Top Directors Who Went From Horror/Thriller To Blockbusters

by Deadpool2016 | created - 1 month ago | updated - 1 day ago | Public

Hollywood always try to hire indie comedy directors to helm their big budget movies, it doesn’t always work (unless it’s the MCU) but theirs a different way, Hire Directors from from a horror or suspense driven movie backround. Here are some examples of why it works

1. 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, ...

HORROR: Jaws

BLOCKBUSTER: Close Encounters, Indiana Jones, E.T, Jurassic Park

2. Peter Jackson

Producer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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,...

HORROR: Bad Taste, Braindead, The Frighteners

BLOCKBUSTER: The Middle-Earth Franchise, King Kong

3. James Cameron

Writer | Avatar

James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...

HORROR: The Terminator, Aliens

BLOCKBUSTER: Terminator 2, True Lies, Avatar

4. 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), Last Action Hero (1993) and Predator (1987). He has been married to Gail Sistrunk since 2012. He was previously married to Kate Harrington, ...

HORROR: Nomads, Predator

BLOCKBUSTER: Die Hard, The Hunt For Red October, The Thomas Crown Affair, Last Action Hero

5. 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 ...

HORROR: Halloween, The Fog, The Thing

BLOCKBUSTER: Escape From New York, Big Trouble In Little China, They Live

6. 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 ...

HORROR: The Evil Dead, The Gift, Drag Me To Hell

BLOCKBUSTER: Darkman, Spider-Man

7. 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 ...

HORROR: Cronos, Mimic, The Devils Backbone

BLOCKBUSTER: Blade 2, Hellboy, Pacific Rim

8. 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)...

HORROR: Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring

BLOCKBUSTER: Furious 7, Aquaman

9. 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 ...

HORROR: Alien

BLOCKBUSTER: Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator, The Martian

10. Richard Donner

Director | Superman

Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.

HORROR: The Omen

BLOCKBUSTER: Superman, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon

11. Brian De Palma

Director | Dressed to Kill

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 (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...

HORROR: Sisters, Carrie, The Fury, Dressed To Kill, Body Double

BLOCKBUSTER: The Untouchables, Mission Impossible

12. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

HORROR: The Hunger

BLOCKBUSTER: Top Gun, Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy Of The State

13. Gore Verbinski

Director | Rango

Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...

HORROR: The Ring

BLOCKBUSTER: Pirates Of The Caribbean, Rango

14. James Gunn

Writer | Guardians of the Galaxy

James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, to Leota and James Francis Gunn. He is from a large Catholic family, with Irish and Czech ancestry. His father and his uncles were all lawyers. He has been writing and performing as long as he can remember. He began making 8mm films at the age ...

HORROR: Slither

BLOCKBUSTER: Guardians Of The Galaxy

15. David F. Sandberg

Director | Lights Out

David F. Sandberg is a director and composer, known for Lights Out (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017) and Vad tyst det blev... (2006). He is married to Lotta Losten.

HORROR: Lights Out, Annabelle Creation

BLOCKBUSTER: Shazam

16. Scott Derrickson

Writer | Doctor Strange

Scott Derrickson was born on July 16, 1966 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Sinister (2012) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

HORROR: Sinister

BLOCKBUSTER: Doctor Strange

17. Edgar Wright

Director | Shaun of the Dead

Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...

HORROR: Shaun Of The Dead

BLOCKBUSTER: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, The World’s End, Baby Driver

18. 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 ...

HORROR: Cloverfield, Let Me In

BLOCKBUSTER: Dawn/War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Batman

19. Gareth Edwards

Visual_effects | Monsters

Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ...

HORROR: Monster

BLOCKBUSTER: Godzilla, Rogue One

20. Neil Marshall

Director | Dog Soldiers

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

HORROR: Dog Soldiers, The Descent

BLOCKBUSTER: Doomsday, Centurion, Hellboy

21. Zack Snyder

Director | 300

Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and ...

HORROR: Dawn Of The Dead

BLOCKBUSTER: 300, Watchmen, Man Of Steel, Batman Vs Superman

22. J.A. Bayona

Director | Lo imposible

J.A. Bayona was born on May 9, 1975 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Juan Antonio García Bayona. He is a director, known for The Impossible (2012), The Orphanage (2007) and A Monster Calls (2016).

HORROR: The Orphanage

BLOCKBUSTER: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

23. Jaume Collet-Serra

Producer | The Shallows

Jaume Collet-Serra was born on March 23, 1974 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is a producer and director, known for The Shallows (2016), Unknown (2011) and Orphan (2009).

HORROR: Orphan

BLOCKBUSTER: Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night, The Commuter

24. Michael Dougherty

Writer | Trick 'r Treat

Michael Dougherty was born on October 28, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Trick 'r Treat (2007), Krampus (2015) and Superman Returns (2006).

HORROR: Trick R Treat, Krampus

BLOCKBUSTER: Godzilla: King Of Monsters



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