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What is it about films that keeps us coming back? Is it that it feels good to get scared or do they do more than offer cheap thrills? The genre has always pushed the boundaries of what scares us and asked us why we're afraid. Many of us remember the first film that scared the shit out of us as kids and for most of us it started a love affair with everything creepy and haunting.

In a recent series of interviews with Film Four, some of the biggest names of horror, Eli Roth, M.Night Shyamalan and Tim Burton, have opened up about their love for the genre.

Check out the legendary directors talk about their love for Horror:

To kick off this Halloween weekend, we've decided to take a closer look at the iconic directors and what attracts them to the ghoulish world of scary films.

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1. Tim Burton

Check out the trailer for Sleepy Hollow below:

Tim Burton has been dabbling in the dark arts of horror for decades now and even if his films aren't filled with blood, guts and viscera, he has created some of the most loveable monster characters in recent memory.

For Burton, monster culture was ubiquitous growing up and he always identified with the outcasted freaks instead of the pitchfork-wielding crowds. The macabre visual world of Horror allowed him a space to explore who was normal and who was a freak and why we label people as such.

2. Eli Roth

Watch the trailer for Hostel below:

Most of us sitting down to watch Hostel for the first time weren't quite ready for the stomach-churning festival of gore and viscera that was on display. Director Eli Roth revels in keeping audiences on the edge of their seat by turning his characters inside-out in more ways than one.

Eli Roth shared a passion for all things horror from an early age but he always enjoyed the more violent side of the genre. Exposing himself to the likes of Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead and Faces of the Death from the age of 11, the young Eli was outcasted by his friends in his conservative community. He realised the power Horror had as a counter-culture and how it could be used as a therapeutic outlet for repressed anger.

3. M.Night Shyamalan

Check out the trailer for The Sixth Sense below:

If there's any director who's worthy of inheriting Hitchcock's title as "Master of Suspense", it has to be M. Night Shyamalan. His films use the element of surprise that's integral to the Horror genre to keep the audience guessing and to provide some genuine shocks and twists.

M. Night reflects on his childhood obsessions with different Horror films that he would force his parents to rent for him from the Blockbuster. He quickly learned the power behind scaring audiences after spooking his cousins with his Ouija board, pretending to speak to spirits in the house.


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