Most promising young directors

by cutmangary | created - 17 Mar 2015 | updated - 17 Mar 2015 | Public

Here's a list of some of the most promising young directors - mainly in horror. In no specific order.

1. Adam Wingard

Director | V/H/S

At 19 Adam got his start in feature film making early with his directorial debut Home Sick, a slasher horror film starring Bill Moseley and Tom Toweles. However it was his second effort at 24 years old with the film Pop Skull that garnered him a talent to watch. Made for a budget of around 2000 ...

2. Simon Barrett

Writer | You're Next

Simon Barrett A Horror Writer Day And Night And A Director As Well Is Most Notably Known For Working Alongside Friends And Fellow Film Aficionados Adam Wingard,LC Holt,Lane Hughes,Ti West & Joe Swanberg.His Most Popular Films (Horror) Are You're Next,V.H.S,V.H.S 2,Blair Witch (2016) And Dead ...

3. Marcel Sarmiento

Director | The ABCs of Death

Marcel Sarmiento is a producer and director, known for The ABCs of Death (2012), Totem (2017) and Deadgirl (2008).

4. Kevin Kölsch

Director | Starry Eyes

Kevin Kölsch is a director and writer, known for Starry Eyes (2014), Holidays (2016) and Pet Sematary (2019).

5. Dennis Widmyer

Director | Pet Sematary

Dennis Widmyer graduated from Long Island University's film program in 1999 with four short films and five feature film scripts under his belt. Within a year he began production assistant work on small independent films. In 2000 he graduated to working on studio films and served as an art ...

6. Glenn McQuaid

Visual_effects | V/H/S

Writer director Glenn McQuaid was born and raised in North County Dublin, Ireland. After working as both a visual effects artist and art director in the advertising world, McQuaid's first foray in cinema came about when he coordinated the visual effects on Ti West's The Roost as well as Larry ...

7. Kevin Kopacka

Director | Hades

Kevin Kopacka is an Austrian artist and director.

He grew up in Graz and moved to Berlin, Germany in 2006. In 2007 he started his studies of Fine Art at the University of Arts, Berlin until he graduated in 2012. At the moment he lives and works in Berlin. His work often deals with paranormal and ...

8. Leigh Janiak

Director | Honeymoon

Leigh Janiak is a film director and screenwriter born on February 1, 1980 in Ohio, USA. She is the daughter of Karen L. Janiak and Nestor K. Janiak of Mentor, Ohio, USA. Her feature film directorial debut was horror/mystery Honeymoon (2014) starring Rose Leslie from Game of Thrones (2011), and ...

9. Lawrie Brewster

Director | Automata

Lawrie Brewster is a Scottish Director and Producer with a penchant for the strange and the macabre. His debut release Lord of Tears was released to critical acclaim winning rave reviews from FEARnet, Bloody Disgusting and Ain't it Cool News. Lawrie s perhaps best known for his work creating the ...

10. Mike Flanagan

Editor | Doctor Sleep

Mike Flanagan was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1978 to Timothy and Laura Flanagan. The family relocated frequently, as Timothy was in the U.S. Coast Guard, and finally settled in Bowie, Maryland. As a child, he would shoot and edit short movies on VHS. This continued as he attended Archbishop ...

11. Nicholas McCarthy

Director | The Pact

Nicholas McCarthy is a director and writer, known for The Pact (2012), At the Devil's Door (2014) and Holidays (2016).

12. Jonas Govaerts

Director | Welp

Jonas Govaerts is a director and writer, known for Cub (2014), Of Cats & Women (2007) and Forever (2005).

13. Jeremy Saulnier

Cinematographer | Blue Ruin

Jeremy Saulnier has slyly defined a unique cinematic aesthetic that complements his idiosyncratic narrative premises. His sophomore feature, Blue Ruin (2013) a quirky, crime drama set in a pretty, but grimier part of suburban America was a festival darling and supplanted his name within the ...

