RambosRemodeler wrote:Also horror is completely subjective. Just because it isn't scary to you doesn't mean it isn't scary to someone else.
As well as this, Horror can be a very delicate genre because a good horror film can be made completely redundant if viewed in the wrong circumstances (as an extreme example, watching The Shining in isolation in a giant abandoned hotel v watching it during the day on the sofa with someone who giggles at the scary bits). For it to work, I think you have to take it quite seriously, suspend your disbelief and go with it.
The Exorcist still chills me to the bone during moments. Some of the sound design in particular...just the voice that Regan speaks in is enough! But also when the sound guy explains to Karras that the recording is English backwards and when they reverse it and play it, I still get spooked.
Outside of the occult, I tend to get scared by films that I find disturbing. In recent years, I found Kill List quite effective. Although it's not really a straight horror, it has a deeply unsettling atmosphere. A lot it seems to be cultivated in your mind by the sense of dread it builds without really showing much...the ending was a bit heavy handed though. It Follows was good too, the execution was perhaps not scary (too much fun, really), but that idea of an unstoppable force you can never escape taps into my conscious as it's like a reoccurring nightmare. I like Ringu/The Ring for the same reason...an inescapable nasty fate is quite a horrific idea to me.