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5. Joel and Ethan Coen

There is something captivating about how the Coen brothers capture the soul of their characters, and say so much with such simplicity. They have an uncanny gift with how they portray salt of the earth folk and Americana. The duo are also masters of tension and dark humor, as seen in No Country for Old Men and Fargo. That’s why if (and when) Hollywood decides to do another readaptation of Stephen King’s terrifying novel Salem’s Lot, these masters of storytelling should be at the top of the directors list. The Coen’s sinking their teeth into a horror film about vampires infesting a small town with frequent collaborator Roger Deakins handling the creepy, gorgeous cinematography could be the next Oscar-worthy King adaptation.

6. Martin Scorsese

Scorsese has been creating gritty, award-winning films like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas long before many of us were born, and he’s still going strong. His psychological thriller Shutter Island was just on the fringe of the horror genre, and he left fans craving more. If his highly anticipated The Devil in the White City adaptation about the infamous serial killer H.H. Holmes ever comes to fruition, we may get to see one of his most terrifying characters yet.

7. Wes Anderson

Ok, hear me out on this. Anderson’s quirky humor and unique visual style could potentially make for a hilarious horror comedy given the right premise. Saturday Night Live even made a spot-on Wes Anderson horror movie spoof as a joke a few years back. However, after watching the fake trailer, the concept of a Wes Anderson horror film actually began to seem more enticing than absurd. Imagine Ralph Fiennes starring as the eccentric host of a Clue-like murder mystery with Anderson behind the camera. The Haunted Budapest Hotel, anyone?

8. Christopher Nolan

Nolan knows the art of filmmaking intimately, and has woven it into the ways he tells his stories with films like Memento, The Prestige, and Inception. His movies are filled with thought-provoking, profound ideas, which can often be the most terrifying to fathom. Give him a Lovecraftian horror film where he can use those mind-bending concepts to plunge audiences into madness. 

What directors would you like to see try their hand at the horror genre? Let us know in the comments!