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One of the all time great eurohorror directors Dario Argento is well known for his gore and also the amazing suspense he creates in his movies. His films almost always have fantastic, explosive endings which finish off his films with a bang. He is one of the few directors who can create genuine fear in his viewers with his mixture of filming techniques which help to build up the tension until it is absolutely unbearable. His use of gore is always well used and enhance his films rather than being the only good point about them like some lesser directors. His films are almost always very good and are definately worth seeing.
Director of such classics as Hellraiser and Candyman, Clive Barker is a very well known director, famous for the atmosphere he creates in his movie with the movie visuals and chilling score. One good example of this is Candyman which has one of the best atmospheres you are ever likely to find in any horror movie, all the images are moodily lit and look great and basically make the films fabulous to look at. You can't say his films lack depth either they are always well acted and well thought out and basically very well made.
I also don't know that much about this director, except that he worked with Dario Argento and made one of my favourite films, Demons. But from looking at this film I can see that his films are fast moving and exciting, with quite a lot of gore. Basically, his films, like many other Eurohorror movies uses a lot of gore to heighten the excitement of his films, but unlike many other horrrors, he also uses tension to great effect and this is what sets him apart from directors, such as Joe D'Amato.
One of the all time greats John Carpenter is the master of suspense within the horror genre and the tension in most of his films is unbearable. His filming techniques are excellent, not least in Halloween, where the camera-work really makes the movie the classic it is today.
Going back to what I said earlier, John Carpenter is one of the best directors there has ever been in terms of creating tension, one great example is the thing, which is one of his best movies and brilliantly directed. I really enjoy Clive Barker movies there is always a great atmosphere and well placed gore, the only problem I have with his films in general is that they are quite slow moving at times, and, if it was not for the suspense would be quite boring.
Well what can I say? This director used to be fantastic, he directed such classics as Last House on the Left and the Hills have Eyes and always created such atmosphere and had such great ideas. But what is going on, after directing New Nightmare in 1994, he sold out on the genre that made him famous to direct Scream. He decided to make a film which took the piss out of everything he had stood for for the last thirty years. Some may say that Scream has rejuvinated horror in the 90s, but it isn't horror, if anything it's a comedy, I mean, if the only way to make horror popular again is to make films like Scream and I know What You Did Last Summer, I'd rather horror stayed in the shadows.
But back to Wes, if you look back at his films before Scream then you can't really go wrong, he isn't over reliant on gore and makes a great atmosphere, building up tension, until the obligatory explosive ending.
Probably the best director to come out of Canada, if not the best thing to come out of Canada full stop. Cronenberg directed such classics as the Fly and is renowned for his great special effects and stunning cinematography. I've always liked his films for their strong storylines and freeflowing acting. Luckily he never goes over the top like some eurohorror directors tend to, but instead works in the same style as the best Americans, and this style really suits him. In my view anyway.
One of the great Euro Horror directors of the seventies and eighties, D'Amato relied on gore, very much like Lucio Fulci's style of film. Unfortunately, he isn't quite as good as Fulci, although, he has made a few good films, for example Anthropophagus which was very reliant on gore, but worked fairly well all the same. D'Amato tended to choose dodgy subjects in his films, such as cannibalism and Nymphomania, but normally succeeded despite this, making him one of the all time greats
I must admit I didn't know much about this director until I watched Cannibal Holocaust, but once I saw this fantastic movie I decided to hunt down his other films. And I was not dissapointed, Deodato is one of the kings of exploitation cinema and uses gore better than any other director I've seen. What I am most impresses by in his films is his use of blood and gore, which is always well placed and often very strong, and the techniques he uses are incredible, making these scenes very cinematic and often very shocking. Qualified to be on this list because of Cannibal Holocaust alone, the king of gore and exploitation I've enjoyed every single Deodato film I've seen.
The greatest eurohorror director of all time Lucio Fulci is possibly the most famous horror director there is. Fulci is well known for his use of gore, which he often uses to drive his films along, one example of this is Zombie, which relies heavily on gore but still manges to succeed. He is also well known for his fantastic musical scores which enhance every single scene in his movies, making his films an amazing experience to behold. As with most eurohorror directors, Fulci doesn't rely on the talents on his actors, but instead his own directing techniques and mainly the gore within his movies. His movies are always worth seeing as they are easy to get into and good and gory throughout.
I must admit I don't know a lot about Mr Tobe Hooper, except that he directed the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, one of he all time great movies. In this film he used SFX to great effect to heighten the tension, and great camera work too, making the whole of the film very cinematic. For example, the opening sequence was very dramatic thanks to his direction, with images and sounds flashing up onto the screen, making it very tense. This idea continued thoughout the film and made the whole thing extremely atmospheric.
If you like Dario Argento then you are going to love this man, one of the first big horror directors, Hitchcock directed such films as the Birds and Psycho and is renowned for his great use of suspense and the superb atmosphere he created within his films. Being from an older generation Hitchcock was not forced to rely on gore in his movies, and this really enhanced them as he instead used tense scenes and good scrpits to make his films great. Probably the most famous of all horror directors, Hitchcock has directed some true greats with style and skills not seen for years.
I include Peter Jackson because he is one of the best comic horror directors about, the only problem I have with him is is films are very incnsistent. Some are excellent, such as Meet the Feebles and Braindead, but on the other hand some are awful, such as the Frighteners and Bad Taste, this could be because some of his humour is a required taste and can sometimes be a little over the top. He also relies heavily on gore, which in a comic horror is always a good thing as you don't take it as seriously, so can enjoy it for its pure juiceiness, however this is also sometimes a little OTT and can make his films be a little too silly to enjoy.
A man who spent much of his career attempting to rip off Ruggero Deodato's classic Cannibal Holocaust without ever coming close to matching the heights achieved by this classic. His best efforts were probably Cannibal Ferox and Man from Deep River. However, he did make a variety of other movies, with his police dramas, probably his forte. He was always better at action movies, as his horrors were often a bit slow moving, but he really injected a lot of pace and excitement into his action movies, and that is why he is on this list.
For directing the Evil Dead series Sam deserved to make it onto this list. He made 3 of my all time favourites, a feat only matched by the late, great Lucio Fulci. Although Raimi has not made many other great movies, his use of humour, gore and atmosphere in equal quantities have made him famous and qualified him for this list. I don't know exactly what he did, but somehow Raimi's films always have such depth and style and really keep you enthralled throughout their duration.
George A Romero
Maybe the best zombie director of all time, the director of the Living Dead trilogy, Romero uses very clever and subtle techniques within his movies which make each one an experience rather than just something on a screen. There is a great atmosphere in all his films and a great score in most of his movies, which enhance his movies up to the point of being classics. He uses some great techniques and has some very original ideas in his films and really makes the most of the gore and the music he uses and his films really are something amazing to watch.
Michelle Soavi was taught his trade by the legendary Dario Argento, and this does creep through into his movies at times, which isn't really a bad thing. One good thing about Michelle Soavi, isshe did not just equal his tutor's best, but actually surpassed it with his 90's classic Cemetery Man. He uses tension liberally, as did Dario Argento, and his films generally have a great atmosphere and some good music to really heighten the tension. He has made some truly great movies and some that you really must see.
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