They are the contemporary voices of an ages old ideal, the new fear masters in a genre sometimes stunted by its own lack of (critical) legitimacy.
Some horror legends are still around -- Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter, George Romero, Dario Argento -- and every once in a while they happenstance into something that adds to (instead of detracting from) their already regal reputation. They are the current Masters of Horror, creepshow kings extraordinaire. Then there are the near-misses, the Michele Soavis and Bernard Roses who made massive initial impressions (Dellamorte Dellamore and Paperhouse, respectively) before slinking off into scary movie exile.
Indeed, thanks to the rise in technology, the bankability of fear, and the unbridled fandom which fuels many homemade horror movies, there are very few maestros left in the macabre, man or woman. In fact, it's safe to say that many of the moviemakers today, your Marcus Nispels and your Bryan Bertinos, seem more interested in moving beyond dread, to play with the "real" artists of the cinema, so to speak.
Luckily, among the wannabes and the wanderers are a group of individuals dedicated to the genre. They are making strides toward saving the shivers while putting their own indelible imprint on fear. Some do want to move on, to make movies that make you laugh or cry vs. scream, but for the most part, they are the dedicated followers of fright. For this particular list, we've tried to find both the obscure and the obvious while keeping our collection within the commercial. Apologies to true indie auteurs with camcorders and MacBooks at hand: your $2K opus may be terrific, but until you pay your dues and do it, large scale, we'll reserve you for a look at untapped talent. Instead, here are the 10 (actually, 13) best new breed horror directors working today. Argue all you want about their particular creative charms, but these are the names that will mark terror... until the next batch rolls up.