Hollywood's 20 Masters of Horror: The Twisted Talents Raising the Most Hell
The writer-director has been a regular in the indie horror scene since breaking through with 2009’s The House of the Devil, which generated an 86 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes for West’s meticulous homage to early-’80s Satanic panic flicks. His 2011 haunted-hotel follow-up, The Innkeepers, also drew praise from critics: “West freshens up the horror genre with a distinctive, careful camera style and an ability to write with empathy and humor,” raved The New Yorker.
Noting West’s retro aesthetic, THR’s John DeFore predicted that his work would “please many die-hard genre aficionados.” Those audiences also flipped for West’s latest, the Eli Roth-produced Jonestown-esque thriller The Sacrament, which premiered in September at Venice and Toronto.
“Horror is a borderline experimental genre,” he says. “That’s what’s so exciting about it.” Still, West, 33, is ready to move on — for now. He has several scripts on his shelf, ranging from a “traditional Clint Eastwood-style Western” to an “After Hours-type dark romantic comedy,” but the one he’s most excited to shoot is a gritty True Romance-esque road drama. He confides, “I’m horror-ed out for the time being.”
Read THR's complete Masters of Horror list here.