Topic: Horror Directors of the Last Decade

It often takes a while to really determine a film's or director's impact on the public and the genre shortly after a movie's release. Now that's it's been a few years since the end of the last decade we can look at the creators and the followers of fads with less biased on eyes. So who were the most influential, who were the best directors of 2000-2009?

I think an obvious fad of the 2000's is the emergence and popularity of torture porn (a crude name if I ever heard one) and extreme gore.

Torture porn type horror seemed to be started mostly by James Wan and Leigh Whannell with the inception of Saw. Also consequently it's probably the best film in it's style. Featuring an original idea and execution. It was also really suspenseful, a key aspect missing in many later torture movies.

Another key writer/director has to be Eli Roth. Cabin Fever really in some ways brought back a lot of the gorier aspect of horror that was oddly missing throughout most of the 90's. Obviously he also helped form the torture genre with Hostel. Which was really a stripped down version of the torture sub-genre the inspired other flicks like Turistas.

Oren Peli is another key director, though I feel his influence is more felt in this current decade than the last. Paranormal Activity re-booted the horror genre for the next decade. Moving away from the torture and gore of the Saw series and movies like Hostel, Turistas or Captivity and back into the found-footage style briefly flirted with by Blair Witch, and the evergreen supernatural terror.

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Say what you will.  I Think Fred Vogul has stepped up as an emerging Horror Filmaker in the past decade.  I've met Fred and have had good chats with him and I know he has a ton of great ideas for where Horror should go for the next 10 years.

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JackBurton wrote:

Say what you will.  I Think Fred Vogul has stepped up as an emerging Horror Filmaker in the past decade.  I've met Fred and have had good chats with him and I know he has a ton of great ideas for where Horror should go for the next 10 years.

I just did a bit of research into this dude. Tell us more about him. It seems he's mostly well known for making extremely gory movies with realistic special effects.

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I understand his fan base is fairly split, but Rob Zombie is my personal favorite horror director of the 00's.

House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween (remake), The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (the most disturbing cartoon movie in existence) Halloween II (everyone's favorite movie on here if I'm not mistaken tongue ), and now, even though it's 2013 - The Lords of Salem. Yep, the guy has his misses, but I still think he's a great talent, and I can't wait to see what other things he does in the future.

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^^^ Ditto.  For me Zombie is the cream of the crop of "new" horror directors.  As you say he's had his misfires, but from a purely directorial standpoint he's already cemented his signature look and approach; you know a Rob Zombie movie when you watch one.  That's the trait of a great director.  And I'm dying for Lords of Salem!

I'll also give a nod to Alexandre Aja and Ty West, though West still has to make up for The Innkeepers with me (loved House of the Devil; thought The Innkeepers was a snoozer). 

Oh!  And duh, I just remembered, Guillermo Del Toro.  Sure, he made a couple minor horror films in the 90s but it wasn't until The Devil's Backbone in '01 that he truly came into his own.  The guy's a visual artist on the level of...I dunno...some really good famous artist (I don't know art, I just know movies lol ).

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Zombie, for sure he's my actual Horror best one, Aja  Roth, Nakata, Slade are mine.

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Dennis Devine, Ted V. Mikels, Bill Zebub, Jim Wynorski, Joe Castro, Mark and John Polonia, Dave DeCoteau.

But you have to remember what some of my specialties are; in this case, awful horror films.  big_smile

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I thought of Zombie right away after posting but, figured screw it someone else will post him. Good call on Aja and Nakata both definitely made an impact on horror in the 2000's. Especially Nakata, Ringu started a whole movement (or at least popularized it in north america) of Asian horror films.

I love Guillermo Del Toro, but his movies just don't feel like horror to me. He feels like a fantasist, like a darker Terry Gilliam.

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azathoth wrote:

Dennis Devine, Ted V. Mikels, Bill Zebub, Jim Wynorski, Joe Castro, Mark and John Polonia, Dave DeCoteau.

But you have to remember what some of my specialties are; in this case, awful horror films.  big_smile

I'm actually a fan of Wynorski, moreso the Polonia Brothers.  I'm actually in the process of downloading two (!) of their movies right now.

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Slowly we draw him to the dark side....

Wynorski actully did do some decent films.  The Polonia's The House That Shrieked is a fun one- has the right mix of WTF, bad FX, and a convoluted plot.  (Bad acting is a given.)

