Favorite Famous Directors!

by gattonero975 | created - 24 May 2012 | updated - 25 May 2016 | Public

These are some of my favorites and some of the ones I keep recognizing and keep seeing in the films I view. I will sometimes see a film just because of the director involved. Like my other list's, I will list some of the films I have seen with them as directors...and /or producers/writers.

1. John Sturges

Director | The Great Escape

John Sturges was born on January 3, 1910 in Oak Park, Illinois, USA as John Elliott Sturges. He was a director and producer, known for The Great Escape (1963), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Bad Day at Black Rock (1955). He was married to Katherine Helena Soules and Dorothy Lynn Brooks. He died ...

1951 The People Against O'Hara

1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

1959 Never So Few

1960 The Magnificent Seven

1963 The Great Escape

1973 Chino

2. George Miller

Producer | Mad Max: Fury Road

George Miller is an Australian film director, screenwriter, producer, and former medical doctor. He is best known for his Mad Max franchise, with Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) being hailed as amongst the greatest action films of all time. Aside from the Mad Max ...

1979 Mad Max

1981 Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment "4")

1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

1987 The Witches of Eastwick

3. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

Date of Birth 18 December 1946, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Birth Name Steven Allan Spielberg

Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Spouces: Kate Capshaw (12 October 1991 - present) (5 children)

Amy Irving (27 November 1985 - 2 February 1989) (divorced) (1 child)

TradeMarks: Uses powerful flashlights in dark scenes (Jurassic Park (1993); The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)). The outline of the beam is often made visible through dust, mist, or fog.

Frequently uses music by John Williams.

Often shows shooting stars (Jaws (1975)).

Onscreen performers staring, usually at something off-camera. He often uses images of the sun (Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), The Color Purple (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Saving Private Ryan (1998)).

His films often show children in some sort of danger. Consistent references to World War II.

Frequent references to Disney films, music, or theme parks.

Frequently uses a piano as an element in key scenes (Schindler's List (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Minority Report (2002)).

Important images, or characters, are often seen through the rear-view mirror of a car (Duel (1971), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), Schindler's List (1993), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)).

Frequently casts Tom Hanks, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Frank Welker and Tom Cruise.

Protagonists in his films often come from families with divorced parents, with fathers portrayed as reluctant, absent or irresponsible, most notably in _et: the Extra-Terrestrial_ (Elliot's mother is divorced and father is absent) and Catch Me If You Can (2002) (Frank Abagnale's mother and father split early in the film). This reflects Spielberg's own experience as a youth with his parents breaking up.

A common theme in many of his films is ordinary people who discover something extraordinary - people, places, artifacts, creatures, etc. (Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)).

Since Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), all of his movies have featured visual effects (even those that were undetected) by Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the F/X house created by his friend George Lucas. The only exception has been The Terminal (2004), which had F/X work by Digital Imageworks.

Is credited for starting the summer blockbuster tradition with 1975's first $100 million megahit, Jaws (1975).

His films are almost always edited by Michael Kahn.

Known on-set for being able to work and come up with ideas very quickly (the best example of this would be the filming of "Saving Private Ryan", where Spielberg came up with angles and shot ideas on the spot, due to the fact that the film was largely un-storyboarded). Perhaps this is a habit he picked up after the filming of "Jaws", which was, very famously, a torturously slow shoot due to technical problems.

Ardent champion of the "cutting-in-camera" philosophy Frequently uses (and helped re-popularize) the "dolly zoom" in-camera effect used to signify/evoke an impactful moment or realization, famously employed in "Jaws" upon Chief Brody witnessing the shark attack from his beach chair.

1969-1971 Night Gallery (TV Series) (2 episodes)

  • Make Me Laugh/Clean Kills and Other Trophies (1971) ... (segment "Make Me Laugh")
  • Night Gallery (1969) ... (segment "Eyes")

1971 Columbo (TV Series) (1 episode)
  • Murder by the Book (1971)

1971 Duel (TV Movie)

1974 The Sugarland Express

1975 Jaws

1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind

1979 1941

1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark

1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment "2")

1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

1985 Amazing Stories (TV Series) (2 episodes)
  • The Mission (1985)
  • Ghost Train (1985)

1985 The Color Purple

1987 Empire of the Sun

1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1993 Jurassic Park

1993 Schindler's List

1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park

1998 Saving Private Ryan

2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence

2002 Minority Report

2005 War of the Worlds

2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

4. Ted Kotcheff

Director | Weekend at Bernie's

William Theodore Kotcheff was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Bulgarian parents from Plovdiv. He graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto. He began his professional career directing TV drama at age 24 at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, at the time ...

1982 First Blood

1983 Uncommon Valor

1993 Red Shoe Diaries 3: Another Woman's Lipstick (Video)

1995 Family of Cops (TV Movie)

5. Reginald Hudlin

Director | House Party

Reginald Hudlin was born on December 15, 1961 in Centerville, Illinois, USA as Reginald Alan Hudlin. He is a producer and director, known for House Party (1990), Django Unchained (2012) and Marshall (2017). He has been married to Chrisette Suter since November 30, 2002. They have two children.

1990 House Party

1992 Boomerang

2009-2010 Modern Family (TV Series) (2 episodes)

  • Fears (2010)
  • Come Fly with Me (2009)

2010-2012 Psych (TV Series) (2 episodes)
  • True Grits (2012)
  • Ferry Tale (2010)

6. Robert Aldrich

Director | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Robert Aldrich entered the film industry in 1941 when he got a job as a production clerk at RKO Pictures. He soon worked his way up to script clerk, then became an assistant director, a production manager and an associate producer. He began writing and directing for TV series in the early 1950s, ...

