Let Them Fight! Special Horror Edition

Welcome to “Let Them Fight!”, where we pit directors with similar backgrounds against one another and let YOU, the commenters decide on who reigns supreme! For an overview of past fights and what’s coming up, click here .

What to Consider

Obviously, which director do you think is better than the other? But what film of theirs proves your point. Remember, it isn’t so much about which film made the most money or was a critical darling, but in your mind which Director is better than the other in terms of style, risk, scope, etc.

How I Tally the Votes

I look at the comments posted (only first comments, no replies) to see who they picked. I don’t count comments that don’t give a clear answer on who they chose. If you want your comment to count make sure it is not a reply to someone else’s comment and has a clear definite winner.

Let Them Fight! is back with a special horror edition. To have been selected, these horror directors had to have not been a part of the initial rounds of the series. So, the three directors chosen are: Sam Raimi, George A. Romero, and Tobe Hooper.


Sam Raimi

Date of Birth: October 23, 1959 (age 58)

Best Known Horror Film: The Evil Dead (1981)


George A. Romero

Date of Birth: February 4, 1940 (age 77; died in 2017)

Best Known Horror Film: Night of the Living Dead (1968)


Tobe Hooper

Date of Birth: January 25, 1943 (age 74; died in 2017)

Best Known Horror Film: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)


Alright, FIGHT!

  • *blank stare*

    Hooper. I think his horror is visceral, imaginative and genuinely creepy.

  • LOL

  • Poppity ⚰️

    I agree. I have a cheap ripoff copy from China and the box smells horribly of bad plastic but at least I’ve got it. 😛

  • Boxing Helena was great.

  • Poppity ⚰️

    I agree. Bigelow is overrated. At least you and I will offer differing opinions on that!

  • sailor monsoon

    I am definitely excited to see the female director fight
    But then I’m going to be sad when bigelow wins the whole thing.

  • Poppity ⚰️

    Interesting, I would have to disagree with you here. I think Campion is definitely a Thriller director with splashes of horror, though that is clearly not her focus. Her approach is more subtle, often with sexual overtones. She’s definitely unique.
    I see what you mean about Chambers-Lynch. Honestly, I had to check her updated filmography because for a long time after Boxing Helena, she had practically no fresh credits to her name. In that case, she definitely deserves a nod — but alongside Campion.
    As for the other names, in Sailor we trust … 😛

  • sailor monsoon

    I think campion is a very strong director and in the cut is definitely a thriller but i don’t consider her a horror director or even a thriller director for that matter.
    Boxing helena isn’t exactly horror per say but her entire oeuvre is almost nothing but horror.
    And karyn kusama made Jennifer’s Body and the excellent The Invitation

  • Poppity ⚰️

    Do you consider Boxing Helena as Horror? As far as I know, that was Chambers-Lynch’s only real mainstream film. She has very few directoral credits to her name. (I don’t know the others you named.)
    Campion could be considered at least in the Thriller genre.

  • Joshua Martyniouk

    Sam Rami because Spiderman!

  • Kemosabe 🦇

    Sam Raimi.

  • Sam Raimi

  • Sam Raimi

  • January 2018. Female Let Them Fight! begins.

  • sailor monsoon

    Mario Bava

    And how was Sam Raimi not in the main roster?
    He should’ve been pitted against Peter Jackson

  • sailor monsoon

    There’s unfortunately not a lady horror directors.
    And the majority of them only have one horror film.
    These 4 are the only ones i can think of that stick exclusively to horror:
    The Soska Sisters
    Karyn Kusama
    Jennifer Lynch
    Jackie Kong

  • Joe Newman
  • Romero

  • Poppity ⚰️

    I don’t know these guys enough to vote but I have to ask: Where are the ladies?

    I think that Jane Campion should get a nod for her psychological thrillers.

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