POLL: Who is the Greatest Horror Director?

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POLL: Who is the Greatest Horror Director?

POLL: Who is the Greatest Horror Director?

There’s only a few days left until the spookiest holiday of the year and to celebrate in anticipation, ComingSoon.net is asking our readers to dive deep into the horror genre for our poll asking just who is the greatest director in the horror genre, exploring everyone from the iconic Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho) to cult hit deliverers such as Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses). Place your vote in the poll below and let us know any other favorites in the comments!

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POLL: Who is the Greatest Horror Director?
Alfred Hitchcock
John Carpenter
George A. Romero
Steven Spielberg
Guillermo del Toro
Wes Craven
Sam Raimi
Peter Jackson
David Cronenberg
M. Night Shyamalan
Roger Corman
Joe Dante
Stuart Gordon
John Landis
David Lynch
Brian De Palma
Tobe Hooper
Don Coscarelli
Clive Barker
Roman Polanski
Eli Roth
Jordan Peele
Mike Flanagan
James Wan
Andy Muschietti
Scott Derrickson
Rob Zombie
Jennifer Kent
Fede Álvarez
Michael Dougherty
Ari Aster
Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Alexandre Aja
Patrick Lussier
Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo
Mario Bava
Dario Argento
Lucio Fulci
Antonio Margheriti
James Whale
Tod Browning
Bert I. Gordon
William Castle
Freddie Francis
Terence Fisher
Roy Ward Baker
Richard Franklin
William Malone
Steve Beck
Mick Garris
Adam Green
Mary Lambert
Darren Lynn Bousman
Ernest Dickerson
Frank Henenlotter

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The horror movie genre is one frequently remembered for both its menacing antagonists and the storytellers who bring them to life, but choosing which is the better is one of the toughest decisions to make of all genres. There’s no denying the charm and technical innovations made by early filmmakers such as Hitchcock, Roger Corman (The Raven), Mario Bava (Black Sunday), Dario Argento (Suspiria), Lucio Fulci (The House by the Cemetery), Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocalypse), James Whale (Frankenstein), William Castle (House on Haunted Hill), Tod Browning (Dracula), Bert I. Gordon (The Amazing Colossal Man), Freddie Francis (The Evil of Frankenstein), Terence Fisher (The Mummy) and Roy Ward Baker (Quartermass and the Pit).

That being said, there’s a lot of fun and chills to be had from those with access to bigger budgets and special effects of the later 1900s and took it in more surreal or comedic directions including John Carpenter (The Thing), George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Guillermo del Toro (Cronos), Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Peter Jackson (The Frighteners), David Cronenberg (The Brood), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), David Lynch (Eraserhead), Brian De Palma (Carrie), Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist), Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) and Clive Barker (Hellraiser).