Who’s the Better Director? Wes Craven or Dario Argento

Welcome to the inaugural season of Face/Off! This season, we’re pitting two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and letting YOU, the commenters, decide on who reigns supreme!

You have to decide which director is better than the other? Various factors could play into your decision from who takes the biggest risks to who has the more distinctive style. Remember, it isn’t so much about which director has made the most money at the box office or won the most awards, but, in your mind, which director simply makes better films.

Let’s analyze the filmography of today’s challengers.


Wes Craven

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: The Last House on the Left (1972), The Fireworks Woman (1975), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Deadly Blessing (1981), Swamp Thing (1982), The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Deadly Friend (1986), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), Shocker (1989)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: The People Under the Stairs (1991), Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994), Vampire in Brooklyn (1995), Scream (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Music of the Heart (1999), Scream 3 (2000), Cursed (2005), Red Eye (2005), My Soul to Take (2010), Scream 4 (2011)


Dario Argento

1970s & 1980s Directorial Features: L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo (1970), Il gatto a nove code (1971), 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971), Le cinque giornate (1973), Profondo rosso (1975), Suspiria (1977), Inferno (1980), Tenebre (1982), Phenomena (1985), Opera (1987)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Trauma (1993), La sindrome di Stendhal (1996), Il fantasma dell’opera (1998), Non ho sonno (2001), Il cartaio (2004), La Terza madre (2007), Giallo (2009), Dracula 3D (2012)


Only one can move on. Let the Face/Off begin!

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Face/Off: Craven vs. Argento

Who's the better director?


Discuss in the comments below your favorite films from each director and who should advance to the next round.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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