The big names in horror are often recognized by both the genre film community and mainstream entertainment culture. They are showered with accolades by horror fans and film critics, alike. Directors like John Carpenter, Tobe Hooper, and Wes Craven have secured their place in history, but many talented directors go unrecognized for their hard work and noteworthy contributions to the genre. To remedy that, we have begun a recurring segment that gives much needed credit to horror directors that aren’t always shown the recognition they deserve. You can check out part one here. Now we present five more of our favorites…
Richard Franklin With a string of well-made horror films under his belt, it’s a wonder that Richard Franklin didn’t get more acclaim within the genre film arena after arriving on the scene. Franklin helmed Psycho II, Patrick and the Hitchcockian pseudo-slasher Road Games. Despite being at the helm of several memorable horror features, Franklin is rarely acknowledged for his considerable contributions to genre film. It’s tough to say exactly why he never really developed a large following, but we still hold his work in high regard. Any horror fan unfamiliar with Franklin’s work should seek it out; we think you'll be pleased with what you find.
Dante Tomaselli is a master of ambiance. His films are dripping with intense atmosphere and always feature perfectly placed audio cues and haunting scores - which he personally composes for each film. Tomaselli has only put out four features over the span of his almost fifteen-year career, but each is a labor of love and represents the director’s finest work. He doesn’t just make films for financial gain; each feature is a labor of dedication and love that represents a piece of himself. Perhaps the reason Tomaselli hasn’t developed a higher profile is due to his film’s tendency to fly under the radar. His work is unique and eccentric, which, unfortunately, seems to have resulted in his features not receiving the level of exposure that they deserve. Tomaselli is a prolific and talented director and horror fans would be well advised to give any one of his films a go. Tomaselli’s first two films, Desecration and Horror, are out of print, but his third feature Satan’s Playground is available from Anchor Bay, and his latest project Torture Chamber is getting a DVD release on January 28th, 2014. if you haven’t had the pleasure, give Dante Tomaselli's work a look.