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Discussion in 'Reader Polls' started by DeathDealer, Jan 16, 2003.
Pretty easy pick for me. I'm a Dario Argento "whore". His style is unmatchable.
Yeah. Well I'm not sure if he wanted to do an horror or comedy film, but Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things was pretty terrible.
Wes Craven 1.lasthouse On The Left
2.hills Have Eyes Part 1 And 2
3.nightmare On Elm Street 1
4 New Nightmare
5 Scream Trilogy
I have never seen a Romero film I didn't like so I would say he is my favorite. There are plenty other directors I like as well, but Romero films just have that something extra.
Argento hands down..Carpenter and Cronenberg are my two back ups though....
Probably Tod Browning, Dario Argento and Mario Bava.
Argento. I made a direct connection to his amazing sense of style and I genuinely love almost every one of his films that I've seen.
After him is Wes Craven. I don't know how the guy does it. But he's an amazing director. Most amazing about him is that he's actually mastered the exploitation, down 'n' dirty, gritty, low budget horror film, then actually gone on to become known as a style director. His ability to go back and forth, sometimes in the same movie, is unique and truly unmatched. Yeah he's had a lot of failures. But it doesn't matter. Also, unlike any other horror director, he keeps coming back. After stuff like Deadly Blessing, Invitation to Hell, and Stranger in Our House, he does A Nightmare on Elm Street and Deadly Friend and becomes the most famous horror director alive. Unfortunately it led to failures like Shocker and Serpent and the Rainbow, but he rebounded again with New Nightmare, than high a career-high with Scream, his best film to date. The sequels were very well-made as well. Yes, he flopped again with Cursed. But then, Red Eye.
I voted for JC Where is David Cronenberg or Clive Barker option?
Carpenter has never made a bad film. Even the worst moments of "Ghosts of Mars" are worth more than anything and everything the Roths, Niespels and Ajas will ever steal or remake.
Hitchcock is the greatest talent listed but truthfully only two of his pictures (PSYCHO and THE BIRDS ) would really be considered straight horror films.I hugely admire Terrence Fisher and Mario Bava,both sadly have passed on.Of the living horror directors I was aces with John Carpenter until the 90's when I felt he went into a serious decline,he has not been very productive of late with only a couple of MASTERS OF HORROR episodes to show off in recent years.Carpenter is much like another favorite of mine,George A. Romero in that he has lived long enough to see his signature films remade by others.That has gotta sting on some level.Romero had a long stretch of inactivity.His latest films have been solid,but not among his best.Cronenberg,who is brilliant,has moved on to other genres to dazzle us in.
That leaves me with Dario Argento as my favorite.Argento can be as erratic as a kite without a tail but he is also quite possibly the most influential (if least acknowledged) director working in the field today.He has also been quite productive recently ,with several features,a telefilm and two MASTERS segments in just the past few years.The work may vary in quality but Argento can still do something that many of his contemporaries (and most younger turks) cannot do,he can shock me with a scare scene that I didn't see coming.That counts for a lot.When Dario is gone there is gonna be one hell of a hole in the horror genre.
Romero barely beats out Carpenter for me.
Cronenberg, his stuff is heady, unique and downright fucked up at times. Plus almost everything he's done is worthwhile, his two most recent films being some of the best stuff he's ever done (although they're not in the horror genre).
I still think Ridley Scott's Alien is the best-directed horror flick of all time, though. Too bad he doesn't do something else in the genre.
My top favorites would be John Carpenter, George Romero, and Dario Argento. Sure, all of them had their share of misfires, but when taken as a whole their work has a timeless quality so rarely seen.
If forced to pick between the three, I would choose Carpenter. He's made a bunch of classics outside of horror (Escape from New York being my favorite) and I always admired the guy for his music.
Argento directed The Stendhal Syndrome :fuck:, so he gets ranked at the bottom of these three.
To be honest, I'm just starting to finally see most of Argento's movies but so far the ones I've seen have all been near perfect. I'm assuming that I would be voting for him in a few more months time after I've caught up a bit more with his classics. Actually Fulci would fall into this category as well.
At the time this poll was done, I think Shyamalan would've stood a very good chance of getting my vote, but he's lost a lot of his appeal for me now.
Romero has Night, The Dark Half and The Crazies. Monkey Shines and Creep Show were decent. Dawn was cool but is a bit overrated. Day was a movie I just don't like. His new zombie flicks are....watchable. He has some great flicks but a lot of ok to crap ones as well.
Raimi has Evil Dead. He has quite a few excellent flicks that aren't horror, but this is vote for your fave horror director so...he's disqualified.
Hitchcock and Miike also are pretty low on horror movies made so they're not in the running.
Craven has Nightmare, Scream Trilogy, New Nightmare, The Hills Have Eyes, Last House, plus some others that aren't classics but are still pretty entertaining. Hell I even really enjoyed Red Eye.
Carpenter has done a ton of horror flicks that I would consider to be classics: Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Christine, Prince Of Darkness....he also has a lot of crap horror flicks.
I think in the end my vote would go to Carpenter because he's the man who made Halloween, The Thing, and The Fog (the remake is not his fault). I think the great far outweighs the garbage. Plus on top of all that, he made Assault on Precint 13. How can I vote against that?
Of course if Clark was in the list, he would've gotten my vote.
Dario Argento gets my vote he's the shit!
Yeah, hail Dario. Plenty of eye candy even with his lackluster titles. 40 years and still going. He even had something to do with Once Upon the Time In the West. Shit...the very thought of his contribution to film humbles me.