In continuation of my list of directors that you should be aware of, I have five more names to add to the list. Many are known among indie horror fans, while others are breaking into different genre directions. Below are five directors that I think have bright futures and should be on your radar.
5. Oklahoma Ward
I'm anxiously looking forward to seeing Ward continue to progress as a director in the future. Be on the look out for Crawl or Die 2 coming soon.
4. James Cullen Bressack
Director James Cullen Bressack (Hate Crime, Pernicious, Bethany) has been churning out films since the ripe old age of 18, with his first feature being My Pure Joy. With several more films already under his belt, this guy shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
I'm personally looking forward to seeing his upcoming horror film Bethany. Keep your eyes peeled for Bressack's films, or else he just might peel your eyes open for you.
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3. Scott Schirmer
Director Scott Shirmer (Found, Harvest Lake, Plank Face) has taken the indie horror genre by storm. I mean this guy has some hardcore dedicated followers!
I first became familiar with Shirmer through his film Found. I really dig the way this guy approaches directing and his passion for the art of filmmaking. I'm looking forward to the upcoming film Plank Face.
2. Jared Masters
Director Jared Masters (Slink, Ballet of Blood, After School Massacre) is a filmmaker whose trademarks include: retro themes, female empowerment, fetishism, burlesque as an art form, voyeurism, society's underbelly, carnival and circus themes, as well as cinematic homages to '80s slasher films and B-movies of the 1960s.
Masters recently finished the silent horror/fantasy film Amethyst. The film centers around a girl who consumes a full vile of LSD (believing it was a shot of alcohol) on her 17th birthday. We follow her descending journey into madness, as her best friend searches for her.
1. Steven C. Miller
Director Steven C. Miller (Marauders, Submerged, Silent Night) first got my attention years ago when I saw the 2012 horror film Silent Night, a remake of Silent Night, Deadly Night. Since then Miller has directed the action thriller Submerged among others.
In 2015, Miller was hired to direct two Bruce Willis films back to back, Extraction and Marauders. This dude is now onto his third film where he will direct Bruce Willis in the action/thriller First Kill, coming in 2017.
So there you have them. Five more directors that are showing mucho amounts of promise and deserve to be known.
Keep an eye out for more lists like this soon, which will include some very talented women directors who need to be recognized.
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