14. Joe Stauffer

Cinematographer | Pieces of Talent

Joe Stauffer is a cinematographer and editor, known for Pieces of Talent (2014), A Missing Piece (2015) and Behind Closed Doors (2015).

15. Zack Parker

Producer | Scalene

A native of the Midwest, Zack Parker is originally from the small town of Richmond, Indiana where he began making films at age 11. Acquiring a deep passion and interest in film as he grew, Zack went on to study filmmaking at Ball State University in Muncie, IN and later at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. ...

16. Hélène Cattet

Director | Amer

Hélène Cattet is a director and writer, known for Amer (2009), The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) and Let the Corpses Tan (2017).

17. Bruno Forzani

Director | Amer

Bruno Forzani is a director and writer, known for Amer (2009), The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) and Let the Corpses Tan (2017).

18. Peter Strickland

Director | Katalin Varga

Peter Strickland was born in 1973 in Reading, Berkshire, England. He is a director and writer, known for Katalin Varga (2009), Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and The Duke of Burgundy (2014).

19. Jorge Michel Grau

Director | Somos lo que hay

Jorge Michel Grau obtains a B.A. in Communication from the National Autonomous University of Mexico from 1994-1998 and then graduates with honors in Film Direction from the Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica (CCC); in his professional career he has started as a producer of documentaries and ...

20. Pascal Laugier

Director | Martyrs

Pascal Laugier is a director and writer, known for Martyrs (2008), Incident in a Ghostland (2018) and The Tall Man (2012).

21. Sean Byrne

Director | The Loved Ones

Sean hails from Hobart, Tasmania. The Loved Ones (2009) is his first feature and has achieved official selection at over twenty international film festivals, winning the People's Choice Award, Midnight Madness Category, Toronto International Film Festival (2009) and The Siren Award for Best ...

22. Jennifer Kent

Director | The Babadook

Jennifer Kent was born in 1969 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She is an actress and director, known for The Babadook (2014), The Nightingale (2018) and Monster (2005).

23. Adrián García Bogliano

Director | Late Phases

Adrián García Bogliano was born on July 4, 1980 in Madrid, Spain. He is a producer and director, known for Night of the Wolf (2014), Here Comes the Devil (2012) and I'll Never Die Alone (2008).

24. Gerard Johnstone

Writer | Housebound

Gerard Johnstone is a writer and director, known for Housebound (2014), The Jaquie Brown Diaries (2008) and Justice League Dark.

25. Adam Robitel

Director | The Taking

Adam Robitel graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts.

Robitel's latest film, Escape Room (2019) which he developed and directed for Original Films and Sony Pictures Studios, opened at number 2 in the domestic box office with a stellar haul of 18 million ...

26. E.L. Katz

Director | Cheap Thrills

E.L. Katz got his start in the industry working as a horror/music journalist for While You Were Sleeping, Fangoria, Creature-Corner, and Life Sucks Die.

After graduating Full Sail Film School in Orlando, he collaborated with acclaimed director Adam Wingard on several features as a screenwriter/...

27. John Erick Dowdle

Writer | No Escape

John grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. After graduating St. Thomas Academy, an all-boys, military, Catholic highschool, John moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa. There he would make the move from writing to film. Two years later, John moved to Manhattan to attend NYU's film ...

28. Andy Muschietti

Director | Mama

Andy Muschietti was born as Andrés Muschietti. He is a director and producer, known for Mama (2013), It (2017) and Mamá (2008).

29. David Robert Mitchell

Writer | It Follows

David Robert Mitchell is an American director mainly known for the breakout horror film ''It Follows'' which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2014. in 2002, Mitchell wrote and directed ''Virgin'' a short film featuring Carolina Castro and Cameron Diskin about a local legend...

30. Scott Derrickson

Writer | Doctor Strange

Scott Derrickson was born on July 16, 1966 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is a writer and director, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Sinister (2012) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

31. Fede Alvarez

Director | Don't Breathe

Fede Alvarez was born on February 9, 1978 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He is a director and writer, known for Don't Breathe (2016), Evil Dead (2013) and The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018).



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