5. Tobe Hooper
When The Texas Chainsaw Massacre came out in 1974, it was a total horror game changer. Nobody had seen anything so honest or believable before. It was practically a documentary, slash an unbelievable nightmare, slash a totally believable nightmare. Hooper singlehandedly invented the verite style of horror, creating copycats into perpetuity. Though he wasn't the writer for it, Hooper also hit it huge in the franchise game by directing the first of the Poltergeist films (though the story of the Poltergeist production is one shrouded in controversy, as Spielberg apparently strong-armed the entire directorial process, whilst in the producer role.) But the 2 franchises alone are seminal to the genre, especially since it was deemed worthy to reboot TCM by none other than Michael Bay (as producer – Marcus Nispel directed.) Since the 2 series though, Hooper hasn't done much to brag about, but his notoriety still stands on its own. Hopefully, he can channel his roots with the upcoming Stephen King adaptation, From a Buick 8.