"Tragedy is when I get a paper cut on my finger. Comedy is if you fall down an open manhole."
Favorite Scene From A Movie
Even though I really didn't care for the movie, a scene from "An American Werewolf in Paris" has stuck with me all these years as the pinnacle of raw creepiness for me. When the main character is running through the sewers for some forgotten reason he hears a sound behind him and sees a distant figure. Partially illuminated by moonlight streaming in from a sewer grate, the figure is indiscernible, but is in actuality a werewolf standing on it's hind legs. What comes after that scene isn't worth mentioning, but the image painted during that tense moment when the main character stared at the creature changed my views on horror movies from that day forth. It's not the "in your face scares" or "over the top violence" that makes me love horror films, but the subltle, creepy feelings of uncertainty and dread that prey upon our irrational human fears, such as seeing an unfamiliar figure standing at the end of a long, dark tunnel. That's what I love in horror films.
Too many to list...
James Cameron, Sam Raimi, Ridley Scott, Peter Jackson
Horror is definitely my favorite, closely followed by Sci-Fi.