The Fellini of Horror.
Whilst the British have Hammer Films, the Italians, not to be outdone, have the lurid, surrealist and outright bonkers world of Giallo cinema, the undoubted high priest of which is Dario Argento. Born in Rome in 1940, Argento is widely regarded as one of the biggest influences on the modern day slasher film, with many notable directors, including John Carpenter citing such films as Suspiria and Deep Red as having influenced their film making. Feeling brave? Check out our list of other great Italian gothic horror masterpieces here, and if you ever find yourself in Rome do track down Dario's horror memorabilia shop/museum, Pronfondo Rosso, we dare you to venture into the basement.