Trade Mark

Frequently casts Wesley Addy

Directed in a considerable plethora of generas but almost all of his films contained a subversive undertone

Extreme and often selfish leading characters

As Director: The Doctor: Season 1, Episode 10 The Guest (26 Oct. 1952)

Four Star Playhouse: Season 2, Episode 5 The Witness (22 Oct. 1953)

1954 Apache 1954 Vera Cruz 1955 Kiss Me Deadly 1963 4 for Texas 1967 The Dirty Dozen 1974 The Longest Yard 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming 1979 The Frisco Kid

7. John Carpenter

Soundtrack | Escape from New York

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 ...

Date of Birth 16 January 1948, Carthage, New York, USA

Birth Name John Howard Carpenter

Nickname JC

Height 6' (1.83 m)

Spouse Sandy King (1 December 1990 - present) Adrienne Barbeau (1 January 1979 - 14 September 1984) (divorced) 1 child

Horror] Although Carpenter has directed films in numerous other genres (dark comedy, sci-fi, romance), he is known primarily for making horror films (Halloween (1978) and the subsequent sequels not directed by him. He is also known as the "Master of Horror" or the "Prince of Darkness" (after one of his films).

[Attribution] The words "John Carpenter's" appear before all of his film and TV titles (e.g., John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)).

Uses synthesizer-based soundtracks that he composes himself (Most famous for the theme song to Halloween (1978), obviously).

[Cheap Scare] Many of Carpenter's films include what he calls a "cheap scare", where something comes into view very fast and leaves just as quickly, intensified by musical cues. Carpenter makes open compositions that allow the villain/monster (or sometimes just an object) to pop into frame from the background, the immediate foreground or from either side of the frame. It has since become a horror cliché after using "cheap scares" so effectively in Halloween (1978).

[Apocalypse] Apocalyptic overtones run throughout Carpenter's films, most prominently in his unofficial but aptly titled Apocalypse Trilogy (The Thing (1982), Prince of Darkness (1987), In the Mouth of Madness (1994)) and more subtly in films like Halloween (1978), They Live (1988) and Escape from New York (1981).

His lead male characters are anti-heroes (e.g., Snake Plissken in the "Escape" films and Napoleon Wilson in Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)) whereas the bad guys in his films are usually depicted as zombie-like, mindless, and lacking a personality or emotion. Though many people die in his films, with few exceptions, he usually avoids showing gore.

[Cinematography] Uses minimalist cinematography and lighting. Tries to make empty spaces look full, and full spaces look empty. Shoots all of his movies in Panavision (2.35:1 ratio with anamorphic lenses). The exceptions are Dark Star (1974) and all of his TV work.

Is known for an unofficial "Carpenter's Repertory Group" of actors who he enjoys working with, including Kurt Russell, Sam Neill, Peter Jason, George 'Buck' Flower, and various crew members. Also frequently casts musicians (Ice Cube, Isaac Hayes, Alice Cooper, Jon Bon Jovi).

[Names] Likes to name characters after real life people: directors, etc. Also reuses character names from classic movies. For example, John T. Chance, Carpenter's pseudonym in for editing Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), is John Wayne's character in Rio Bravo (1959); Donald Pleasence's character name in Halloween (1978), Sam Loomis, is also the name of Janet Leigh's boyfriend in Psycho (1960). Frequently uses the character names "Tramer" and "Baxter" in different films as well.

[Video Screen] His films often feature important visuals shown from a video screen (The end-of-the-world transmission from the future in Prince of Darkness (1987), the Norwegian recordings of the expedition to uncover the aliens in The Thing (1982), various TV sets and the general anti-TV motif in They Live (1988), etc.).

Frequently makes references to classic Westerns

Includes at least one scene inside an automobile in nearly all his films. Likes to include helicopters in his films, many times doing a cameo as a pilot.

Underlying sense of paranoia in horror stories

Graphic visual effects and body transformations

Often references the works of Alfred Hitchcock

Films often take place in single confined locations

He has always claimed that the Western is his favorite genre but he's never made a full-length film within the genre.

He directed child actress Kim Richards in his second feature film, "Assault on Precinct 13", and directed Kim's sister Kyle Richards in his next film, "Halloween"

With the exception of Escape from L.A. (1996), he has rarely made a sequel to any of his films. Has said that he got forced into writing Halloween II (1981), but refused to direct it because he "didn't want to direct the same movie again".

Is a great fan of Sergio Leone and cast Lee Van Cleef in Escape from New York (1981) because of his work with Leone.

Is a major NBA fan and has a satellite dish installed on his location trailer to keep up with the games. Always has a portable basketball hoop on location.

In the movie Change of Habit (1969) Elvis Presley plays a character named John Carpenter. In 1979 Carpenter directed the TV movie Elvis (1979/I) (TV) starring his good friend Kurt Russell.

Is a fan of the Quartermass movies (The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Five Million Years to Earth (1967)), wrote Prince of Darkness (1987) under the pseudonym of Martin Quatermass, and the village in In the Mouth of Madness (1994) is named after a rail station in "Quatermass and the Pit".

Appears in his own films under the name Rip Haight, appearing in in The Fog (1980), Starman (1984), Body Bags (1993) (TV), and Village of the Damned (1995).


