Some of the greatest horror movies of all time have been directed by non-genre filmmakers dipping their toe into the medium. Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, William Friedkin's The Exorcist and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now are all high points of horror from directors marked for their diversity of genres.
But the most enduring influences on horror have largely come from those filmmakers who have dedicated themselves to scaring the life out of audiences, contributing everything from how to produce effective special effects on a shoestring budget, to the establishment of horror sub-genres which have survived to the present day.
Their movies have spawned countless franchises and a wide range of imitators, clogging the shelves of video rental stores throughout the 1980s and 90s and enjoying a contemporary revival in an age of reboots and remakes. But as with all imitations, rarely have these movies lived up to the same high standards of their sources of inspiration.
From the founding fathers of the slasher movie, through to the architect of countless zombie outbreaks and the Godfather of Gore, these ten directors are the true masters of horror cinema.