The Top 13 MASTERS OF HORROR: Writer/Directors

By Preston Garrett · July 29, 2010

1. Wes Craven

Yes, he's number one.  Before we even got to know our best friend, and arguably most famous totem of horror supervillains (a Sir Freddy Kruger, Esq.), Craven made 2 of the most copied horror films of all time without breaking a sweat… and spawned reboots of them in the past few years – The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes (he also directed a sequel to Hills himself in the 80s.)  Even though Carpenter more or less spawned horror franchises, Craven is the tried and true dominator of the franchise.  Directing only 2 of the Nightmare on Elm Street films (the original from 1984 and New Nightmare ten years later), the Nightmare series is the most successful horror moneymaker of all time.  And what's one of the others?  It rhymes with Scream.  What really sets Craven apart from these other directors (in our humble opinions) is his overseeing presence over the production of all his films, whether they're his original babies, or spinoffs.  And to his ingenue credit, Scream came out of nowhere and totally re-injected horror as a mainstream genre again – a clever movie about movies that parodied none other than Wes Craven himself.  No, Craven didn't write the script, but he brought life to it that only a true master of the craft could.  And guess what – get ready for Scream 4… 5, and 6 – Craven's back.  But to be completely honest… the most terrifying movie of Craven's – Music of the Heart with Meryl Streep.  Not scary because it's actually scary – scary because it makes you wonder why the hell Craven hasn't dabbled more in non horror cinema.  Keep going, Wes.