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Best Horror Directors

Here is a list of the best horror directors to date.

They were chosen not really on our personal taste, but more on how greatly they contributed to the world of horror movies. Some of their most relevant work is cited here, but there is often more, click on their name to find out.

Any comments about someone we forgot / should add/ change order are welcome.

THE TOP HORROR DIRECTORS

1. John Carpenter

Halloween (1978)
The Fog (1980)
The Thing (1982)
Christine (1983)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
They Live (1988)
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Village of the Damned (1995)
Vampires (1998)
Ghost of Mars (2001),
The Ward (2010)

2. Wes Craven

The Last House on the Left (1972)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Deadly Blessing (1981)
Swamp Thing (1982)
Invitation to Hell (1984)
The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Deadly Friend (1986)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Shocker (1989)
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
New Nightmare (1994)
Vampire in Brooklyn
Scream (1996)
Scream 2 (1997)
Cursed (2005)
Red Eye (2005)
My Soul to Take (2010)
Scream 4 (2011)

3. Georges A. Romero

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Crazies (1973)
Martin (1976)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Creepshow (1982)
Day of the Dead (1985)
Monkey Shines (1988)
The Dark Half (1993)
Bruiser (2000)
Land of Dead (2005)
Diary of the Dead (2007)
Survival of the Dead (2009)

4. Dario Argento

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
The Cat o’ Nine Tails (1971)
Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
Deep Red (1975)
Suspiria (1977)
Inferno (1980)
Tenebre (1982)
Opera (1987)
Two Evil Eyes (1990)

5. Tobe Hooper

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Eaten Alive (1977)
Salem’s Lot (1979)
The Funhouse (1981)
Poltergeist (1982)
Lifeforce (1985)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
The Texan Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Body Bags (1993)
The Mangler (1995)
Crocodile (2000)
Toolbox Murders (2004)
Mortuary (2005)

6. David Cronenberg

They Came from Within (1975)
Rabid (1977)
The Brood (1979)
Scanners (1981)
Videodrome (1983)
The Fly (1986)

 

 

7. Joe Dante

Piranha (1978)
The Howling (1981)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Trapped Ashes (2006)
The Hole (2009)

 

 

8. Lucio Fulci

Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972)
Zombie (1979)
City of the Living Dead (1980)
The Black Cat (1981)
The Beyond (1981)
The House by the Cemetery (1981)
The New York Ripper (1982)
Manhattan Baby (1982)
Aenigma (1987)
Zombie Flesh Eaters 2 (1988)
A Cat in the Brain (1990)
Demonia (1990)

9. Sam Raimi

The Evil Dead (1981)
Crimewave (1985)
Evil Dead II (19878)
Army of Darkness (1992)
Drag Me to Hell (2009)

 

 

10. Robert Rodriguez

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
The Faculty (1998)
Planet Terror (2007)
Machete (2010)