2005-2006 Masters of Horror (TV series) – John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns (2005) 2001 Ghosts of Mars 1998 Vampires 1996 Escape from L.A. 1995 Village of the Damned 1993 Body Bags (TV movie) (segments "Gas Station, The" and "Hair") 1988 They Live 1987 Prince of Darkness 1986 Big Trouble in Little China 1984 Starman 1983 Christine 1982 The Thing 1981 Escape from New York 1980 The Fog 1979/I Elvis (TV movie) 1978 Halloween 1976 Assault on Precinct 13 1974 Dark Star


2005 The Fog (producer) 2002 Vampires: Los Muertos (executive producer) 1993 Body Bags (TV movie) (executive producer) 1986 Black Moon Rising (executive producer) 1984 The Philadelphia Experiment (executive producer) 1982 Halloween III: Season of the Witch (producer) 1981 Halloween II (producer) 1978 Halloween (producer - uncredited) 1974 Dark Star (producer)

As WRITER: 2007 Halloween (1978 screenplay) 2005 The Fog (1980 screenplay) 2005 Assault on Precinct 13 (earlier film) 2004 Michael Vs. Jason (short) (characters) 2002 Halloween: Resurrection (characters) 2001 Ghosts of Mars (written by) 1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (characters) 1996 Escape from L.A. (characters / written by) 1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (characters) 1989 Halloween 5 (characters) 1988 They Live (screenplay / as Frank Armitage) 1987 Prince of Darkness (written by / as Martin Quatermass) 1986 Black Moon Rising (screenplay / story) 1982 Halloween III: Season of the Witch (uncredited) 1981 Halloween II (written by) 1981 Escape from New York (written by) 1980 The Fog (written by) 1978 Someone's Watching Me! (TV movie) (written by) 1978 Halloween (screenplay) 1978 Eyes of Laura Mars (screenplay / story) 1976 Assault on Precinct 13 (written by) 1974 Dark Star (original story and screenplay) 1970 The Resurrection of Broncho Billy (short) (story)

As ACTOR: 1995 Village of the Damned Man at Gas Station Phone (as Rip Haight) 1994 The Silence of the Hams Trenchcoat Man/Gimp 1993 Body Bags (TV movie) The Coroner (segment "The Morgue") 1986 The Boy Who Could Fly The Coupe de Villes 1986 Big Trouble in Little China Worker in Chinatown (uncredited) 1984 Starman Man in Helicopter (uncredited) 1982 The Thing Norwegian (video footage) (uncredited) 1981 Escape from New York Secret Service #2/Helicopter Pilot/Violin Player (voice) (uncredited) 1980 The Fog Bennett (uncredited) 1978 Halloween Paul, Annie's Boyfriend (voice) (uncredited) 1976 Assault on Precinct 13 Gang Member (uncredited) 1974 Dark Star Talby voice (uncredited)


2009 Halloween II (composer: theme music) 2007 Halloween (composer: theme music) 2002 Halloween: Resurrection (composer: theme "Halloween") 2001 Ghosts of Mars (musician, orchestrator) 1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (composer: theme music) 1998 Vampires (musician: rhythm guitar and synthesizers) 1995 Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (composer: theme "Halloween") 1989 Halloween 5 (composer: theme "Halloween") 1988 Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (composer: theme "Halloween") 1982 The Thing (composer: additional music - uncredited)

8. Roger Corman

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

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...

Date of Birth 5 April 1926, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Birth Name Roger William Corman

Nickname King of the Bs

Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Julie Corman (23 December 1970 - present) 4 children

In the early years of the American Releasing Corporation (later American International Pictures), he became one of their major sources of product for distribution. He would be given a sum of money and an advertising campaign (or somethimes just a title) and he would have to come up with the scripts and produce the films.

If he had to shoot a film on location, he would always try to shoot a second film at that same location in order to spread out the costs.

In the new decade of the 1960s, he decided that he wanted to do something that would advance his career. When American International offered him a sum of money to create another one of their low-budget black-and-white double features, he countered with an offer to use the same money to shoot a single feature in color and Cinemascope. American International finally agreed to this offer. It led to the production of House of Usher (1960). The gamble paid off and the film became a box-office hit and generated something that was unusual for an AIP release - critical praise. This was followed by what became known as Corman's "Poe series.".

A running gag in Hollywood was that Corman could negotiate the production of a film on a pay phone, shoot the film in the booth, and finance it with the money in the change slot.

His film The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) set a world's record for the shortest shooting schedule for a feature film...Two days!.

Frequently has cameos or bit parts in the films of many successful filmmakers who got their start working for him, such as Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante and Francis Ford Coppola.

Corman, as a director and/or producer, is credited with starting and/or mentoring the careers of many now-famous film directors, such as Jonathan Demme, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard, John Sayles, James Cameron, Joe Dante, and Martin Scorsese, and writers such as Robert Towne, and John Sayles. He also discovered/gave early roles to then-unknown actors and actresses such as Jack Nicholson, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Diane Ladd, and Sandra Bullock.

An indication of Corman's influence in Hollywood: Though no Roger Corman-produced movies were up for Oscars at the 1974 Academy Awards, nearly every major category featured wins or nominations by "Corman School" graduates - those whom Corman had either started in the business or mentored early in their careers.

Although his films were notable for the flair and mobility with which he composed for wide-screen, Corman revealed in Cinema Retro magazine (Issue #18) that he hadn't originally wanted to shoot his cult Poe series in Panavision. "I thought the anamorphic lens was better suited to westerns, whereas I was shooting in these contained little sets. But that was a decision made by AIP (American International Pictures). They were convinced that just using that lens would not only make the pictures look bigger but sound bigger in the ads".

1958 Machine-Gun Kelly

1960 The Little Shop of Horrors

1963 The Raven

1963 The Terror

1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

1970 Bloody Mama

1978 Deathsport (uncredited)

1980 Battle Beyond the Stars (uncredited)

1990 Frankenstein Unbound

9. Wes Craven

Writer | A Nightmare on Elm Street

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 ...

