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Discussion in 'Reader Polls' started by vampyr789, Jul 29, 2008.
john carpenter followed by george romero and wes craven
I went with Carpenter, followed by Craven, but I also loved Terence Fisher..hands down the BEST that Hammer had to offer. Kudos to satans-sadists for including him.
A tough battle between Cronenberg and Bava for me. But Croneberg wins the fist fight, primarily because Bava's a corpse. Really, I just like the image of Cronbenberg wrestling Bava's cadaver.
Actually, I really only went with DC because Bava is a bit new to me, so I've spent a lot more time dissecting DC's stuff. True, his last two films have been disappointment to say the least, but with the exception of "M. Butterfly" and "Fast Company", he gave 20 years of consistantly excellent and original work in the genre. Or at least on the edge of the genre if you want to be picky.
And I agree that Raimi and Hitchcock really don't belong on a list of great "Horror" directors. Yes, they made watersheds of the genre, but the majority of both of their work is far outside the genre. I mean, Uwe Boll has made more "horror" films than both combined.
And, while I wouldn't have voted for either of them, I do think that Fisher and Stuart Gordon do belong on this list.
John Carpenter - No Contest !
Hooper has no right being on that list...
David Cronenberg. Not only is he the greatest horror director, he's also horror's best writer. No one's ever taken horror farther than he has nor done it nearly as well.
This may get ugly but I've always found the praise for Alien as misplaced. The screenplay is especially terrible. Once you look past the production design it's a true mess. But then again, what else does a horror film need to be?
So you liked the Werewolf film and Red Eye? Ouch. Craven lost it..... around about the early 80's.... and have traded on his reputation since, imo.
I voted for Carpenter. When he's on song - The Thing, Halloween and Prince of Darkness - he's awesome.
Fulci, Bava and Argento had great little runs where everything was sorta a home run - depending on your opinions on those gentlemen.
I guess the trend is that all these directors have slumped - though Cronenberg is still doing great stuff.
I'm also fond of In the Mouth of Madness by John Carpenter
Regarding Halloween, I have to give kudos for Carpenter for creating music and being part of the music process, I loved the soundtrack to big trouble in little china, but in Halloween that score is as big as the character of Michael Myers. I don't think any horror director stands out the crowd from the 90s onwards, it's been hit and miss since, but maybe the times changed and people got carried away with effects, but now people are going back to the 70s/80s, we had Rambo lately, Romero did some more evil dead films this decade, the Dawn of the Dead remake pretty much propeled 80s horror again this decade.
It would be nice to see John Carpenter back doing something cool, but not every director is a true superstar for consistent output, but he definately was a king back in the day, if he gets hold of a decent script, the main gold alot are looking for, he can do special things, but he's getting old, and not going to be around forever, a career has a beginning/middle and end, and usually beginning and middle is the heights in this business. Some don't even have a middle.
Scream is the best horror film Wes Craven has made. It's also a better film than anything John Carpenter's made since The Fog and Romero since Creepshow.
And all you can do to that statement is say you disagree.
I disagree. Scream bites.
Didn't want to disappoint you.
If Scream bites, why do I keep defending it?
Because you have no taste in movies.
Neither do I, but I'm more self-aware. :lol:
Glad to see some more appreciation for Terence Fisher! As much as you hear about his Dracula and Frankenstein films, I personally think The Devil Rides Out and The Gorgon are two of his very best. I also greatly admire Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed. That came late in the Frankenstein series and Fisher certainly did not wimp out with this entry. It's probably the darkest film in the series. Fisher got an incredibly daring performance out of Peter Cushing in that film.
Agreed on Freddie Francis. Tales from the Crypt, The Skull, and Dr. Terror's House of Horrors are among his best in my opinion. I especially love the films he directed for Amicus.
I went with Fulci - I like that man's style
Actually, Fulci isn't a bad choice. This - like every toher poll I've ever seen that asks for a favorite Director - has come down to whether we like one, or more, films by a Director. It might be more fun in the future to concentrate on the skills of the Directors themselves, their screen plays, the performances they manage to get, how they have the film framed etc.
As such, Fulci at his height was great.
Yeah, it's a tough choice from all these guys straight up - they all have choice flicks I'll watch more than once
Sure I do. And Scream rules.
Sure you do. I just haven't seen any evidence of it yet.
Cronenberg. Many of his films are thought provoking and he is consistent in quality.