Today I'm participating in the Express Yourself Meme, hosted by Dani and Jackie.
The challenge? Discuss the scariest movie or book you've read that made you unable to sleep. That's complicated for me, since today's horror movies seem very gory to me. I usually like the concepts, like this one coming out later this summer:
The preview seemed sufficiently terrifying, but the movie itself will undoubtedly involve a lot of blood and disassembling of people.
To me, the scariest horror movies are the ones that stay with you long after you've seen them. No, I'm not talking about the image of Lindsay Lohan's fingers being slowly cut off by some psycho. I'm talking about those movies that don't actually show you what happened. They work on your mind.
Sure, Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling had that ability, but more recent filmmakers have done that, as well. The first one that really got to me was this one...
When they could hear the sounds of their friends screaming out there...somewhere... Well, I'll just say that was the spookiest thing ever. You never saw anyone dismembered or killed in that movie. Real fear is like that. You have no idea what's out there...waiting for you.
But hope wasn't lost with The Blair Witch Project's inevitable oversaturation of the American consciousness. Later...much later...came Paranormal Activity and its ensuing sequels. While there was a little gore spread throughout, those movies were pretty darn scary. You see, it was what you couldn't see that was scariest of all...
To me, these movies that capture everything on surveillance video or handheld documentary cameras are terrifying. Why? Because the audience feels like we could be on the other side of that. And when someone leaves the room and we hear that scream...what we imagine is far scarier than what a director can show us. In fact, once they show it, it stops being scary and just becomes yucky.
Am I right on that?
What's the scariest movie/book you've ever experienced? Do you know a non-gory horror movie that uses imagination rather than violence to scare people? If so, recommend in the comments.
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