15. Marcus Nispel
Best Music Videos: “Ready Or Not”, The Fugees (1996); “No Time”, Lil Kim feat. Puff Daddy (1996); “Victory” Puff Daddy & The Family feat. The Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rhymes (1998); “Shining Star”, Sunz Of Man feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Earth, Wind & Fire (1998); “Whatcha Gon’ Do”, Terror Squad (1999)
Best Movies: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Keep in mind, “most accomplished” designates that the filmmakers on this list have achieved notable amounts of success—it doesn’t necessarily mean that their movies have all been top-quality. Case in point: Marcus Nispel, the German-American director behind a slew of beloved rap videos from the mid to late-’90s, most importantly The Fugees’ tense “Ready Or Not” and Puff Daddy’s grandiose and operatic “Victory.”
Watching either one of those clips, it’s difficult to comprehend that a guy who oversaw such epic videos could go on to call the plays for two of the worst remakes of the last three or so years: Friday The 13th and this past weekend’s Conan The Barbarian. Both characterless and loudly idiotic, Nispel’s takes on Jason Voorhees and Robert E. Howard’s iconic warrior represent the worst of Hollywood’s cash-in treatment of old, cherished films.
But, hey, Nispel’s reboots normally premiere with extremely lucrative opening weekend grosses (Conan not included), and, to be fair, his 2003 modernization of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has its strong moments. Besides, who do you think they’re going to call when it’s time to remake Child’s Play?