Jacob (yak_boy) wrote,

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Scary Movie

This discussion of the relative merits of Undead has made me think about the whole horror genre.

Last week I wrote a post criticising the Japanese film Ring, saying that it was over-hyped and not very scary (unfortunately, the post was destroyed by the stupid TAFE computer).

Anyway, it made me think: Is there really such a thing as a scary movie?

So I throw a challenge out to all you people in LJ land:

What films can you recommend that will scare me?

Bearing in mind that I don't scare easily (except by sudden, loud noises, which is a cheap scare-tactic too often employed by horror films lacking any real scares). I grew up watching horror films, and most notably saw the extremely graphic film Hellraiser when I was eight or nine. Violence and gore are fairly unlikely to scare me.

Now, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining I have usually considered to be relatively scary, and I think the key here is the psychological thriller aspect. What little violence is in the film is not what scares me, it is the transformation of Jack Nicholson's character into a stark-raving loony.

Anyway, I have thrown down the gauntlet. I will be eternally grateful, not to mention surprised, if anyone can find a film that really scares the wits out of me.
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