Date of Birth 2 August 1939, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Birth Name Wesley Earl Craven

Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse Iya Labunka (27 November 2004 - present) Mimi Craven (25 July 1982 - 1987) (divorced) Bonnie Broecker (1964 - 1969) (divorced) 2 children

Trade Mark

On-going in-joke feud with Sam Raimi

Family issues, specifically family breakdown

His characters often use elaborate booby traps, to capture the villain

Often features strong female characters

His unglamorous depictions of sadistic and realistically brutal killers

His protagonists are often ordinary characters caught in extraordinary and Horrific circumstances

Brutal and graphic depiction of violence

Villains are often deformed and monstrous looking

His horror films often contain important social issues (e.g. The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes)

Children in his films are often deformed or brutally murdered, often by the main villain

1972 The Last House on the Left

1977 The Hills Have Eyes

1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street

1985 The Hills Have Eyes Part II

1985-1986 The Twilight Zone (TV series) – Wordplay/Dreams for Sale/Chameleon (1985) (segment "Chameleon" / segment "Wordplay") – Shatterday/A Little Peace and Quiet (1985) (segment "A Little Peace and Quiet" / segment "Shatterday")

1994 New Nightmare 1995 Vampire in Brooklyn

1996 Scream

1997 Scream 2

2005 Red Eye

10. 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, Milton Cronenberg, was a journalist and editor, and his mother, Esther (Sumberg), was a piano player. After showing an inclination for literature at an early...

Date of Birth 15 March 1943, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name David Paul Cronenberg

Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse Carolyn Zeifman (1979 - present) 2 children Margaret Hindson (1970 - 1977) (divorced) 1 child

Trade Mark

His films generally involve the horror caused by a mutation, by a parasite, or by particular medical conditions.

Uses dark backgrounds

Films often include explicit carnage

Frequent references to the Flesh or the New Flesh

Frequently uses the music of Howard Shore

Frequently casts Robert A. Silverman

Movies about crime families

Frequently casts Viggo Mortensen and Vincent Cassel

Often uses Canada as a filming location (The Fly (1986), _A History Of Violence (2005)_, Videodrome (1983), Dead Ringers (1988)

His father was a journalist and his mother played the piano. These roles are reversed in The Fly (1986), in which Jeff Goldblum plays the piano to impress Geena Davis, who plays a journalist.

John Carpenter paid homage to him in Escape from New York (1981). One of the United States Police Force guards is on the line with Hauk, then adds that Cronenberg is on the line for him. Another person paid homage to in the movie was George A. Romero, who had Isaac Hayes's right-hand man named after him.

2005 A History of Violence 1986 The Fly 1983 The Dead Zone 1983 Videodrome 1981 Scanners 1979 The Brood

11. Sean S. Cunningham

Producer | Friday the 13th

Like William Girdler, Oliver Hellman or even Ed Wood, Sean S. Cunningham had a successful career of starting films cheap and fast. Originally from New York, Cunningham had a vast knowledge of directing films and came to Hollywood. He started about the same time Wes Craven did. Cunningham meets ...

Date of Birth 31 December 1941 , New York City, New York, USA

Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Spouse: Susan E. Cunningham (? - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark: Uses atmospheric cinematography from Barry Abrams in both Friday the 13th and A Stranger is Watching.

Directed the chase sequence in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

As Director: 1980 Friday the 13th

1989 DeepStar Six

As Producer: 1972 The Last House on the Left (producer)

1980 Friday the 13th (producer)

1986 House (producer)

1987 House II: The Second Story (producer)

1989 DeepStar Six (producer)

1989 The Horror Show (producer)

1993 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (producer)

2001 Jason X (executive producer)

2003 Freddy vs. Jason (producer)

2009 Friday the 13th (producer)

12. 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 ...

Date of Birth 28 January 1959, Montbéliard, Doubs, France

Height 6' (1.83 m)

Trade Mark

Frequently makes adaptations of stories or novels by Stephen King.

Often casts actors Jeffrey DeMunn and William Sadler in his movies

He was born in 1959 in a refugee camp in France, where his parents were briefly resettled after the Soviet crushing of the 1956 Budapest uprising.

After closely working for more than a year with Steven Spielberg on a script for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the script was personally rejected by producer George Lucas who had taken it upon himself to rewrite the script to his liking. Spielberg loved the script, but deferred to longtime pal Lucas on the matter.

Has directed 2 actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Morgan Freeman (Best Actor, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)) and Michael Clarke Duncan (Best Supporting Actor, The Green Mile (1999).

As Director:

1999 The Green Mile

2010 The Walking Dead (TV series) – Days Gone Bye (2010)

As Writer:

1987 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (screenplay)

1988 The Blob (screenplay)

1989 The Fly II (screenplay)

1990-1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV series) – Showdown (1992) (teleplay) – The Ventriloquist's Dummy (1990) (screenplay)

1994 Frankenstein (screenplay)

1999 The Green Mile (screenplay) The Walking Dead" (27 episodes )

Days Gone Bye (31 October 2010) - Writer (developer) (teleplay) , executive producer , Director Guts (7 November 2010) - Writer (developer) (written by) , executive producer Tell It to the Frogs (14 November 2010) - Writer (developer) (teleplay) , executive producer Vatos (21 November 2010) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Wildfire (28 November 2010) - Writer (developer) , executive producer TS-19 (5 December 2010) - Writer (developer) (written by) , executive producer What Lies Ahead (16 October 2011) - Writer (developer) (written by) (as Ardeth Bey) , executive producer Bloodletting (23 October 2011) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Save the Last One (30 October 2011) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Cherokee Rose (6 November 2011) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Chupacabra (13 November 2011) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Secrets (20 November 2011) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Pretty Much Dead Already (27 November 2011) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Nebraska (12 February 2012) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Triggerfinger (19 February 2012) - Writer (developer) , executive producer 18 Miles Out (26 February 2012) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Judge, Jury, Executioner (4 March 2012) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Better Angels (11 March 2012) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Beside the Dying Fire (18 March 2012) - Writer (developer) , executive producer Seed (14 October 2012) - Writer (developer) Sick (21 October 2012) - Writer (developer) Walk with Me (28 October 2012) - Writer (developer) Episode #3.4 (4 November 2012) - Writer (developer) Episode #3.5 (11 November 2012) - Writer (developer) Episode #3.6 (18 November 2012) - Writer (developer) Episode #3.7 (25 November 2012) - Writer (developer) Episode #3.8 (2 December 2012) - Writer (developer)

13. Roland Emmerich

Writer | Independence Day

Roland Emmerich is a German film director and producer of blockbuster films like The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Godzilla (1998), Independence Day (1996) and The Patriot (2000). Before fame, he originally wanted to be a production designer, but decided to be a director, after watching the original ...

