I know this has been asked many times before but I thought I'd bring it up again. There are so many wonderful directors and it probably isn't fair to ask you, no, to make you pick just one, but it is what I am doing so do it now!! Fulci, Argento, Soavi, Rollin, Franco, Grau, Avati, Deodato, Lenzi, M. Bava, L. Bava, Martino, the list goes on and on. I did some debating and it didn't take more than 15 seconds, I swear. I picked Lucio Fulci, hands down. I'm not saying he is the best, I'm only saying that he is my favorite. Let's take a closer look and I'll tell you why Fulci started out making of all things - comedies and you know what, he excelled. These are his earliest films. I think they are genius. He has a way of presenting a film,not always the most creative or understanding plots but the atmosphere he creates is simply unmatched. Getting off the course I want to follow, I bring up City of the Living Dead - it is fantastic, sure the plot isn't the best, the acting isn't Oscar calliber, but the viewer is taken in by the wonderful atmosphere, it is something that really can't be defined but is there and carries us, the fog, the gore, the story just engrosses the viewer, making us ask for more. Getting back on track a little more. So the comedies were fascinating, he then jumps right into a western, yes Mr, Fulci. Using Massacre Time as the example. The gore,story, acting, is top notch. Not bad for a guy who made comedies before this. He made a few westerns, all of them very effective in my book. These were never fully appreciated and I hope with them becoming available on dvd, that they finally get the praise they deserve. So he has done comedies, westerns, what next you ask? Horror, he steps into the horror genre, A Lizard In A Woman's Skin is my idea of cinematic perfection. Every single frame he filmed in this movie, to me, is perfection. This not only is my favorite Fulci film, although House By The Cemetery is basically on par to this, it is my all-time favorite film and I'll tell you why. He gives me everything I could ever ask for with this film. Plot, gore, intrigue, atmosphere, suspense, makes me think, it touches all my senses. It is the pinnacle of perfection. This is where I am deeply angered by ignorant critics of his who claim he is a hack, what a pitifullly misguided, ignorant statement. It angers me deeply. How can a man, a director, a storyteller, who made films in basically every major genre be called a hack? I just don't get it. In lizard we have a story much before it's time, dealing with sexuality, a major feat for it's time. Like I said, it is perfection. Comedies, Westerns, Horror - a very impressive resume thus far and we aren't even to what has been basically his most well known film, not shabby at all. Don't Torture A Duckling is a wonderful giallo, up there with anything the likes of Argento has ever made. The story here is captivating, moving, and quite simply beautiful. I have watched this over and over and over and find new things in it every single time. Kudos to you Mr. Fulci. Zombi 2 - his most well known film, is a feat in itself. Coming out right after Dawn of the Dead, which is an amazing film also, treated fans to an all out Zombie fest. Still to this day, I can picture the Zombie popping out of the ground, you know, the ones on the cover of Anchor Bays DVD, what a fantastic visual that is. No offense to Mr. Romero but Fulci's zombies are THE best, period. Zombie boasts excellent gore, nice score, I really dig the music, acting I liked, nice plot - what a film it is. Talk about a great ending too!! Look at his next films; Zombi 2, City of the Living Dead, The Smuggler, The Black Cat, The Beyond, House By The Cemetery, The New York Ripper - All within a span of 3 years!! And still he has been called a hack, absurd!! Ok, I've bored you long enough - I think his films speak for themselves really - and that is why he is my favorite director - No other director does for me what Fulci does - his atmosphere can't be touched. I am so glad that many of his works can be appreciated by new audiences with the emergence of DVD. Fulci Forever! I would love to hear everyone elses' favorites and why.