ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Hostel, Saw, The Descent, The Devil's Rejects, High Tension, Wolf Creek: for many modern horror fans, at least one of these great films will be your favorite horror movie. Although no one 'movement' created these movies, they are united by their freshness, power and, yes, bloodiness.

A decade ago, film critic Alan Jones coined a term for a bunch of film-makers who ascribe to this mode of horror film-making: The Splat Pack. Eli Roth, who is included in the bunch, describes the Splat Pack aesthetic simply:

You may never have thought about these horror directors in this way before, but those brought under the Splat Pack banner have probably written, directed or produced some of your favorite horror movies of the 20th Century.

1. Alexandre Aja

Alexandre Aja and High Tension. Image: Facebook / Lionsgate
Alexandre Aja and High Tension. Image: Facebook / Lionsgate
''In Europe, there is no horror movie. It's very hard to make a slasher or gory movie. There is no audience for that.''
  • Haute Tension (2003)
  • The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
  • Mirrors (2008)
  • Piranha 3D (2010)
  • P2, Maniac (2007, 2012, Producing Role)

2. Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie and The Devil's Rejects. Image: Facebook / Lionsgate
Rob Zombie and The Devil's Rejects. Image: Facebook / Lionsgate
''My movies are supposed to be shocking and horrible. I don’t want it to be fun. When they would suggest certain cuts, I said, ‘Look, you are trying to make it OK by making it less horrible. It should be horrible and uncomfortable.’''
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
  • The Devil's Rejects (2005)
  • Halloween, Halloween II (2007, 2009)
  • The Lords of Salem (2013)
  • 31 (2016)

3. Eli Roth

Eli Roth and Hostel. Image: Facebook / Lionsgate
Eli Roth and Hostel. Image: Facebook / Lionsgate
''I find the whole notion of torture porn insulting. People assume these are movies made by idiots for idiots. They’re not. These films are very subversive.''
  • Cabin Fever (2002)
  • Hostel, Hostel II (2005, 2007)
  • The Green Inferno (2013)
  • Knock Knock (2015)
  • Aftershock, The Sacrament, Clown (2013, 2014, Producing role)

4. Adam Green

Adam Green and Hatchet. Image: Facebook / Anchor Bay Entertainment
Adam Green and Hatchet. Image: Facebook / Anchor Bay Entertainment
''A movie with nothing but violence is not a good movie. But one that is actually entertaining around the horror is one that people will remember and watch again and again.''
  • Frozen (2010)
  • Hatchet Franchise (2006, 2010, 2013)
  • Digging Up The Marrow (2015)

5. Darren Lynn Bousman

Darren Lynn Bousman and Saw II. Image: Facebook / Lionsgate
Darren Lynn Bousman and Saw II. Image: Facebook / Lionsgate
''I think there's a perception of me that I'm the dark lord of all that is scary and gory, but that's completely false. I love musicals. My house is very brightly lit. It's not what people would really expect from a Saw director, but I think that's what allows me to do the things that I do.''
  • Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Mother's Day (2010, reboot)
  • Abattoir (2016)

6. James Wan and Leigh Whannell

James Wan and Leigh Whannel and Saw. Image: Basement Screams / Lionsgate
James Wan and Leigh Whannel and Saw. Image: Basement Screams / Lionsgate

“I don’t care if everyone looks down on us. What do I get out of it? I get to know that I’ve contributed to pop culture, which is amazing.” - Leigh Whannell

''We think craft is important, and the irony has always been that horror may be disregarded by critics, but often they are the best-made movies you're going to find in terms of craft. You can't scare people if they see the seams.'' - James Wan

  • Saw Franchise (2004—Present )
  • Dead Silence (2007)
  • The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 (2013, 2016)
  • Annabelle (2015)
  • Insidious Franchise (2011—Present)
  • Lights Out (2016)


7. Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez and Planet Terror. Image: Facebook / Dimension Films
Robert Rodriguez and Planet Terror. Image: Facebook / Dimension Films
''I don't think anyone can be more of a predator than a human being.''
  • From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
  • The Faculty (1998)
  • Planet Terror (2007)
  • Machete (2010)

8. Neil Marshall

Neil Marshall and The Descent. Image: Wiki / Lionsgate
Neil Marshall and The Descent. Image: Wiki / Lionsgate
''I do enjoy intense, bloodthirsty action, but I like to blend and cross genres. I don't want to be too predictable... I enjoy scaring people too much to let it go!''
  • Dog Soldiers (2002)
  • The Descent (2005)
  • Doomsday (2008)

9. Greg McLean

Greg McLean and Wolf Creek. Image: Facebook, Dimension Films
Greg McLean and Wolf Creek. Image: Facebook, Dimension Films
''When you're playing with very known patterns of narrative events, you just have to twist one little thing, and it suddenly becomes very original. It's kind of like what Alfred Hitchcock did in Psycho . There's a sadistic pleasure to watching an audience realize you've broken the rules and anything goes."
  • Wolf Creek (2005)
  • Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

Poll

Which Splat Pack horror classic do you like the best?

If anything, the Splat Pack could be considered a kind of Anglo-wing of the New French Extremity movement, and many more talented film-makers can be considered their contemporaries or successors: Ti West, Adam Wingard, The Soska Sisters, Fede Alvarez, Can Evrenol, Ben Wheatley, Sean Byrne, Tom Six, Jaume Collet-Serraand more.

Who is your favorite modern horror movie director?

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Source: Youtube, Wiki, Variety, Brainy Quote, AZ quotes, Basement Screams, Facebook, Successories, EW, Dread Central