My Favourite B-Movie Filmmakers (And Those I Love to Hate)

by hywel82 | created - 19 Feb 2017 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

This list started as a short list of my favourite B-movie filmmakers. Mostly directors who made at least one B-movie that I enjoyed. As the list grew, I ended up bringing in those who made B-movies I disliked but still made and impression.

1. 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...

"King of the B's"

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: Deathsport (1978) [also as Producer] Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) [also as Executive Producer]

Producing or Executive Producing: Death Race 2000 (1975) Eat My Dust (1976) Moving Violation (1976) Grand Theft Auto (1977) Thunder and Lightning (1977) Smokey Bites the Dust (1981) Galaxy of Terror (1981) Forbidden World (1982) The Terror Within (1989) Crime Zone (1989) The Terror Within II (1991) Raiders of the Sun (1992)

2. Hal Needham

Director | Smokey and the Bandit

As the highest paid stuntman in the world, Hal Needham broke 56 bones, his back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth. His career has included work on 4500 television episodes and 310 feature films as a stuntman, stunt coordinator, 2nd unit director and ultimately, director.

He wrote ...

I've watched the following that he's directed:

Smokey and the Bandit (1977) Hooper (1978) Death Car on the Freeway (1979) Smokey and the Bandit Ride Again (1980) The Cannonball Run (1981) Megaforce (1982) Stroker Ace (1983) Cannonball Run II (1984) Rad (1986)

3. H.B. Halicki

Actor | Gone in 60 Seconds

H.B. Halicki was born on October 18, 1940 in Dunkirk, New York, USA as Henry Blight Halicki. He was an actor and producer, known for Gone in 60 Seconds (1974), Deadline Auto Theft (1983) and The Junkman (1982). He was married to Denice Shakarian Halicki. He died on August 20, 1989 in Tonawanda, New...

I've watched the following that he's directed: Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) The Junkman (1982) Deadline Auto Theft (1983)

4. Charles Band

Producer | Doctor Mordrid

Charles Band is a writer, producer, director and publisher. He was born on December 27, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Charles Robert Band. His father was producer and director Albert Band and his brother is composer Richard Band.

Band has been writing, producing and directing films in the ...

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: Crash! (1976) [also as Producer] Parasite (1982) [also as Producer] Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) [also as Producer] The Dungeonmaster (1984) [also as Producer] Trancers (1984) [also as Producer] Pulse Pounders (1988) [also as Producer and Executive Producer] Trancers II (1991) [also as Producer]

Producing or Executive Producing: Zone Troopers (1985) Eliminators (1986) TerrorVision (1986) From Beyond (1986) Robot Jox (1989) Doctor Mordrid (1992) Trancers III (1992) Robot Wars (1993) Trancers 4: Jack of Swords (1994) Trancers 5: Sudden Deth (1994) Trancers 6 (2002) Trancers: City of Lost Angels (2013)

5. Albert Band

Producer | She Came to the Valley

A veteran filmmaker, Albert Band is one of Hollywood's most prolific filmmakers who started his career in the early 50s. He began financing a number of motion pictures through the seventies and eighties and helped his son, Charles Band, bring together his own production company, 'Empire Pictures', ...

I've watched the following that he's directed:

Doctor Mordrid (1992) Robot Wars (1993)

6. Brian Trenchard-Smith

Director | Drive Hard

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 ...

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: Kung Fu Killers (1974) The Man from Hong Kong (1975) Death Cheaters (1976) Day of the Assassin (1979) Stunt Rock (1979) Turkey Shoot (1982) BMX Bandits (1983) The Quest (1986) Dead End Drive-In (1986) Day of the Panther (1988) Strike of the Panther (1988) The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989) Official Denial (TV Movie) (1993) Sahara (1995) Voyage of Terror (TV Movie) (1998) Seconds to Spare (TV Movie) (2002)

7. Cirio H. Santiago

Director | Water Lily

Producer/director Cirio H. Santiago is the son of Dr. Ciriaco Santiago, who founded Premiere Productions in Manila in 1946. He has two siblings. After starting out as a producer he started directing english-language movies in the early 70s. Santiago became one of the pioneers of the "Blaxploitation...