Date of Birth 10 November 1955, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Nickname Das Spielbergle aus Sindelfingen (South German dialect for "Little Spielberg from Sindelfingen")

Trade Mark

Often features an object crashing into the camera (Independence Day (1996))

Often features an insert or zoom-in shot of a villain's eyes widening when meeting demise (Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996)).

All of his major films have featured a couple kissing in front of a luminous background.

Often features the number "44" somewhere in his films in reference to his movie Moon 44 (1990).

Movies frequently feature a scene with rain

Large-scale disaster films (Independence Day (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), 2012 (2009/I)).

Often uses a shot of a teacup and saucer rattling wildly to demonstrate a strong vibration.

Often uses extreme telephoto lenses with very deep focus in his shots so that all elements are in sharp focus.

Often uses father / son themes in movies.

1990 Moon 44 1992 Universal Soldier

1994 Stargate

1996 Independence Day

1998 Godzilla 2000 The Patriot 2004 The Day After Tomorrow 2008 10,000 BC 2009- '2012'

14. Hugh Hudson

Director | Chariots of Fire

Hugh Hudson was born on August 25, 1936 in London, England. He is a director and producer, known for Chariots of Fire (1981), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and The Tortoise and the Hare (1966). He has been married to Maryam d'Abo since November 2003. He was previously ...

Date of Birth 25 August 1936 , London, England, UK

Spouses: Maryam d'Abo (November 2003 - present)

Susan Caroline Michie (1977 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

1981 Chariots of Fire

1984 Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes

1985 Revolution

1989 Lost Angels

2000 I Dreamed of Africa

15. Spike Lee

Director | Do the Right Thing

Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, he moved from pre-civil rights Georgia, to Brooklyn, New York. Lee came from artistic, education-grounded background; his father was a jazz musician, and his mother, a schoolteacher. He attended ...

Date of Birth 20 March 1957, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Birth Name Shelton Jackson Lee

Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Spouse Tonya Lewis Lee (2 October 1993 - present) 2 children

Trade Mark

Frequently casts himself

Frequently casts John Turturro,Samuel L. Jackson, Delroy Lindo, Kim Director'. and Roger Guenveur Smith

His films frequently involve African Americans and African-American themes

Films called "A Spike Lee Joint"

Frequently has characters directly address the camera. Frequently places actors on dollies to achieve a gliding or rotating effect against the background of the shot.

His films often have the phrase "Wake Up!" as in an urging to the awakening of maturity and social conscience.

Baseball: Every one of his narrative feature films makes reference to baseball teams and players.

Often casts Denzel Washington

Frequently uses a technique he calls the "double dolly." This is where the camera and the subject are placed on a dolly and pushed through the scene. This makes the subject look like they are floating or gliding.

Frequently casts Michael Imperioli

1989 Do the Right Thing

1992 Malcolm X

1995 Clockers

1997 Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (video documentary) (video "They Don't Care About Us")

2000 The Original Kings of Comedy (documentary)

16. John McTiernan

Director | Die Hard

John McTiernan was born on January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA as John Campbell McTiernan Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Die Hard (1988), Predator (1987) and Last Action Hero (1993). He has been married to Gail Sistrunk since 2012. He was previously married to Kate Harrington, ...

Date of Birth 8 January 1951, Albany, New York, USA

Birth Name John Campbell McTiernan Jr.

Height 6' (1.83 m)

Spouse Kate Harrington (19 July 2003 - present) 2 children Donna Dubrow (1988 - 1997) (divorced) Carol Land (12 October 1974 - ?) (divorced)

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Often shows characters speaking in a foreign, unsubtitled language. According to McTiernan, this habit comes from the countless foreign films he saw as a student.

Films often feature lens flare (Die Hard (1988) even had a sound effect synced up to a flare).

Often works with Australian cinematographers Donald McAlpine, Dean Semler, Peter Menzies Jr. and Steve Mason.

Frequently casts Sven-Ole Thorsen in minor roles. (Predator (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Last Action Hero (1993), and The 13th Warrior (1999)).

Enjoys working with the composers of the James Bond franchise (Bill Conti, Michael Kamen, Eric Serra).

Known for directing violent, high-energy action-adventures (Predator (1987), Die Hard (1988), The Hunt for Red October (1990)).

In a criminal-wiretapping case filed by the U.S. District Attorney for Los Angeles, John McTiernan plead guilty to lying to F.B.I. agents about requesting to have Anthony Pellicano investigate producer Charles Roven during production of Rollerball (2002). Sentenced to four months in federal prison on 09/24/07, plea was withdrawn and restated as innocent since statement had been given to FBI when McTiernan was admittedly suffering jet-lag and drunk after arriving in US from UK trip. Case was tried and US conviction was handed down on 10/4/2010 by US District Judge Dale Fischer with one-year sentence and $100,000 USD fine against McTiernan. McTiernan's attorneys announced intent to appeal and he is currently free on appeal.

1987 Predator

1988 Die Hard

1990 The Hunt for Red October

1993 Last Action Hero

1995 Die Hard: With a Vengeance

2002 Rollerball

2003 Basic

17. Phillip Noyce

Producer | Rabbit-Proof Fence

Born in the Australian outback town of Griffith, New South Wales, Phillip Noyce moved to Sydney with his family at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was introduced to underground films produced on shoestring budgets as well as mainstream American movies. He was 18 when he made his first film, the 15...