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Hell, that's the whole reason to watch Polonia Bros flicks. lol

I haven't seen that one yet, but I've seen a bunch of their stuff.  In fact the two I'm downloading are Splatter Farm (one of their earliest flicks; I've only ever seen bits and pieces of the cut version, but the copy I found is uncut so it should be pretty wild) and Dweller, which I also haven't yet seen.

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Ti West and I do not think Adam Green has been mentioned yet.

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JJ wrote:

Ti West and I do not think Adam Green has been mentioned yet.


I have been loving Ti West's stuff!  I especially liked the short he did for V/H/S.  I find his movies just sort of sneak up on you.  There's lots of buildup to a crazy climax!  I dig it.

I'm also a pretty big Rob Zombie fan.  Not so much Halloween 2...But his others are great.  I saw the Lords of Salem at TIFF, and I thought that Sherri Moon Zombie did an awesome job.  In my opinion, it was HER best movie, but not his.  I'm still a sucker for House of 1000 Corpses...That's still in this decade...right?

I thought Alexandra Aja was going to be amazing after I saw High Tension...but then he just did a lot of remakes *womp womp*

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I like Jim Mickle's work - Stakeland and Mulberry Street

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First name that came to mind was Ti West, I really have loved all his work so far.

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James Wan - Saw was brillant, Insidious was okay, Death Sentence was bad ass, though not horror.

No one has mentioned Eli Roth? LOL Love him or hate him he's a fanboyat heart and his movies haven't been great but I like Cabin and Hostel II. I think there both pretty solid flicks.

The Butcher Brothers - The Violent Kind, The Hamiltons, The Thompson's

Neil Marshall - The Decent, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday

Edwardo Sanchez - Blair Witch Project, Altered, Lovely Molly

One's to watch for: Jason Eisner (Hobo) and the Soska sisters (American Mary)

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^^^
I did. Love him. Hostel, Cabin Fever and all. Cool actor too like he proves in Death Proof.

kXnPunk wrote:

Zombie, for sure he's my actual Horror best one, Aja  Roth, Nakata, Slade are mine.

And I wanna add Del Toro that I forgot.

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Rob Zombie and Ti West are my favourite directors right now from the past decade. 

Evelyn- we have to get together at TIFF next year smile  BTW... Shock Stock in London, Ontario is coming up in April with some pretty good guests.

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As of right now I believe the best modern day horror directors are Zombie and Roth (who really needs to start making more films). Adam Green and Ti West are also right up there. As is Fred Vogel; I believe if someone gave him the proper budget he would easily the best horror director out there right now.

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I think Roth is defo one of the worst prominent filmmakers today, myself.

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I wouldn't say Roth is a bad director; from a technical standpoint, he's actually quite good.  Especially Hostel 2, which had some genuinely brillaint directorial touches.  It's his writing that keeps his films from being truly memorable for me, plus his incessant self-hyping doesn't help his case much, either. 

But as a director I see him having a lot in common with Lucio Fulci.  Both are perfectly capaple techinicians, but Fulci's best films were written by others (mostly Dardano Sacchetti).  If Roth can find himself someone who's as good a writer as Roth himself is a director, then perhaps he'll deliver a truly exceptional film.

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This.  His execution is fine, his ideas are bunk.

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I agree 100% Lon, as a director he does a nice job picking shots and buildint tension...but for me its not necessarily the writting so much as it is the subject matter of his films, mainly the Hostel films. I think the reason I like Hostel II as much as I do is because of Roth's directing and the strong female lead...but ultimately its still just a splatter flick.

Cabin Fever is an aquired taste, the dialogue is laughable at times but I think a lot of it was meant to be that way. Its a fun flick that I consider Roth's homage to horror of the 80's.

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I recently read Roth is in post-production on a cannibal flick called The Green Inferno (which trivia hounds will recognize as the original working title for Cannibal Holocaust).  I wouldn't normally hold much hope for it, but the fact that he's not the sole writer (he co-wrote it with a spanish writer whose name escapes me at the moment but who's done a lot of dramatic work) has me thinking that, subject matter aside, maybe this one won't turn out as bad as Roth's other flicks.  We'll see.

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I have to admit I'm not a big fan of Cabin Fever outside of Sir Kicks-a-lot, but it's very hard to pull off "it was meant to be that way [laughable]," without looking subpar.  The main reason way I don't like the Hostels or Cabin Fever is that there is no reason or followup.  If people start going missing in a certain part of Europe over and over, or if people are getting sick in one area in Lon's backyard, authorities are going to notice.