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The Directors
Topic by: ScottWeinberg
Posted: January 13, 2008 - 6:48 PM PST
Last Reply: February 1, 2008 - 9:08 AM PST

author topic: The Directors
ScottWeinberg
post #1  on January 13, 2008 - 6:48 PM PST  
For the sake of this thread, let's leave the master of true suspense (Alfred Hitchcock) out of the mix. Beyond him, who are your favorite fear-makers?

Mine are pretty obvious, I guess: the early / intermittent works of Carpenter, Raimi, Craven, Hooper, Argento, Romero, Cronenberg, Jackson, Fulci...

Of the folks working today, I'm most excited about flicks from Neil Marshall, Alex Aja, and James Wan. (Yep, I like all three of his films.)

I could keep rambling, but I'd steal a bunch of good ones from you folks. So who are your favorites?
AstroAppa
post #2  on January 14, 2008 - 3:57 PM PST  
Kubrick... I know he isn't really known for being a horror director, but all I can think about right now is how much The Shinning, Clockwork, and 2001 scared and unsettled me. Also those Japanese horror movies (not the remakes) have been entertaining me lately. They have some twisted stuff in there.

underdog
post #3  on January 14, 2008 - 4:08 PM PST  
Well, I know who isn't one of our favorites - Uwe Boll.
Sorry to embarass you, Scott, but I had to quote from your review of his latest masterpiece: "If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Uwe Boll just spent 126 minutes telling Peter Jackson how thin, talented and gorgeous he is."

Speaking of Jackson, he's not my favorite, but I do like much of his older work, even The Frighteners.

I'm not sure if there's one director working mostly in horror who's consistently remained among my favorites. I mean I like some of John Carpenter's films, but he's done garbage, too. I was impressed with what Danny Boyle did with 28 Days Later, and as messy as it became narratively as it went on, in some respects Sunshine, too.

I love most of the creepers produced by Val Lewton in the 40s.

But yeah, if I had to pick one director whose output has been diverse enough but consistent in theme and (for the most part) quality, I'd say David Cronenberg. All his films creep me out, even the ones that aren't strictly horror.

I think Ridley Scott's Alien is still one of my favorite horror movies of all time - it scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid, and still does now (and now I appreciate it more cinematically).

Of today's directors, Del Toro and I've liked James Gunn's work so far, as well. Lucky McKee seems like one to watch, too, though I'm not sure he's yet done something consistently great. Seems on the verge though.

Not a fan of Eli Roth's stuff. At all.

underdog
post #4  on January 14, 2008 - 7:34 PM PST  
> On January 14, 2008 - 4:08 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------

> I think Ridley Scott's Alien is still one of my favorite horror movies of all time - it scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid, and still does now (and now I appreciate it more cinematically).
>


Er, I just realized Scott probably agrees with me on the above, given his icon and favorite movie choice ;-) Another favorite is the Invasion of the Body Snatchers remake. Creepy as hell.

Kubrick's films definitely have chilled me to my bones, too - not just The Shining, but many of the others.
Vanamonde
post #5  on January 15, 2008 - 1:05 AM PST  
> On January 14, 2008 - 4:08 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> ...if I had to pick one director whose output has been diverse enough but consistent in theme and (for the most part) quality, I'd say David Cronenberg. All his films creep me out, even the ones that aren't strictly horror.
>
So true, so true, the last two films ("A History of Violence" and "Eastern Promises") with Viggo Mortensen have been **wonderFUL**, yet quite a departure from the "Scanners" and "Videodrome" days. And they don't drag on at the end like "Dead Ringers" did. I liked that last film until the last reel and then I *died* waiting for it to end.

I wonder. Is Cronenberg's "Crush" actually a horror film? Very horrowshow and very creepy but it is so reality-based, but I wonder if you could call it a horror film. Not a first date movie, though, unless you wanted to make sure there is not a second date. It is like "Blue Velvet" or "Thirteen", the kind of films that I have seen once and glad I did, but never, never want to see again.

Vanamonde
post #6  on January 15, 2008 - 1:09 AM PST  
> On January 14, 2008 - 7:34 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Kubrick's films definitely have chilled me to my bones, too - not just The Shining, but many of the others.
> ---------------------------------

YES! That scene with Nicole Kidman's character, enjoying some doobage, sitting one the floor in her underwear, proclaiming, "You...men...have...NO..IDEA!!!" haunts and haunts me. So very much like my ex-wife, except in a much higher income bracket.

Okay, I got quit this, this is getting far tooo creepy.


PGalloway1
post #7  on February 1, 2008 - 9:08 AM PST  
For my money, some of the most horrific stuff you're going to see is in Japanese exploitation films of the 60's and 70's. With many of these films, you have no sense that there's any line over which the director won't cross. Likewise Hong Kong Category III films from the 80's and 90's. (Unfortunately, some of these are only available on non-region 1 DVDs.)

I review a bunch of them in my book, Asia Shock. (And no, this is not a plug, you can check it out at the library if you like.) Anything else I'd write on this topic is already in there.

Cheers,

PG

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