Date of Birth 29 April 1950, Griffith, New South Wales, Australia

Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Spouse Vuyo Dyasi (2006 - present) 1 child Jan Sharp (1979 - 2004) 2 children Jan Chapman (December 1971 - 1977) (divorced)

1989 Dead Calm 1985-1989 The Hitchhiker (TV series) – Nightshift (1985)

1989 Blind Fury 1992 Patriot Games

1993 Sliver

1994 Clear and Present Danger 1997 The Saint

18. David Nutter

Director | Game of Thrones

David Nutter was born in 1960 in the USA. He is a director and producer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Pacific (2010) and Space: Above and Beyond (1995). He was previously married to Birgit Nutter.

1996-1997 Millennium (TV Series) (4 episodes)

  • Loin Like a Hunting Flame (1997)
  • 522666 (1996)
  • Gehenna (1996)
  • Pilot (1996)

2000 Dark Angel (TV Series) (1 episode)
  • Pilot (2000)

2001 Smallville (TV Series) (2 episodes)
  • Unaired Pilot (2001)
  • Pilot (2001)

2005 Supernatural (TV Series) (2 episodes)
  • Wendigo (2005)
  • Pilot (2005)

2008 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (TV Series) (3 episodes)
  • Samson & Delilah (2008)
  • Gnothi Seauton (2008)
  • Pilot (2008)

2014 The Flash (TV Series) (1 episode)
  • Pilot (2014)

19. Sam Raimi

Director | Spider-Man

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 (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...

Date of Birth 23 October 1959, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA

Birth Name Samuel Marshall Raimi

Nickname Sammy

Height 5' 11" (1.80 m)

Spouse Gillian Greene (1993 - present) 5 children

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[Three Stooges] He uses Stooge-like sequences in many of his movies (especially in the Evil Dead films). Raimi is a huge fan of The Three Stooges. He made many super-8 films that resembled classic Stoogeshorts.

[Shemp] Often credits a character called a "Shemp", another homage to The Three Stooges. Most frequently, it is a "Fake Shemp", a reference to the Three Stooges shorts where a stunt man was used in place of Shemp Howard.

Often has a voiceover from a principal character at the end of his films (Army of Darkness (1992), all the Spider-Man films).

On-going in-joke feud with Wes Craven

Frequently casts Bruce Campbell, 'Theodore Craven', J.K. Simmons, and his brother Ted Raimi.

Kinetic, wild camera movement (Includes the Evil Dead and Spider-Man films)

Likes the "whip pan," possibly inspired by Martin Scorsese

Frequently figures out difficult shots by "reverse motion acting" (filming the actor acting backwards and playing in reverse).

Usually wears a jacket and tie on the set of his films, a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock.

Often includes scenes in his movies in which large clocks/clock towers play important parts (The Quick and the Dead (1995), Spider-Man 2 (2004)).

Always has his car (a yellow 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 dubbed "the classic") somewhere visible to the audience in all of his films (including a modified covered wagon, according to Bruce Campbell, in The Quick and the Dead (1995)). It is even visible in the Spider-Man (2002) trailer (the car that Spider-man jumps on).

[POV] Often features a shot from the point-of-view of the villain/monster (The Dark Spirit in the Evil Dead films, the camera view of Doc Ock's mechanical tentacles in Spider-Man 2 (2004), the black blob from outer space in Spider-Man 3 (2007)).

Often collaborates with the Coen Brothers

Supernatural and Fantasy Themes

References to Classic Comedy and Horror Films

Known for inflicting physical Violence on main characters either with large violent scenes or smaller ones throughout

Bloody but comical set pieces

Known for humorously "Abusing" actors,i.e,hitting Them with tree branches to simulate getting hit with debris,throwing popcorn at Them.

Frequently films scenes in which a main character is on the receiving end of an extremely brutal attack

References to the works of Alfred Hitchcock

Unflinchingly graphic and brutal depiction of Violence

His characters are often ordinary individuals caught up in extraordinary circumstances

As Director:

1981 The Evil Dead

1995 The Quick and the Dead 1992 Army of Darkness 1990 Darkman 1987 Evil Dead II

2009 Drag Me to Hell 2007 Spider-Man 3 2004 Spider-Man 2 2002 Spider-Man

As Producer:

1981 The Evil Dead (executive producer)

1994 Hercules and the Amazon Women (TV movie) (executive producer) 1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. (TV movie) (executive producer) 1993 Hard Target (executive producer) 1992 Darkman (TV movie) (executive producer)

1994-1997 M.A.N.T.I.S. (TV series) (executive producer - 22 episodes)

1995-1999 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV series) (executive producer - 111 episodes)

1995-2001 Xena: Warrior Princess (TV series) (executive producer - 134 episodes)

2007 30 Days of Night (producer)

20. Ridley Scott

Producer | The Martian

Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...

Date of Birth 30 November 1937, South Shields, County Durham (now South Shields, Tyne & Wear), England, UK

Nickname R-Scott Rid

Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Spouse Sandy Watson (24 May 1979 - 12 January 1989) (divorced) 1 child Felicity Heywood (March 1964 - 15 December 1975) (divorced) 2 children Trade Mark

[Stunning visuals] He personally sketches most of his own storyboards, left-handed, with great artistic style (The Duellists (1977), Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Legend (1985), Black Rain (1989), Thelma & Louise (1991), 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008)).

[Strong female characters] This includes Sigourney Weaver in Alien (1979), Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon in Thelma & Louise (1991), Alison Lohman in Matchstick Men (2003), all the female characters in A Good Year (2006), Cate Blanchett and Eileen Atkins in Robin Hood (2010), and even the female athlete in the Superbowl ad "1984" for Apple Computers.

