Who’s the Better Director? Wes Craven or David Cronenberg

Welcome to round two of Face/Off! For the next 12 weeks we will be pitting two directors who won their round one matches against each other 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

Who He Beat in Round One: Dario Argento (9 to 5)

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)


David Cronenberg

Who He Beat in Round One: Sam Raimi (13 to 8)

1960s to 1980s Directorial Features: Stereo (1969), Crimes of the Future (1970), Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), Fast Company (1979), The Brood (1979), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988)

1990s to 2010s Directorial Features: Naked Lunch (1991), M. Butterfly (1993), Crash (1996), Existenz (1999), Spider (2002), A History of Violence (2005), Eastern Promises (2007), A Dangerous Method (2011), Cosmopolis (2012), Maps to the Stars (2014)


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

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Face/Off: Craven vs. Cronenberg

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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