Top Directors Who Went From Horror/Thriller To Blockbustersby Deadpool2016 | created - 6 months ago | updated - 1 month ago | Public
Hollywood always try to hire indie comedy directors to helm their big budget movies, it doesn’t always work (unless it’s the MCU) but theirs a different way, Hire Directors from from a horror or suspense driven movie backround. Here are some examples of why it works
Producer | Schindler's List
One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...
BLOCKBUSTER: Close Encounters, Indiana Jones, E.T, Jurassic Park
Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8 movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies,...
HORROR: Bad Taste, Braindead, The Frighteners
BLOCKBUSTER: The Middle-Earth Franchise, King Kong
Writer | Avatar
James Francis Cameron was born on August 16, 1954 in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada. He moved to the United States in 1971. The son of an engineer, he majored in physics at California State University before switching to English, and eventually dropping out. He then drove a truck to support his ...
HORROR: The Terminator, Aliens
BLOCKBUSTER: Terminator 2, True Lies, Avatar
Director | Die Hard
John McTiernan was born on January 8, 1951 in Albany, New York, USA as John Campbell McTiernan Jr. He is a director and producer, known for Die Hard (1988), Predator (1987) and Last Action Hero (1993). He has been married to Gail Sistrunk since 2012. He was previously married to Kate Harrington, ...
HORROR: Nomads, Predator
BLOCKBUSTER: Die Hard, The Hunt For Red October, The Thomas Crown Affair, Last Action Hero
Soundtrack | Escape from New York
John Howard Carpenter was born in Carthage, New York, to mother Milton Jean (Carter) and father Howard Ralph Carpenter. His family moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where his father, a professor, was head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. He attended Western Kentucky ...
HORROR: Halloween, The Fog, The Thing
BLOCKBUSTER: Escape From New York, Big Trouble In Little China, They Live
6. Sam Raimi
Director | Spider-Man
Highly inventive U.S. film director/producer/writer/actor Sam Raimi first came to the attention of film fans with the savage, yet darkly humorous, low-budget horror film, The Evil Dead (1981). From his childhood, Raimi was a fan of the cinema and, before he was ten-years-old, he was out making ...
HORROR: The Evil Dead, The Gift, Drag Me To Hell
BLOCKBUSTER: Darkman, Spider-Man
Writer | El laberinto del fauno
Guillermo del Toro was born October 9, 1964 in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. Raised by his Catholic grandmother, del Toro developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens. Later, he learned about makeup and effects from the legendary Dick Smith (The Exorcist (1973)) and worked on making his ...
HORROR: Cronos, Mimic, The Devils Backbone
BLOCKBUSTER: Blade 2, Hellboy, Pacific Rim
8. James Wan
Writer | Saw
James Wan (born 26 February 1977) is an Australian film producer, screenwriter and film director of Malaysian Chinese descent. He is widely known for directing the horror film Saw (2004) and creating Billy the puppet. Wan has also directed Dead Silence (2007), Death Sentence (2007), Insidious (2010)...
HORROR: Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring
BLOCKBUSTER: Furious 7, Aquaman
9. Ridley Scott
Producer | The Martian
Described by film producer Michael Deeley as "the very best eye in the business", director Ridley Scott was born on November 30, 1937 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (then County Durham). His father was an officer in the Royal Engineers and the family followed him as his career posted him ...
BLOCKBUSTER: Blade Runner, Gladiator, The Martian
10. Richard Donner
Director | Superman
Richard Donner was born on April 24, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA as Richard D. Schwartzberg. He is a director and producer, known for Superman (1978), Ladyhawke (1985) and Lethal Weapon (1987). He has been married to Lauren Shuler Donner since November 27, 1986.
HORROR: The Omen
BLOCKBUSTER: Superman, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon
11. Brian De Palma
Director | Dressed to Kill
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...
HORROR: Sisters, Carrie, The Fury, Dressed To Kill, Body Double
BLOCKBUSTER: The Untouchables, Mission Impossible
12. Tony Scott
Producer | Domino
Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...
HORROR: The Hunger
BLOCKBUSTER: Top Gun, Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy Of The State
13. Gore Verbinski
Director | Rango
Gore Verbinski, one of American cinema's most inventive directors who was a punk-rock guitarist as a teenager and had to sell his guitar to buy his first camera, is now the director of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) which made the industry record for highest opening weekend of ...
HORROR: The Ring
BLOCKBUSTER: Pirates Of The Caribbean, Rango
14. James Gunn
Writer | Guardians of the Galaxy
James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, to Leota and James Francis Gunn. He is from a large Catholic family, with Irish and Czech ancestry. His father and his uncles were all lawyers. He has been writing and performing as long as he can remember. He began making 8mm films at the age ...
BLOCKBUSTER: Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Suicide Squad
Director | Lights Out
HORROR: Lights Out, Annabelle Creation
16. Scott Derrickson
Writer | Doctor Strange
BLOCKBUSTER: Doctor Strange
17. Edgar Wright
Director | Shaun of the Dead
Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg...
HORROR: Shaun Of The Dead
BLOCKBUSTER: Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, The World’s End, Baby Driver
18. Matt Reeves
Writer | Let Me In
Born on April 27, 1966, Matthew Reeves is a writer, director and producer, known for his directorial work on Cloverfield (2008), Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017). Reeves was born in in Rockville Center, New York and was childhood friends with director ...
HORROR: Cloverfield, Let Me In
BLOCKBUSTER: Dawn/War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Batman
19. Gareth Edwards
Visual_effects | Monsters
Gareth James Edwards was born on June 1, 1975 in the English town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Growing up, he admired movies such as the 1977 classic "Star Wars", and went on to pursue a film career. He even cites George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as his biggest influences. Edwards studied BA (Hons) ...
BLOCKBUSTER: Godzilla, Rogue One
20. Neil Marshall
Director | Dog Soldiers
Neil Marshall was born on May 25, 1970 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. He is a director and producer, known for Dog Soldiers (2002), The Descent (2005) and Doomsday (2008). He was previously married to Axelle Carolyn.
HORROR: Dog Soldiers, The Descent
BLOCKBUSTER: Doomsday, Centurion, Hellboy
21. Zack Snyder
Producer | Wonder Woman
Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter, best known for action and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake Dawn of the Dead and has gone on to be known for his comic book movies and ...
HORROR: Dawn Of The Dead
BLOCKBUSTER: 300, Watchmen, Man Of Steel, Batman Vs Superman
Writer | Trick 'r Treat
HORROR: Trick R Treat, Krampus
BLOCKBUSTER: Godzilla: King Of Monsters
23. J.A. Bayona
Director | El orfanato
HORROR: The Orphanage
BLOCKBUSTER: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Producer | The Shallows
BLOCKBUSTER: Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night, The Commuter