Being the actors' director that he is, Scott favors extensive use of the two-camera 'V' set-up, thus enabling his actors to play more fluidly off one another without being constantly interrupted by calls to "Cut!".

Frequently uses music by Hans Zimmer

Begins most films with an info card sequence/montage (Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001)).

Frequently casts Russell Crowe (Gladiator (2000), A Good Year (2006), American Gangster (2007), Body of Lies (2008), and Robin Hood (2010)).

Usually incorporates snapshot photography into edited sequences (A Good Year (2006)).

Usually casts / works with actors who have a strong theatre background and are graduates of drama school. He likes to be personally involved with the casting of his movies as well.

Is the father of "director's cut" (Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Gladiator (2000)).

Does not use a lot of wide lenses; tends towards longer focal lengths

Sweeping landscapes/backdrops - at times, with close-up of a character's face in foreground - as shown in Gladiator (2000) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005).

Black Hawk Down (2001) is dedicated to his mother, who died in 2001.

Directed a Maxwell House coffee commercial that starred Shakira Caine. Michael Caine saw the commercial and was so taken by her beauty, he desperately searched for her. They have been married 30 years.

He cast his partner in life, Giannina Facio, in all of his films since Gladiator (2000).

Suffers from claustrophobia, a condition he actively sought to instill in his Alien (1979) cast by making their Nostromo living quarters as cramped as possible.

Coming from an army and fine arts background, he is an inveterate stickler for detail who tackles each movie project with the vehemence of a general with a battle plan. His persistent scrutiny of minutiae on the Alien (1979) shoot prompted Sigourney Weaver to complain that he cared more about his props and sets than he did about his cast.

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to the Film Industry.

1977 The Duellists

1979 Alien

1982 Blade Runner

1985 Legend

1987 Someone to Watch Over Me

1989 Black Rain

1991 Thelma & Louise

1997 G.I. Jane

2000 Gladiator

2001 Hannibal

2001 Black Hawk Down

2012 Prometheus

21. Paul Verhoeven

Director | Zwartboek

Paul Verhoeven graduated from the University of Leiden, with a degree in math and physics. He entered the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he began his film career by making documentaries for the Navy and later for TV. In 1969, he directed the popular Dutch TV series, Floris (1969), about a medieval ...

Date of Birth 18 July 1938, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse Martine Verhoeven (7 April 1967 - present) 3 children

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Famous for his extremely violent, yet intelligent, science fiction films (RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997) and Hollow Man (2000)).

Frequently works with screenwriter Gerard Soeteman (on his Dutch films), photographer Jost Vacano, and Rutger Hauer (Turkish Delight (1973), Keetje Tippel (1975), Soldier of Orange (1977), Spetters (1980) and Flesh+Blood (1985)).

A lot of his films include media coverage of some kind, ranging from real archive footage (Soldier of Orange (1977) ) to fictional news (RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997)) and sportscasts (Spetters (1980)).

Heavy use of Christian symbolism (Turkish Delight (1973),Spetters (1980), The Fourth Man (1983), Flesh+Blood (1985), RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992) )

Sexually-charged subject matter (Turkish Delight (1973), Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995) and Black Book (2006)).

His films usually have the two main antagonists hostile to each other (Dick Jones and Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop (1987), Cohaagen and Richter in Total Recall (1990), Catherine Trammel and Beth Garner, the two main suspects in Basic Instinct (1992), who were possibly framing each other and Ludwig Muntze and Gunther Franken in Black Book (2006))

Use of Nazi symbolism/imagery. Examples: The characters played by Kurtwood Smith in Robocop and Neil Patrick Harris in Starship Troopers are patterned after Heimrich Himler of Hitler's SS. The society of Earth in Starship Troopers is patterned after Nazi Germany.

Strong visual style with heavy use of special effects

1973 Turkish Delight

1977 Soldier of Orange

1980 Spetters

1985 Flesh+Blood 1986 The Hitchhiker (TV series) – Last Scene (1986)

1987 RoboCop

1990 Total Recall 1992 Basic Instinct 1997 Starship Troopers

22. Joss Whedon

Writer | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon is the middle of five brothers - his younger brothers are Jed Whedon and Zack Whedon. Both his father, Tom Whedon and his grandfather, John Whedon were successful television writers. Joss' mother, Lee Stearns, was a history teacher and she also wrote novels as Lee Whedon. Whedon was ...

Date of Birth 23 June 1964, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name Joseph Hill Whedon

Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse Kai Cole (? - present) 2 children

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Plans storylines far in advance for all his television series, allowing for remarkable long-term continuity.

Frequent use of nouns as adjectives, by adding the suffix "-y"

Features tough, strong female characters

Kills off characters who are among his most popular, to keep his audiences surprised.

Supernatural and science fiction themes

Often gives his characters names that are later revealed to be their last names and/or based on an unusual abbreviation for their full name. For example: only after the character Oz had already left "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) did the show reveal that "Oz" was an abbreviation of his full name, Daniel Osbourne; on "Angel," they did not clarify that Doyle was actually the character's last name for many episodes; "Xander," the name of a main Buffy character, is a much less usual nickname for "Alexander" than the much more common "Alex;" and likewise for the name "Topher," the name of a main "Dollhouse" (2009) character, which is a much less usual nickname for "Christopher" than the much more common "Chris.".

Frequently casts Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk

References to classic stories and films, through storytelling methods and direct reference in dialogue

Trivia: Whedon's children have his wife's last name, not his.

Whedon, who has made his support of feminist causes well known and who has built much of his career writing films and TV shows about empowered teenage girls or young women, was a subscriber to Sassy, an American feminist magazine for teenage girls. Sassy was published between 1988-1994, which means that Whedon (who was born in 1964) would have been far into his late 20s or early 30s while receiving the publication.

An active supporter of gay rights.

Rewrote the script for Speed (1994) uncredited.

