5 favorite Euro Horror Directors?

Discussion in 'Euro Horror' started by Jason25, Feb 7, 2001.

  1. Jason25

    Jason25 Moderator

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    If you had to pick your 5 favorite Euro Horror directors, who would you pick?

    My list would be as follows:
    5)Umberto Lenzi
    4)Mario Bava
    3)Michele Soavi
    Tie 1)Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci
  2. The Chaostar

    The Chaostar Johnny Hallyday forever

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    I cannot place Argento and Fulci in the same category. Argento directed horror movies through out his whole career (with one grim ane personal exception - The Five Days In Milan), trying to invent ways to take the genre some steps further. Fulci has never been a genre director, always following trends (italian comedies, spaghetti westerns, zombie flicks, haunted houses e.t.c.) and I do not believe that he is a such important director. I mean, Argento's influence in world cinema is shown through directors like Tarsem (The Cell), Peter Greenaway (The Cook The Thief His Wife and Her Lover), Coppola (One From The Heart), Carpenter (who has said that Halloween was his tribute to Dario)... Fulci? A real proffesional, a craftsman, always with an eye for great shots but never a real auteur. One possible exception: "Don't Torture The Duckling", possibly one of the greatest giallos ever made and his best film by far.
    And am I the only one to like City Of The Living Dead? I find it VERY horrifying with tons of atmosphear. Sorry, but I've seen BEYOND three times in cinema (the first when it was first screened) and the crowd never stopped laughing....

    Now, my favorite euro-horror directors

    1. Dario Argento
    2. Georges Franju (just for "Eyes Without A Face" - when this is going to get a release?)
    3. Mario Bava
    4. Jaques Tourner
    5. Jean Rollin

    but, having said that, I'll admit that I'll watch anything from Fulci and I am a proud owner of the hardcover edition of BEYOND TERROR. Go figure...
  3. jae

    jae Guest

    1. Mario Bava
    2. Mario Bava
    3. Mario Bava
    4. Mario Bava
    5. Michele Soavi :)

    I don't care at all for Argento or Rollin, so far I've only seen Fulci's City of the Living Dead and liked it some, he may grow on me.. And I've seen 1 Franco (Awful Dr. Orloff).. It was OK but not at all representative of his work.. I keep renting hoping to find something that I'll like but really my one love is Bava. Soavi gets on the list for Dellamorte Dellamore.
  4. I only like Argento. I've seen some other films that were ok but nothing compares to Dario.
  5. Mark Relford

    Mark Relford Chairman of the Bored

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    (1) Lucio Fulci
    (2) Roman Polanski
    (3) Alejandro Jodorowsky
    (4) Michele Soavi (for Stagefright and Cemetery Man)
    (5) Jordi Grau (for Let Sleeping Corpses Lie)
  6. joot29

    joot29 Guest

    I basically agree with what's been said about Fulci. Aside from his deft skills with the supernatural horror genre, ("Zombie", and "City of the Living Dead", I'm not impressed with his giallos. I didn't mention "The Beyond" because I agree with the Chaostar that it's laughable in certain areas and went just a bit over the top too often (i.e. tarantula scene"). "City...", although it had it's moments as well, had better atmosphere and was creepier, with better cinematography. But then he'll do something like "New York Ripper" which bored me (way too many zooms). He's much better at supernatural horror than he ever was with giallos. I think its hard to dispute the fact that Mario Bava is the best Euro-horror director. He paved the way for all the others. Although you younger horror fans might want more shocking gore (I can relate), Bava excelled in the visual elements of horror movie-making ("Black Sunday" being the epitome). Although "Black Sunday" had very little gore, it creeped me out way more than "The Beyond" did. The advent of DVD single-handedly generated my interest lighting and cinematography in horror flicks. Here's my list (in order of preference):

    1) Mario Bava ("Black Sunday", "Whip and the Body", Kill Baby Kill, and many others)
    2) Dario Argento (specifically "Suspiria")
    3) Lucio Fulci (for Zombie" and City..)
    4) Armando Ossorio (Tombs of the Blind Dead)
    5) I don't have a number 5
  7. DVD Connoisseur

    DVD Connoisseur Active Member

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    I'm going to be boring and just name my favourite 2 Euro Horror directors:

    1) Argento (for reasons I've been in to many times before)
    2) Fulci. My viewing of Fulci's giallo "Don't Torture A Duckling" on Saturday night has confirmed to me that he had great directorial talent. His films may not be consistent but when he was "in the groove", he was the master! I believe Fulci is underestimated - his influence on '80s horror is definitely understated.
  8. Mark Relford

