Until this time horror film directors were more interested in making films that used the standard horror elements and didn’t relly seem too willing to push expectations.
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Tobe Hooper: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2, Eaten Alive, Poltergeist, The Tool Box Murders (remake). Tobe Hooper’s first horror film was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and it’s influence upon the horror genre is still quite strong.
George A Romero: Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, day of the Dead, Creepshow, The Crazies. The man who invented what is considered the modern zombie.
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John Carpenter: Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Prince of Darkness, In the Mouth of Madness, Christine.
Wes Craven: The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The People Under the Stairs, Scream.
David Croenenberg: Scanners, The Brood, Videodrome, The Fly (remake), Shivers.
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Stuart Gordon: Re-Animator, From Beyond, Castle Freak, The Pit and the Pendulum, Dagon, King of the Ants, Stuck.
Peter Jackson: Bad taste, Dead Alive, The Frighteners.
Clive Barker: Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Lord of Illusion.
Rob Zombie: House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween (remake).