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: Death Force (1978) Firecracker (1981) Stryker (1983) [also as Producer] Naked Vengeance (1985) Wheels of Fire (1985) [also as Producer] Silk (1986) The Devastator (1986) Future Hunters (1986) Eye of the Eagle (1987) Equalizer 2000 (1987) [also as Producer] The Sisterhood (1988) The Expendables (1988) Fast Gun (1988) Eye of the Eagle 2: Inside the Enemy (1989) Eye of the Eagle 3 (1989) Nam Angels (1989) Silk 2 (1989) Dune Warriors (1990) Beyond the Call of Duty (1992) Raiders of the Sun (1992) [also as Producer] Firehawk (1993) Angelfist (1993) One Man Army (1994) Stranglehold (1994)

8. Ferdinando Baldi

Director | Missione finale

Ferdinando Baldi was born on May 19, 1917 in Cava de' Tirreni, Campania, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Missione finale (1988), Un maledetto soldato (1988) and Massacre in the Black Forest (1977). He died on November 12, 2007 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: War Bus (1986) Just a Damned Soldier (1988) Ten Zan - Ultimate Mission (1988)

9. Arizal

Director | Membakar Matahari

Indonesian action cinema specialist Arizal was born on January 11, 1943 in Airmolek, Riau, Indonesia. His parents Ibriham Sidi Mangkuto and Matayam bt. M. Yasin were of Minangkabau descent. Following graduation from high school, Arizal went on to study at both the Faculty of Economics at the ...

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: Special Silencers (1982) The Stabilizer (1986) Final Score (1986) American Hunter (1989)

10. Enzo G. Castellari

Director | Colpi di luce

Enzo G. Castellari was born on July 29, 1938 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Enzo Girolami. He is a director and actor, known for Colpi di luce (1985), Warriors of the Wasteland (1983) and Il grande racket (1976). He has been married to Mirella since December 17, 1961. They have two children.

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: High Crime (1973) Street Law (1975) The Big Racket (1976) The Heroin Busters (1977) The Inglorious Bastards (1978) Day of the Cobra (1980) 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982) Escape from the Bronx (1983) Warriors of the Wasteland (1983) Tuareg: The Desert Warrior (1984) Light Blast (1985) Hammerhead (1987) Striker (1988) Jonathan of the Bears (1994)

11. Ruggero Deodato

Director | Cannibal Holocaust

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 ...

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976) Last Cannibal World (1977) Concorde Affaire '79 (1979) Cannibal Holocaust (1980) The Atlantis Interceptors (1983) Cut and Run (1985) Lone Runner (1986) The Barbarians (1987)

12. 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 ...

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo (1984) American Ninja (1985) Avenging Force (1986) American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

Added because I found them entertaining

13. Sergio Martino

Director | 2019 - Dopo la caduta di New York

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 ...

I've watched the following that he's been involved in:

Directing: 2019: After the Fall of New York (1983)

Added because I found it entertaining.

14. Mark L. Lester

Director | Firestarter

Director, writer and producer Mark L. Lester has created high-action films throughout his career, including some of the world's biggest box office draws. His directorial expertise has garnered praise for such films as Arnold Schwarzenegger's box-office mega-hit Commando (1985), Stephen King's ...

I've watched the following that he's been involved in directing or directing and producing:

Stunts (1977) Class of 1984 (1982) Commando (1985) Class of 1999 (1990)

Added because I found them entertaining.

15. Jack Vacek

Actor | Double Nickels

Jack Vacek is an actor and director, known for Double Nickels (1977), Deadly Addiction (1988) and The Junkman (1982).

I've watched the following that he's been involved in directing and producing:

Double Nickels (1977) Deadly Addictin (1988)

Added because I found them both entertaining.

I've watched the following that he's been involved in directing and producing:

Polk County Pot Plane (1977)

Added because I found it entertaining.

17. Eric Karson

Producer | Lionheart

Eric Karson is a director and producer, known for Lionheart (1990), The Octagon (1980) and Angel Town (1990).

I've watched the following that he's been involved in directing:

Dirt (1979)

Added because I found it entertaining.

18. 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 ...

I've watched the following that he's been involved in writing and directing:

From Beyond (1986) Robot Jox (1989)

Added because I found them entertaining.

19. Charles B. Griffith

Writer | Little Shop of Horrors

Legendary screenwriter Charles Byron Griffith was born in Chicago on September 23, 1930. His mother and grandmother starred in the famous radio show, "Myrt and Marge," which went on to New York and became a soap opera. After a hitch in the army, Griffith went to California to live with his ...

20. Corey Allen

Actor | Rebel Without a Cause

Corey Allen earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UCLA in Theatre in 1954. While there, he received the department's Best Actor award and starred in the UCLA film, "A Time Out of War", which won the Academy Award & Cannes & Venice Film Festival for Best Short Film. Upon graduation, he appeared in ...

I've watched the following that he's directed:

Thunder and Lightning (1977)

Added because I found it entertaining.

