10 Great Horror Directors of the 21st Century


Horror seems to be reemerging as an art form in the last decade and a half, specifically in the last five or so years. Below I’ve listed, in my personal preference order, ten of the greatest horror directors of the 21st century.

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10.Eli Roth

Films: Cabin Fever (2002), Hostel (2005), Hostel II (2007), The Green Inferno (2013), Knock Knock (2015)

Upcoming: The action-drama Death Wish starring Bruce Willis

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9. Sylvia and Jen Soska

Films: Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009), American Mary (2012), See No Evil 2 (2014)

Upcoming: Rabid 2, which has very little information listed online so far.

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8. Alexandre Aja

Films: High Tension (2003), The Hills Have Eyes (2006), Mirrors (2008), Piranha 3D (2010), Horns (2013)

Upcoming: He has the mystery thriller The 9th Life of Loius Drax on tap.

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7. Rob Zombie

Films: House of 1,000 Corpses (2003), The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), The Lords of Salem (2012), 31 (2016)

Upcoming: Unknown

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6. Adam Wingard

Films: You’re Next (2011), The Guest (2014), Blair Witch (2016)

Upcoming: He’s supposedly working on a remake of the 2010 Korean film I Saw the Devil

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5. Michael Dougherty

Films: Trick r Treat (2007), Krampus (2015)

Upcoming: Hopefully completing the long-awaited Trick r Treat 2

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4. Fede Alvarez

Films: Evil Dead (2013), Don’t Breathe (2016)

Upcoming: According to the interwebs, Alvarez will direct a live action version of the video game Dante’s Inferno.

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3. Ti West

Films: The House of the Devil (2009), The Sacrament (2013), The Innkeepers (2011)

Upcoming: West is doing a western: In the Valley of Violence (2016)

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2. Neil Marshall 

Films: The Descent (2005), Dog Soldiers (2002)

Upcoming: Marshall is working on a remake of the 1960’s television show Lost in Space

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1. James Wan

Films: Saw (2004), Dead Silence (2007), Insidious 1 and 2, The Conjuring 1 and

Upcoming: Wan is joining the DCU with Aquaman (2018)

Okay readers, which horror directors are you favorites? Who is my list missing? Leave your suggestions in the comments!

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