Masters of Horror Fantasy Line Up

Posted by Peter Hall - April 26th 2006 @ 1:56 pm

Sticking with the 13 episode, hour long format, this is my fantasy team of Masters directors. The only qualifiers were that they had to be alive and still be at least slightly active:

David Cronenberg

Credentials: The Fly, The Dead Zone, Videodrome, Shivers, Rabid
Reason: Because he's Cronenberg, and no one can match Cronenberg's eye for horrorific biology.

John Carpenter
Credentials: Halloween, The Fog, In The Mouth of Madness, The Thing, Christine, Prince of Darkness, Village of the Damned, Vampires, Ghosts of Mars, "Body Bags", Cigarette Burns
Reason: Carpenter is a godfather of the genre and has single handedly had more influence on modern horror than any other director.

Don Coscarelli
Credentials: Incident On and Off a Mountain Road, Phantasm, Bubba Ho-Tep
Reason: Incident was the highlight of season 1 of Masters. Plus it doesn't hurt that he can delicately balance humor and endearment with dread.

George Romero
Credentials: The Dead Anthology, The Crazies, Martin, Creepshow
Reason: The Crazies has one of the coolest openings ever. He invented the modern zombie. And he's proven that he can do more episodic material.

Bill Paxton

Credentials: Frailty
Reason: Because Frailty is just that cool and Bill Paxton is really underrated.

Joe Dante
Credentials: Gremlins 1 + 2, Piranha, The Howling, "Amazing Stories", "The Twighlight Zone"
Reason: Dante can tap the energy of the genre like no other.

Alexandre Aja
Credentials: Haute Tension, The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Reason: The Hills Have Eyes is the best horror flick of the past decade. I think Aja is the best hope for future feature length horror, so I'd love to see what he can do with just an hour.

Robert Zemeckis

Credentials: "Tales From the Crypt", "Amazing Stories", What Lies Beneath
Reason: He was one of the producers of "Tales" from the get go, as well as director of some of the best episodes. Not to mention he's one of the most technically accomplished directors of our time.

Walter Hill

Credentials: "Tales From the Crypt"
Reason: Same Tales credentials as Zemeckis, plus he's a great story teller.

Takashi Miike
Credentials: Audition, IZO, One Missed Call, Imprint, Visitor Q
Reason: A true auteur and one of the most exciting directors working in any genre today.

Fred Dekker
Credentials: Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad, "Tales From the Crypt"
Reason: Fred Dekker is the shit. End of discussion.

Joss Whedon
Credentials: "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Reason: Between "Buffy", "Firefly", Serenity and "Angel", Whedon is one of the best storytellers alive and is well versed in the language of those wacky moving pictures. He's conquered the epic series, so I'd love to see what he can do with a stand alone short.

Eli Roth
Credentials: Cabin Fever, Hostel
Reason: Even though I give the man a lot of shit, I do have faith in him and I think for now he'd do good sticking to something short and sweet like MOH.

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  1. Brian
    April 26th, 2006 | 8:23 pm | #1

    No Raimi?

  2. April 26th, 2006 | 8:54 pm | #2

    Good call, and honestly, I just forgot entirely about Raimi.  I guess because he hasn’t made a horror movie (not counting The Gift) in over a decade.  He’s an excellent choice though, especially given how he’s developed with Spidey.  In retrospect, I’d definitely swap Walter Hill out for him…

  3. May 8th, 2006 | 5:49 pm | #3

    I they’re going for another Asian director, then i would like to see Kiyoshi Kurosawa directing something for the second season.

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