Poll Suggestion: Which Horror Movie Director made the best films in the 70s and/or 80s

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This is referring to directors who made multiple movies around this time, and are mostly known for the movies they made in this time period (regardless of if they also made movies in other decades) and have directed at least 3 full length horror movies from either of these decades (sorry Sam Raimi, Stuart Gordon, and Clive Barker). And the best director should be chosen based on the quality of the movies they made during these decades, ignoring all other decades.  I left out some really obscure movies beside their names because its taking too long clicking on all of them to see what they are. Feel free to suggest other directors!

Some directors off the top of my head to include are:

  • Lucio Fulci (A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Don't Torture a Duckling, Zombi 2, City of the Living Dead, The Black Cat, The Beyond, The House by the Cemetery, The New York Ripper, Manhattan Baby, Murder-Rock: Dancing Death, Aenigma, Zombie 3)
  • Dario Argento (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Suspiria, Inferno, Tenebre, Phenomena, Opera)
  • David Cronenberg (Shivers, Rabid, The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly, Dead Ringers) John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog, The Thing, Christine, Prince of Darkness, They Live)
  • Wes Craven (Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, The Hills Have Eyes Part II, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Shocker)
  • Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Eaten Alive, Salem's Lot, The Funhouse, Poltergeist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2)
  • George Romero (The Crazies, Martin, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Day of the Dead, Monkey Shines)..
  • Ruggero Deodato (Jungle Holocaust, Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park)
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Is Silver Shamrock's next of kin eligible?

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FYC: Mario Bava (Hatchet for a Honeymoon, A Bay of Blood, Baron Blood, Four Times That Night, Lisa and the Devil, Rabid Dogs, Shock)
For this suggestion to be considered as a poll you'll need to create a list of the directors on IMDb, then put a link to this thread on the list and a link to the list on this thread. :)
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How do I link things? The button is gone to edit my original post
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imma just repost because my foolish self forgot john carpenter
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Oh sorry, I forgot. On Get Satisrfaction you can't edit your original post once someone commented in the thread. An admin will do that.
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If just choosing from the list of horror film directors which Victoria has provided for IMDb members, I'd have to go with John Carpenter.  And my choice of Carpenter is based solely on the strength of his 1978 film "Halloween", as well as his 1982 film "The Thing". I actually think of the often underrated "The Thing",  as being the superior horror film of the two. Because "The Thing" contains such truly edge of the seat scenes, like the one in which Kurt Russell's character is subjecting blood samples taken from each of his individual compatriots, at an Antarctic research outpost, to each sample being tested, one at a time, to being exposed to the heat of a flame, to determine if a possible tendency of alien blood to reflexively protect itself by moving away from the flame, will suddenly reveal it's donor as no longer being human, but instead, having become inhabited by the alien. That, IMHO, is one very intense scene!

On the other hand, when we were in college, my buddies and I saw Dario Argento's "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage"  during it's run at a Long Island, New York,  movie theater, and we all thought the title of the movie was more interesting than the film, itself, which struck us as being quite a yawner, for a horror movie. But about 6 years ago, I was given a dupe of that flick,  and Victoria's post may have inspired a fresh viewing tonight. Also, a friend's loan of the "Suspiria" DVD, led me to make a good dupe of that film. I've only watched about 3 quarters of "Suspiria", and it's famed use of color seemed, IMO, to be the most interesting aspect of a rather slow moving film. But I really need to give that movie a fair consideration by ACTUALLY viewing the WHOLE THING! 

Now regarding another Italian director of horror films: Lucio Fulci, I've yet to see any of his work. But the flaky sounding titles of a number of the Fulci movies which Victoria listed, sure make it seem likely that the man was creating more than his share of grade B schlock.

Now Tobe Hooper certainly made a splash with the tense and claustrophobic "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", and though I love "Poltergeist", it's sometimes been written that Steven Spielberg was calling more of the shots in the making of that picture, than Mr Hooper was. In 1981 I saw Mr Hooper's  "The Funhouse" in an almost empty Barberton, Ohio movie theater, but sadly, it WASN'T FUN for me. Although seeing that film by myself, with almost no other people present, on a dark and rainy Northeast Ohio night, certainly should have aided in creating the kind of atmosphere that could enhance a horror film's effect. So I'd not waste time viewing that disappointment again. 