Has cited the X-Men character Kitty Pryde (AKA Shadowcat) as a major influence for the character of Buffy.

After receiving a degree in film studies from Wesleyan University, Whedon moved to Los Angeles and landed his first writing job on the staff of "Roseanne" (1988), working as a story editor and writing several episodes of the top-rated series. He later pulled double duty on the NBC series "Parenthood" (1990), co-producing and writing a number of episodes.

Writing is clearly in his blood, since he could arguably be the world's first third-generation television writer. His grandfather was a successful sitcom writer in the 1950s and '60s on "The Donna Reed Show" (1958) and "Leave It to Beaver" (1957), and his father wrote for the likes of "The Dick Cavett Show" (1968), "Alice" (1976) and "Benson" (1979).

1996-2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series)

1999-2004 Angel (TV series)

2011 Thor (director: post-credits scene - uncredited)

2012 The Avengers

As Writer:

1989 Roseanne (TV series) – Chicken Hearts - Chicken Hearts (1989) (written by) – Brain-Dead Poets Society (1989) (written by) – House of Grown-Ups (1989) (written by) – Little Sister (1989) (written by)

1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (written by)

1997 Alien: Resurrection (written by)

2000 Titan A.E. (screenplay)

1996-2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series)

1999-2004 Angel (TV series)

2011 The Cabin in the Woods (written by)

2012 The Avengers (screenplay / story)

23. Rob Zombie

Director | The Devil's Rejects

Robert Bartleh Cummings, more famously known as Rob Zombie, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He is the oldest son of Louise and Robert Cummings, and has a younger brother, Michael David (aka Spider One; b. 1968), who is the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Growing up, Zombie ...

Date of Birth 12 January 1965, Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name Robert Bartleh Cummings

Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse Sheri Moon Zombie (31 October 2002 - present)

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Gruff vocals

Often casts Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley and Tom Towles in his films.

Uses clips of old horror movies in his music videos and films

His Beard

Remakes of Horror Films

Graphic depiction of Violence

Heavily tattooed arms

Originally stated he would never do a sequel to Halloween (2007), until the studio decided to make Halloween II (2009). Then he signed on to write and direct, because he didn't want someone to ruin his vision. He did not sign on to direct the second sequel Halloween III (????).

Avoids doing casting himself or even giving himself cameos in any of his films. He has said that, as a director, he doesn't feel comfortable in front of the camera and generally feels that directors should focus on directing rather than being in the film.

Has a 12-foot stuffed bear in his living room. He also has a sarcophagus, an enormous Boris Karloff poster, a green, scaly Creature from the Black Lagoon statue, and real baby bats which have mounted and framed.

Long-time vegetarian.

Member of the unofficial "Splat Pack," a term coined by film historian Alan Jones in Total Film magazine for the modern wave of directors making brutally violent horror films. The other "Splat Pack" members are Alexandre Aja, Darren Lynn Bousman, Neil Marshall, Greg Mclean, Eli Roth, James Wan & Leigh Whannell.

Collector of classic movie posters including horror films and the classic Marx Brothers films, after whom he named several of the characters in House of 1000 Corpses (2003) (Otis Driftwood, Captain Spaulding, etc.).

He has a pair of boots that he's been wearing for over 20 years.

Brother Spider One is "Spider", lead singer of the metal band Powerman 5000.

2009 Halloween II 2008 Michael Lives: The Making of 'Halloween' (video documentary) 2007 Halloween 2007 Grindhouse (fake trailer segment "Werewolf Women of the S.S.") 2005 The Devil's Rejects 2003 House of 1000 Corpses

24. Sam Firstenberg

Director | One More Chance

Since 1980 Sam Firstenberg has been in the independent filmmaking field. Directing 22 theatrical feature films since completing his graduate studies in film at Loyola Marymount University. One More Chance (1983), starring Kirstie Alley, won prizes in major film festivals and sparked the beginning ...

Date of Birth 13 March 1950, Poland

Birth Name Shmulik Firstenberg

1983 Revenge of the Ninja 1984 Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo 1984 Ninja III: The Domination 1985 American Ninja 1986 Avenging Force 1987 American Ninja 2: The Confrontation 1992 American Samurai

25. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...

Date of Birth 11 March 1887, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death 31 December 1980, Simi Valley, California, USA

Birth Name Albert Edward Walsh

Nickname Uncle

Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Spouse Mary Simpson (1947 - 1980) (his death) Lorraine Miller (20 August 1928 - 1947) (divorced) Miriam Cooper (1916 - 1926) (divorced) 2 adopted sons

Trade Mark Although he directed in numerous "manly" genres, he is principally remembered as a master of crime dramas


Final resting place: Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Simi Valley, California.

Lost his right eye and lead role on location for In Old Arizona (1928) when a jackrabbit leaped into the windshield of his car.

Is portrayed by Kyle Chandler in And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003) (TV).

He often repeated Jack Pickford's wisecrack about him: "Your idea of light comedy is to burn down a whorehouse."

1941 High Sierra

1942 Gentleman Jim

1949 White Heat

26. Steve Miner

Director | Warlock

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, Amy Steel Rick Moranis, and Bill Pullman.

Before becoming a director, ...

Date of Birth 18 June 1951 , Westport, Connecticut, USA

Birth Name Stevan W. Miner

Spouse: Susan (17 September 1977 - present)

Prefers to think of Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) as Halloween II (1981) instead of the chronologically correct "Halloween VII".

The only director to direct more than one film in the Friday the 13th series.

1981 Friday the 13th Part 2

1982 Friday the 13th Part III

1986 House

1986 Soul Man

1989 Warlock

1991 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken

1998 Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

2002 Smallville (TV Series) (1 episode)

  • Duplicity (2002)

2003 Karen Sisco (TV Series) (1 episode)
  • Nostalgia (2003)

2008 Day of the Dead

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