    Mark Relford Chairman of the Bored

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    Right on! Don't Torture A Duckling, Zombie, City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, House By the Cemetery, and yes, New York Ripper are outstanding and influential achievements in the genre.
    In my opinion, they make up for his lesser films.
  9. jak

    jak Guest

    My favorite Director can be summed up in two words: Fulci Lives! Hell I love just about every Lucio Fulci film I've seen! My favorite is definetly The Beyond! Can't wait to get Don't Torture A Duckling and New York Ripper! Fulci Lives The Godfather Of Gore!
  10. johnmar

    johnmar Guest

    Here are my top European genre directors and my three favorite films from each:

    1 - Dario Argento
    1. Suspiria
    2. Inferno
    3. Deep Red

    2 - Michele Soavi (when are any of his film going to be released on DVD?)
    1. Dellamorte Dellamore
    2. The Church
    3. The Sect

    3 - Mario Bava
    1. Lisa and the Devil
    2. Black Sunday
    3. Blood and Black Lace

    4 - Jess Franco
    1. The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein / Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein (too weird for me not to include them - I'd love to see a DVD release)
    2. Female Vampire (too bad Image slightly cut this one)
    3. Vampyros Lesbos

    5 - Lucio Fulci
    1. The Beyond
    2. City of the Living Dead
    3. House By the Cemetery

    There are European directors that I like more than some of the ones that I've mentioned, such as Lars von Trier and Roman Polanski, but they're not true genre directors.
  11. Oliver

    Oliver Guest

    For me it's difficult to choose favorite Euro-horror directors, since the entire genre is generally geared more towards people who like 70's sleaze/exploitation, which I don't. Therefore I don't like directors like Fulci, Franco, Rollin, who simply seem like talentless hacks. Not that I'm prudish at all, but as a director it's probably best to choose between porno and horror, not both. Deodato's films share some of the same traits, but he seems to at least have some filmmaking talent judging by his two cannibal films. Two of the main problems with Italian films (which make up the majority of what is considered Euro-horror), is that they usually contain awful, distracting dubbing, and really inappropriate music scores (disco or Goblins-type stuff) which, with some exceptions, just don't work well in horror films. Anyway, enough complaining; A couple of my favorites are probably unheard of to most of you, but here's my list (in random order, with my favorite films of theirs in brackets):

    -Michael Haneke (Funny Games, The Seventh Continent, Benny's Video)
    Not traditional Euro-horror films with sex and gore, but instead psychologically horrifying.

    -Pupi Avati (The House with Laughing Windows, Zeder)
    Possibly the best Italian horror director, although it's hard to judge that because he wasn't nearly as prolific as some of the others. House with Laughing Windows is amazing.

    -Dario Argento (Deep Red, Opera, Inferno, Tenebre)
    My favorite of the ones that are regularly discussed here by Italo-fanatics. He can hardly handle telling a story coherently, but he is tops with visuals.

    -Joseph Larraz (Symptoms, Vampyres)
    Incredibly stylish films. Symptoms is truly great. Vampyres is decent, but much more of a typical, pointless European sleazefest.

    -Mario Bava (Rabid Dogs, Blood and Black Lace)
  12. joot29

    joot29 Guest

    OK... I do respect Fulci's movie-making skills, but will the biggest "New York Ripper" (Fulci) fan please tell me what's so great about it. I heard lots of people rave about it, and then I bought the AB video and thought it was quite unremarkable. I've seen so many other more exciting murder mysteries with better plots, and NYR just didn't do it for me. I just wasn't drawn in, and basically just waited for the murders to happen. Someone had posted their thoughts that it was like a second rate Columbo episode (of course, with added gore). As far as comparing it to similar movies, I thought Lustig's "Maniac" was better, cuz it had better characterization (Joe Spinelli was AWESOME). If this movie is representative of Fulci's giallos, then I'm not sure I want to see any others. As far as his horror flicks (Zombie, City of the LD, House by the Cem.), they RULE.
  13. MovieFan

    MovieFan Guest

    1) Dario Argento
    2) Lucio Fulci
    3) Dario Argento
    4) Mario Bava
    5) Dario Argento

    I will give an honerable mention to Michele Soavi.

    Also, did I forget to mention... Dario Argento? :D

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