It's interesting to me that Victoria didn't happen to list 1968's "Night of the Living Dead" among George Romero's accomplishments, since that film is always mentioned first when anyone does a retrospective of Romero's work. That movie is not only, arguably, Romero's greatest single achievement, but, let's face it, "Night" is responsible for launching the popularity of today's entire genre of zombie flicks. And what Mr Romero achieved back in 1968, with such a shoe-string budget, not only gave us a black & white horror film far more moody & creepy than most color horror efforts, but Romero even managed to throw in some satire, in the bargain.

BTW, I think Wes Craven only has a horror reputation to the degree that he has, largely due to the Freddy Krueger character, and the character's very threatening looking razor tipped fingers.

And I've yet to see a Ruggero Deodato film, but the man has a reputation of making extremely low budget flicks which work to be as gruesome and graphic as possible, which can also make them seem quite cheesy.  

But as for David Cronenberg, he might be the one director on Victoria's list whose overall output should actually give him a more well deserved reputation for being able to create good horror flicks, than John Carpenter has shown the ability to do. Carpenter was my initial choice here, but I had to rethink that upon considering Cronenberg's impressive remake of "The Fly", as well as Mr Cronenberg's film, "The Dead Zone", with the terrific Christopher Walken, which is certainly near the very top of the best film adaptations that have been made from Stephen King's writing. Also, though it's a somewhat uneven film, David Cronenberg's "Videodrome" contains a number of very strong scenes,  which can easily send chills through the viewer. 
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Night of the Living Dead is 1968, which is not the 70s or 80s.

Fulci is actually my favourite on the list because of his films such as The Beyond, Don't Torture a Duckling, Zombi 2, City of the Living Dead, The House by the Cemetery and The New York Ripper. He has great visual style and the best soundtracks (especially NY Ripper). I've however not watched a lot of his movies that have bad ratings and look like trash, so its very possible he's a total hack, but I've never seen a movie of his I didn't like.
And David Cronenberg wins for consistent quality, but since The Beyond is one of my top 10 movies and I wanna support the little guy, I have to vote for Fulci.
I like all the other directors, except for Tobe Hooper. I think he's very overrated and Poltergeist was a fluke of a good movie. TCM is the most overrated horror movie ever made in my opinion.
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Yes, I certainly violated the parameters of your listing of horror movie directors who made the best films in the 70s or 80s. Though the fact that setting such a limitation caused George Romero's, arguably,  greatest film,  and undeniably, his most influential film,  to not be mentioned, because it was just 2 years too early, makes me question the way that you defined your list. Because if I'd gone about making a list of great horror films which associated itself with the 1970s and 80s, I'd have preferred to entitle it The Greatest Horror FIlms Ever Made During The Careers Of Directors Who Were Active During The 70s and 80s.

In a way, Victoria, your list reminds me of compiling the greatest horror films of the last quarter of the 20th Century, as defined by films that had their U.S. premieres between January 1st 1975 and December 31st 1999, which, unfortunately would leave out,  the best acted, and often considered, the best made, horror film of all time, 1973's "The Exorcist". 
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I reposted my suggestion because I never linked the imdb list (and I cant delete this post) so please start discussing on the new one
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The best are allready named. John Landis. 1, ~2? (Schlock)
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Hi Victo and welcome to poll authoring. :)

This is a pretty good idea that prompted a lot of discussion so it should be interesting and likely popular. Dan gave you all of the essentials so I look forward to looking at your list. Lists are easy to make, especially after the first fifteen minutes, and a lot of fun. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Good luck and have fun. 
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"Lists are easy to make, especially after the first fifteen minutes, and a lot of fun."
Exact opposite for me. :(
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It's no contest- Wes Craven was and always will be "THE KING OF HORROR".