Favorite Modern Horror Director?

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Who is your favorite modern horror director?

Poll closed Jan 4, 2005.
  1. Dario Argento

    25 vote(s)
    20.2%
  2. John Carpenter

    36 vote(s)
    29.0%
  3. David Cronenberg

    17 vote(s)
    13.7%
  4. Wes Craven

    10 vote(s)
    8.1%
  5. Lucio Fulci

    8 vote(s)
    6.5%
  6. George A. Romero

    28 vote(s)
    22.6%
  1. Deaddevilman

    Deaddevilman Guest

    Exactly. The current list is full of people who were at their prime in the late 70's early 80's. Someone needs to rename this poll... Who's been a has been the longest? Romero of course!
     
  2. Lucio Romero

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    Hey Everyone,

    I went with George because I honestly believe he is one of the great visionaries of our time. Anyone who has created IMO the greatest horror movie of all time ( Dawn ) and two others in the top 10 ( Night & Day ) can hardly be called overated. The fact that Tarantino, Scorsese and Stephen King all admire George's work is proof of that.

    Besides, this a favorite poll not a " Who is the Best " poll. I would have put the master Fulci second and Cronenberg third.


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  3. Dark Lord

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    I'll post my support for Wes Craven's New Nightmare. The first time I saw it, I was blown away. It's a brilliant film.
     
  4. walkingdude

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    I am really suprised at the amount of people who like this movie.I have really tried to like this one but I just don't find it hold my attention.This coming from a fan of Zeder.
     
  5. allmessedup

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    I voted for Romero just because he directed two of my all-time favorite horror films, but I had trouble picking...they've all had movies I've loved along with their share of stinkers.

    Fulci is probably the most consistent in his way, but I don't like any of his stuff as much as the best work of the other directors.
     
  6. eric_angelus

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    I voted for Carpenter despite the fact that I have not liked most of his stuff after Prince of Darkness. Overall I think some of the others have more spotless track records. But Carpenter gave us Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Assault, and several others that make Ghosts of Mars a bit easier to overook!
     
  7. BloodMan

    BloodMan Kill Time B4 It Kills You

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    Carpenter... his recent efforts were shit-tacular... but its all about the 80's. :)
     
  8. thrashard76

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    I'll go with Carpenter. I like more of his movies and watch them often.
     
  9. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Argento (who would've guessed? ;))
     
  10. Anthropophagus

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    Carpenter for sure-The Fog, Halloween, Christine-these are some of my all time favorites. Suspiria by Argento is awesome, but I have not really had the chance to check out much of his other stuff, I will eventually. Rabid and Shivers are great films, but the rest of Cronenberg's stuff does nothing for me. Craven was cool in his early days, I love Last House on the Left, Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing, the original Nightmare on Elm Street but his recent films leave me cold. House By The Cemetery, The Beyond and Zombie are interesting Fulci films, but again I just could not get into his other stuff like Sweet House Of Horrors and New York Ripper (Lustig's Maniac was sooooo much better). Romero's Dead trilogy is great, ditto Creepshow, and his contribution to Two Evil Eyes.
     
  11. Guyver99

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    Since when is Fulci considered "modern?" Come on, the guy kicked the bucket ages ago.
     
  12. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    Fulci. Although I've not seen the more prestigious works of Argento (Tenebre, Deep Red, I have the two discs coming in the mail from DDD IF they ever arrive), I think it will be hard to top Fulci's top 4 of Zombie, House by the Cemetery, The Beyond and City of the Living Dead. New York Ripper is a pretty decent flick marred only by the quacking killer and I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy Demonia more than I enjoyed a more mediocre Carpenter effort as in The Fog, or Argento's Opera or Craven's Serpent and the Rainbow for examples. This being said, I also haven't seen a lot of Fulci movies, including Lizard in a Woman's Skin which sounds to be a great, great giallo.

    Only person I'd perhaps consider my favorite other than Fulci is Raimi as the ED trilogy is absolutely amazing.
     
