While the horror genre may not always command a huge amount of respect, it is a genre that boasts many of the greatest filmmakers of all-time. It is incredibly challenging to thrill and scare people through film, and all of these fantastic horror directors were able to do this in their own unique and distinctive fashion. Many of these directors have had an impact on film outside of the genre, while sadly, a couple remain somewhat unknown and unappreciated. Whatever the case, these are the horror directors who have excelled at bringing your nightmares to life.
12. Tobe Hooper
Before Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees haunted people’s nightmares in the 1980’s, the biggest horror icon of them all was Leatherface, from Tobe Hooper’s immensely influential horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Prior to this, no horror had ever felt quite so believable, which paved the way for the countless slasher films that followed. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a horror masterpiece, and is as terrifying today as it was upon its 1974 release. This is largely thanks to the film-making ability of Hooper, who made his movie feel claustrophobic and muggy through lengthy shoots in the sweltering Texas heat. Massacre might be Hooper’s magnum opus, but he also directed a handful of other fantastic horror films, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (an excellent sequel) and Poltergeist (another important horror film). While Hooper has also directed some less-brilliant films, his important and hugely influential contributions to the genre should not be overlooked.