21. Richard Taylor

Writer | Fright Show

Richard Taylor was born on May 21, 1946 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Fright Show (1985), Smile (2016) and Stingray (1978).

I've watched the following that he's directed:

Stingray (1978)

Added because I found it entertaining.

22. Harley Cokeliss

Assistant_director | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Writer/director/producer Harley Cokeliss was born Harley Louis Cokliss on February 11, 1945 in San Diego, California. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois. He moved to England in 1966, studying at the London Film School, and started making TV documentaries in 1970, among them It's Fantastic! It's ...

I've watched the following that he's directed:

Battletruck (1982) Black Moon Rising (1986)

Added because they were both entertaining.

23. Antonio Margheriti

Director | Il mondo di Yor

Antonio Margheriti was born on September 19, 1930 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), Cannibals in the Streets (1980) and The Unnaturals (1969). He died on November 4, 2002 in Monterosi, Lazio.

24. Ted Nicolaou

Director | Ragewar

Ted Nicolaou was born as Theodore Andrew Nicolaou. He is a director and writer, known for The Dungeonmaster (1984), Savage Island (1985) and TerrorVision (1986). He is married to Rebecca Nicolaou. He was previously married to Sally Nicolaou Hamilton.

I've watched the following that he's directed:

The Dungeonmaster (segment "Desert Pursuit") (1984) TerrorVision (1986)

Added because I found them both entertaining.

25. Donald G. Jackson

Writer | The Roller Blade Seven

Donald G. Jackson was born on April 24, 1943 in Tremont, Mississippi, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for The Roller Blade Seven (1991), Roller Blade (1986) and Legend of the Roller Blade Seven (1992). He died on October 20, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

27. 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 ...

28. Godfrey Ho

Director | The Ninja Squad

Godfrey Ho was born in 1948 in Hong Kong as Chi Kueng Ho. He is a director and writer, known for The Ninja Squad (1986), Thunder of Gigantic Serpent (1988) and Commando Fury (1986).

29. Phillip J. Roth

Writer | A.P.E.X.

Expressing an interest in cinema from and early age the young Philip J. Roth articulated upon seeing his first film that he wanted to "...tell pictures with light..." and he later achieved his dream. His first movie was the made-for-television (yet overlooked) classic Bad Trip (1988) which led to ...

30. Robert Clouse

Director | Enter the Dragon

A hard-working director throughout his long and varied career, Robert Clouse is known best for his two most successful films: Enter the Dragon (1973) and _Game of Death (1978_. Clouse was a director who worked mainly in the visuals of cinema, owing to the fact that he was completely deaf, he ...

31. David Worth

Camera_department | Innerspace

David Worth is a cinematographer and director, known for Innerspace (1987), Kickboxer (1989) and Bloodsport (1988).

32. Albert Pyun

Director | Cyborg

Albert Pyun is an award-winning American filmmaker best known for his contributions to the science-fiction and action genres. He is credited with pioneering the cyborg sub-genre and is considered to be a maverick and renegade in independent genre cinema. With over 50 titles to his name, he has ...

33. Peter Manoogian

Production_manager | The Howling

Peter Manoogian is an assistant director and producer, known for The Howling (1981), Arena (1989) and The Dungeonmaster (1984).

34. Jim Wynorski

Director | The Lost Empire

A 25-year veteran in the Hollywood exploitation field, writer/producer/director Jim Wynorski is responsible for over 150 varied motion pictures in a myriad of genres. Leaving behind a successful commercial business in New York, Wynorski relocated to California in 1980 and soon found himself on the ...

35. Andy Sidaris

Director | Malibu Express

Andy Sidaris was born on February 20, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was a director and writer, known for Malibu Express (1985), Stacey (1973) and Seven (1979). He was married to Arlene Sidaris and Anne Sidaris-Reeves. He died on March 7, 2007 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

36. Michael Winner

Director | Death Wish

Winner was an only child, born in Hampstead, London, England, to Helen (née Zlota) and George Joseph Winner (1910-1975), a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was Polish and his father of Russian extraction. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and sold ...

37. James Glickenhaus

Writer | The Soldier

Writer/director/producer James Glickenhaus was born on July 24, 1950 in New York City. He grew up in affluent New Rochelle. James first fell in love with movies at age eight. Glickenhaus attended Fieldston School in Riverdale, New York, the University of California, Antioch College in Yellow ...

38. Lamar Card

Producer | Le sang des autres

Lamar Card was born on September 8, 1942 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. He is a producer and assistant director, known for The Blood of Others (1984) and Terror Train (1980).

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