The Most Famous Horror Movie Director: A Ranking of Legends in the Genre

Choose the horror movie director you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 08:11
Step into the spine-chilling world of horror movie maestros with StrawPoll's latest ranking - "Who is the most famous horror movie director?" Unleash your inner cinephile and join thousands of fellow horror enthusiasts in determining the master of macabre who has terrified and captivated audiences for decades. From legendary auteurs to modern visionaries, our terrifyingly terrific lineup features an array of iconic names who have carved their niche in the blood-curdling realm of horror cinema. But the power is in your trembling hands! Cast your vote for the ultimate horror movie director or summon the courage to suggest a missing maestro. Don't leave any gravestone unturned - be part of this thrilling quest and let your voice be heard as we embark on this eerie expedition to crown the king of horror movie directors!

Who Is the Most Famous Horror Movie Director?

  1. 1
    Alfred Hitchcock
    Ante Brkan · Public domain
    He is considered the master of suspense and his films like Psycho, The Birds, and Rear Window are still relevant today.
  2. 2
    He revolutionized the horror genre with his slasher films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream.
    Wes Craven in other rankings
  3. 3
    He directed classic horror films like Halloween, The Thing, and They Live. His soundtrack compositions for his films are also iconic.
  4. 4
    He is known as the father of the modern zombie film with his seminal work Night of the Living Dead.
  5. 5
    James Wan
    Gage Skidmore · CC BY-SA 3.0
    He has directed successful horror franchises like Saw, Insidious, and The Conjuring.
  6. 6
    He is an Italian director known for his visually stunning and gory horror films like Suspiria and Deep Red.
  7. 7
    Tobe Hooper
    Dark Attsios · CC BY-SA 3.0
    He directed the classic horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the paranormal thriller Poltergeist.
  8. 8
    Guillermo del Toro
    GuillemMedina · CC BY-SA 4.0
    He is a Mexican director who blends horror with fantasy in films like Pan's Labyrinth and The Shape of Water.
    Guillermo del Toro in other rankings
  9. 9
    David Cronenberg
    Alan Langford · CC BY-SA 3.0
    He is known for his body horror films like The Fly and Videodrome.
  10. 10
    Sam Raimi
    Gage Skidmore · CC BY-SA 3.0
    He is the director of the Evil Dead franchise and has also directed successful horror films like Drag Me to Hell and The Grudge.

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About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous horror movie director. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or director is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 155 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each director once every 24 hours. The rank of each director is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous horror movie director

Horror movies have been a staple of the film industry for decades, and the directors behind some of the most iconic horror films have become legendary in their own right. From the classic works of Alfred Hitchcock to the modern masterpieces of Jordan Peele, horror movie directors have left an indelible mark on the genre. In this poll, we're asking our users to weigh in on who they think is the most famous horror movie director. Will it be a classic director like Wes Craven or John Carpenter, or a newer name like Ari Aster or Robert Eggers? It's up to you to decide!

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