).

A Tale of Two Sisters

39. Cheol-ha Lee

Director | Storee obu wain

Cheol-ha Lee was born on September 12, 1970 in Seoul, Korea. He is a director and writer, known for Storee obu wain (2008), Sarang-ttawin piryo-eopseo (2006) and Nal Boreowayo (2016).

Deserted House

41. Andrew Lau

Director | East of West

Andrew Lau is a director and actor, known for East of West (2018) and Haunted Changi (2010).

Haunted Changi

42. Gustavo Hernández

Writer | La casa muda

Gustavo Hernández is a writer and producer, known for La casa muda (2010), Adicciones (2011) and Dios Local (2014).

La Casa Muda

43. Michael Costanza

Writer | Dante's Cove

Always on the pulse, this innovative and Award Winning writer/director began his career in the Art Department on feature films at Paramount. Mike Costanza then went on to direct music videos and shorts including the poignant Sundance favorite "Mama Said".

"Mama Said" is a critique of race relations ...

The Collingswood Story

The Clinic

45. Lucky McKee

Director | May

Born and raised in the small riverbank town of Jenny Lind in Calaveras County, California, Edward Lucky McKee grew up mostly in poverty with little access to modern forms of entertainment. When McKee was age ten, he used an old video camera to videotape his sister's birthday party which put him on ...

The Woman

46. Carlo Ledesma

Director | The Last One

Carlo Ledesma is a director and writer, known for The Last One (2009), Saving Sally (2016) and Locked (2006).

The Tunnel

47. Matthew Parkhill

Writer | Rogue

Matthew Parkhill is a writer, director and producer known for the TV series Rogue, and feature films The Caller and dot the i. He was born in London, England. His first novel was published in 1995 and Parkhill was hired to adapt it into a screenplay, which was how he got his start in the film ...

The Caller

48. The Vicious Brothers

Writer | Grave Encounters

The Vicious Brothers is the writing, directing collaboration between brothers Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz. Their debut feature film, "Grave Encounters", made on a shoe string budget had its world premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and has since become a cult hit worldwide. Forbes ...

Grave Encounters

49. Ben Wheatley

Director | Free Fire

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

Kill List

50. Hélène Cattet

Director | Amer

Hélène Cattet is a director and writer, known for Amer (2009), The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) and The ABCs of Death (2012).


51. Bruno Forzani

Director | Amer

Bruno Forzani is a director and writer, known for Amer (2009), The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) and The ABCs of Death (2012).


52. Sion Sono

Director | Ai no mukidashi

Shion Sono is a Japanese director, writer and poet. Born in Aichi Perfecture in 1961 he started his career working as a poet before taking his first steps in film directing. As a student he shot a series of short films in Super 8 and managed to make his first feature films in the late 80s and early...

53. Masafumi Yamada

Director | Tsuburo no gara

Masafumi Yamada was born in 1976 in Kyoto, Japan. He is a director and writer, known for Tsuburo no gara (2004), Teibô wa kôzui o matte iru (2005) and Hide and Go Kill 2 (2009).

Creepy Hide and Seek

54. Xavier Gens

Director | The Divide

Xavier Gens was born on April 27, 1975 in Dunkerque, Nord, France. He is a director and assistant director, known for The Divide (2011), Frontier(s) (2007) and Hitman (2007). He has been married to Mounia Meddour Gens since 2005.


Whispering Corridors 3: Wishing Stairs

56. Mike Flanagan

Editor | Gerald's Game

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 ...


57. Fernando Barreda Luna

Director | Atrocious

Fernando Barreda Luna was born on July 12, 1983 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico as Fernando Guillermo Barreda Luna. He is a director and writer, known for Atrocious (2010), Lady Truck and Kiss of Vengeance (2014).


58. Yam Laranas

Cinematographer | The Road

The Road

59. Nicholas McCarthy

Director | The Pact

Nicholas McCarthy is a director and writer, known for The Pact (2012), At the Devil's Door (2014) and Holidays (2016).

The Pact