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.