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This list of the best horror directors in film history has ranked by the community as the absolute best in the genre. This list features the film industry’s best horror directors of all time and includes pictures and titles of their best horror films. Who are the absolute best horror directors in film history? The directors on this list have made some of the scariest, most frightening movies ever.
 
This list details the best horror directors in history and many of these directors have received numerous awards for their best work. The directors featured here are from all around the world and from different time periods in history. Many are still currently creating amazing films in the horror genre today.
 
This list features the film industry’s best horror directors and includes great directors like Wes Craven, Alfred Hitchcock, George A. Romero, David Lynch, David Argento, Mario Brava, John Carpenter, James Whale, and Terence Fisher, Roman Polanski.

Vote up the best horror film directors ever or add the director of scary horror movies you think is best, if he or she isn't already on the list.
John Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Directors in Film History
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John Carpenter


John Howard Carpenter is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor and composer. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, he is most commonly associated with horror and science fiction films from the 1970s and 1980s. Most films in Carpenter's career were critical and ...more

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Credits (Film): Halloween, The Thing, Dark Star, Starman

Birthplace: Carthage, New York, United States of America

Age: 69

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#9 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

#50 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#23 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Directors in Film History
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Alfred Hitchcock


Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in British cinema in both silent films and early talkies, renowned as ...more

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Credits (Film): Psycho, Shadow Of A Doubt, The Birds

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Age: Died at 81 (1899-1980)

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#1 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#72 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#1 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#4 on The Worst Oscar Snubs of All Time

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Wes Craven is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Directors in Film History
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Wes Craven


Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven is an American film director, writer, producer, and actor known for his work on horror films, particularly slasher films. He is the creator of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise featuring the Freddy Krueger character, directed the first installment and Wes Craven's New ...more

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Credits (Film): The Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 78

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#72 on The All-Time Greatest Horror Writers

#80 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#48 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

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George A. Romero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Directors in Film History
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George A. Romero


George Andrew Romero is an American-Canadian film director, film producer, screenwriter and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about a hypothetical zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead. ...more

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Credits (Film): Night Of The Living Dead, The Crazies, Martin, Dawn Of The Dead, Day Of The Dead

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 77

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#14 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

#97 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#48 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

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