  13. Poelzig

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    Argento,Cronenberg...New?????
    i dont think Cronemberg is a horror director, of course he loves gore and flirt whith horror once and a while,but his movies are a sci-fi paranoia (fly,Scanners,videodrome...) or Weird Dramas (M.butterfly,Crash etc).
    I dont Believe in "Genre" directors in the today scene (until somebody Reeeal good appear).
    i Like what Del Toro done whith the DevilĀ“s Backbone.
    Spain,Japan and france are producting some good stuff.
     
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  14. Had to vote for Cronenburg...the only one on the list who has consistently made good, interesting, intelligent films. 15 years ago, I may have said Carpenter, but he can have 2nd place for now. All of them have made definitive 'classic' horror films at some point in their respective careers, but at this point, Cronenburg is the only one whose recent(post-1990) films have been anything to get excited about.
    Sad to say, but more recent horror directors either abandon their roots and dive into the mainstream like Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. Well that is if you even consider their earlier films as horror...I think they're more like gory comedies, but I digress. Other newer directors I like have only a film or two to judge from so their talent needs to be further proven:
    Brad Anderson(Session 9, the Machinist)
    Higuchinsky(Uzumaki, Long Dream)
    Lucky McGee(May)
    Eli Roth(Cabin Fever)
    Zack Snyder(Dawn of the Dead 2004)
    Rob Zombie(House of 1000 Corpses)
    Shimuzu Takashi(the Ju-On/Curse/Grudge films, mostly like the same film over and over again)
    Kiyoshi Kurosawa(Kairo, Cure)

    Then again, there's always directors like Uwe Boll and Paul W.S. Anderson who inspire me to seek out and discover new directors like some of the ones I've listed above. So special kudos to them! :eek2:

    Sorry about the long rambling post :banana:
     
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    I went with Argento. Even his most popular films are still underrated.
     
  16. MrVess

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    Even the rather disappointing recent entries from John Carpenter ("Ghosts of Mars"... cough... metal guitarists as "musicians"... cough... rappers as "actors"... kha...) are still infinitely superior to 90% of the drivel spewed out during the last few years (the imbecilic sequels, the remakes, the crossovers...). John Carpenter is still the crowned king, without the shadow of a doubt.
     
  17. Severn

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    All about Carpenter. :)
     
  18. Criswell

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    I voted Carpenter, but really I voted for the anticipation that another They Live ot The Thing is just around the corner.

    Unfortunatly, he's only making crap like L.A and unfocused misses like Mars lately.
     
  19. BoredSeal

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    I think Ghosts of Mars is also worth to mention. He probably didn't made anything cult in 90's, but he has lot of great genre hits on account anyway Worst JC movie must be that invisible Chevy Chase story.
     
  20. choptop67

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    I picked George A. Romero because he's in my opinion the best horror filmmaker alive today (still working). I know he has not done much in the last decade. And I know that some of his films were not considered "classics". I just feel that his overall body of work is very well done. His early years can not be topped by anyone in the choices we had to choose from.
    My second choice would be John Carpenter. He's been hit or miss with his films, but for the most part I've enjoyed his work. Halloween and Escape From New York are his best. The Fog is pretty cool too.
    Fulci had a couple good films (Zombi, The Beyond, Gates of Hell (COTLD), The Black Cat and House by the Cemetery. The rest were fair at best.
    Argento lost his magic a while ago. His films have not been scary in many years.
    And Craven...His best work is Hills Have Eyes and Last House On The Left. The Scream films were teen trash horror and his other work has been sub-par for the most part. He works a lot, but that doesn't mean it's good work.
    And finally, Cronenberg went off the deep end years ago. His films have become so over the top as of late. His recent work screams "You be very smart to understand what I'm about and to follow me." I find most of his work since Dead Ringers very boring.
    This is just my opinion on these filmmakers. Who am I anyway? To each their own.
     

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