[Written by Charlie Clarke]
Another double blog month I hear you say? Well don’t say we don’t spoil you guys! To celebrate BAFTA/OSCARS month we thought we’d share with you some of the directors we’ve got our eyes on and who are inspiring us here at Superfreak HQ.
Known for Midsommar (2019) and Hereditary (2018) – If there’s one thing we’ve have come to expect from Ari Aster it’s the perfect blend of dark humour and horror and unflinching graphic violence. His films might divide audiences, but they definitely get you talking! We can’t wait to see what his next film Dissapointment Blvd. has in store for us.
Known for The Witch (2015) and The Lighthouse (2019) – It didn’t come as a surprise to us when we found out that Eggers started out as a theatre designer and director in New York, because his films certainly have a level of theatrical grandeur to them. He certainly has built a name for himself despite only having 2 features under his belt. You only have to look at the actors on his upcoming film The Northman to know he’s certainly got the industries attention!
Known for Nasty (2015), Censor (2021) and being our special guest on our ‘No Ghoul’s Allowed’ podcast – Women In Horror Month Episode! – We are a big fan of Prano here at Superfreak HQ, so we were over the moon when she was named a 2021 ‘Director to Watch’ by Variety, as well as being a one to watch on many other prestigious lists. Her debut feature Censor was premiered at Sundance Film Festival, so we are sure we are going to see her picking up big awards in her future.
Known for Saint Maud (2019) – To say Rose Glass’s first feature has been hailed by critics as a “horror masterpiece”, won her the The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director) at the British Independent Film Award, as well as the film picking up two BAFTA nominations, tells us she’s one to watch. We cannot wait to see what she does next.
Known for His House (2020), Exhale (2009) and Fright Bites (2016) – If you haven’t yet watched His House over on Netflix, stop what you’re doing and go and watch it right now! It’s unsettling, unnerving and will stay with you long after the credits have rolled, no wonder it earned Weekes the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer at the BAFTAs this year!
Known for Lovecraft Country (2020), Underground (2016) and Helix (2014) – Misha caught our eye for her work as the showrunner of the supernatural series Lovecraft Country on HBO, especially since we made own Lovecraft inspired creation ‘THE COPY-WRITER’ a few years ago. She has some pretty spectacular writing credits under her belt, including work on Sons of Anarchy, so we are super excited to see what she does when she takes on the Tomb Raider 2 movie as both a writer and a director.
Known for her work on episodes of Creepshow (2021) and The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) – After a brief stint in front of the camera, Belgian director Axelle Carolyn turned her hand to directing, and we are so glad she did. With her next film The Manor currently in post- production, we are excited to see where her career goes next.
Known for Promising Young Woman (2020), Killing Eve (2019) – After replacing Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the head writer for the second series of Killing Eve and winning two Prime Time Emmy’s for the pleasure, we had high hopes for her first feature film Promising Young Woman and since it earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, we think it’s safe to say she killed it! She has paved the way for many future female filmmakers, especially those from England as she has become one of only seven women, and the first British woman, to earn a nomination in the directing category! We can’t wait to see what she does next.
We always love these kinds of blog posts as it gives us chance to talk about the people that inspire us as filmmakers and we hope you agree, the list above is a pretty bloody good bunch to be inspired by.
What directors do you guys have your eye on? Have we missed someone? Let us know in the comments. You know we love to hear from you guys!
Until next time, stay safe and keep it creepy!