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What makes the perfect horror

Journal Entry: Sat Nov 5, 2011, 2:02 AM


I loooooovvvveeeee talking about movies...so that is what I shall do...

Just watched Paranormal activity 3...my god it was terrible but then again I don't have a clue why I was expecting much .... It was a boring repeat of both the first movies and even tried to entwine the 'scary cult' effect :iconyawnplz:... The only movies that I think pull of the documentary or home-video gone wrong is the remake or original version of rec. and The Blair Witch Project. I am quite nit picky with movies and I don't find many/ if any movies scary but one I remember giving me chills was the movie The Langoliers made from the novel by Steven King, this could have been because I was 8-9 at the time :shrug:

I find movies where the 'antagonist or evil force' stays hidden or is never revealed to be the best since this draws on the fear of the unknown while your cookie cutter Hollywood movies need to have all kinds of gory special effects and scary monsters in an attempt to scare viewers. I was quite the horror junky a while back but I liked the classics like the original Halloween, Nightmare on Elm street, Alien, Friday the 13 etc.

Some of my favourite horror/thriller/zombie movies T^T 28 days later, 28 weeks later, The roaddamn this movie is brilliant, Dawn of the Dead, All the alien movies, Sunshine ( the more psychological thriller type movies that I love to death are The Machinist, American Psycho, A clockwork Orange  ( and Dogville though it was more of a drama)

least favourite...god where do I start...Hostel, All the saw movies, The day after tomorrow, 2012, knowing, The remake of Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm street, ( I quite liked the remake for Friday the 13th... Jason running was epic ) Alien vs Hunter, All the Alien vs Predator movies, Freddy vs Jason, All the scream movies ( number one was kinda ok though ) Though I really do love watching 'bad' horror movies, they are hilarious! I still need to watch the Human Centipede and Teeth XD

Soooo tell me? what is your favourite scary movie and why? and if you can recommend some ones that you think are good, I will be happy *3* Also what in movies scars you? and what makes you :iconfacepalmplz:


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Sweetly-Deranged Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cloverfield and War of the World. I also enjoy My Bloody Valentine and Saw.

What makes a perfect horror movie? Unpredictable scenes. Good actors. Things that are sudden and make you jump. And lots of blood! I also enjoy when everyone dies. Or if not, at least most of them.

What makes me face palm is when these women run for their lives and always seem to fall down. Scenes where you know what's going to happen because you've seen it in so many movies already.
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12xXAnneXx12 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I haven't watched all too many horror movies... Mainly because it's only recently that I've begun to like them. The only movies that have scared me before, though, are more on the psychological side, and less of the gory side. Personally, I find gore hilarious. I mean, some movies just make it look entirely unreasonable and I have to laugh at it! xD ...but I've yet to find a movie that really 'scares' me.
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magic-biscuit-tree Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Student Writer
Something realistic is always scarier. But The Omen freaks me, it was the first horror film I saw and I was five at the time. I can remember never sleeping
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artsygirl123 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011   General Artist
Hmm... I'm a realy wimp when it comes to horror movies. I never watch them for my own will. My friends love them, so I get dragged to them all the time, though XD I would have to say "Friday the Thirteenth" and "The Excorcist" are the two scariest movies I've seen. Especially "The Excorcist." That thing is really messed up :iconscaredplz:
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applejuiice Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i jumped so many times in paranormal activity 3 but it wasnt scary, it was actually extremely stupid, like the worst one yet :p
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Moonrisepower Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I looooooooooooove the Machinist. I am a big christian bale fan, but I would have loved it anyways.
I haven't seen a lot of good horror movies. I did see blair witch project, which was all right. My brother has seen human centipede and teeth and described them in great detail to me... seemed pretty hilarious.
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Shikakira Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
The Uborn is good
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chaos-of-vinnie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
I'm not that much of a horror person; I get scared quite easy, but I do enjoy a nice thriller where it keeps the mind guessing, and yes I find not knowing straight away what the 'bad-guy' is straight away always makes it more frightining.
I'm useless when it comes to gory films, or people being tortured it always gets me emotionaly aka I cried when I watched Hostel and didn't even get halfway through XD
I hate zombie films and don't find them interesting :/ the kind of films that scare me are ghost films such as Poltergeist, this maybe because I was young, but I remember it being very scary. The other thing that terrafies me is freaky ass puppets, like ventrilaquist ones, that come to life and kill people *shudder* I watched Dead Silence last night and it freaked me out!!! X/

Teeth is laughable you'll probaly enjoy that, uh, Mirrors is a little freaky. I can't think of any others :S
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yanxxx Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Asian horror movies! They give me the creeps. You know like the ring, the eye, one missed call, shutter, the grudge... that kind of stuff.
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thebagelfiend Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
silence of the lambs. that is all.
yeah... the blair witch project was good. i'm a horror movie junkie.
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Mourge40k Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
... I'll admit, I loved the first Paranormal Activity. And the second and third as well. This is mostly due to them building off each other, though. However, the one horror movie that will always remain in my mind is The Thing. Carpenter managed to perfectly blend just the right amount of disturbing goriness with paranoia. For me, few movies can compare.
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disturbingcalamity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
I actually love the SAW movies, but not coz they're scary, as they're not. I just like the ideas behind it all.
I like horror movies where you think it could actually happen. They are what I think are the scariest. Simply foir the fact that that shit could actually happen in real life.
Mind you, I love NIghtmare on Elm Street, but that's more for the fact that it's pretty much damned impossible to beat him. Everyone has to sleep, and it's pretty hard to not fear something that kills everyone you know.
But yeah, give Diary of the Dead a go. It's actually pretty terrible (so why would you wtach it, you ask? lol) it's about a Zombie Apocolypse (OH GOD ANOTHER ONE?) but it's the most realistic one I've ever seen. Which I think is what freaked me out about it lol.
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Eerie-Lullaby Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
See I am a horror junkie myself. But it's not the fact of being scared that makes me a junkie. I just find them better than most other movies. With the story line, the fx, and even some acting. I have not yet found ANY movie to even scare me. Even when I was a kid wasn't scared of horror movies. They are just VERY entertaining.
now going back to Paranormal Activity. The first one was bad. the third one was absolutely horrible. The second one I just couldn't stop laughing. I saw it in the theaters and I laughed at EVERYTHING. Most of all at the people who were screaming. I then went again with a group of homosexual best guy friends.... and that... WOW. That just made the movie experience 100 times FUNNIER~!!!! I could not stop laughing that time.
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506RL Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Ahh I love talking about horror movies...
My fave: Ginger Snaps, Day of the Dead, Evil Dead and Battle Royale (BR is better in the manga though, but the film is still good, and the book too, btut he second film is Sh*t). I don't like Day of the Dead cause of the horror (it's really not scary at all) but I love it for Bub the zombie... he is SO CUTE (he's in my profile pic <- lol, ain't he adorable?). Ginger Snaps is great, although lots of people don't like it cause it has a lot of swearing... :shrug: . One girl even said it was boring :O but she didn't watch the whole thing, so screw her!!
ANYWAY, I haven't seen many horror movies that have ACTUALLY scared me, but the ANIME Higurashi no Naku Koro ni scared the crap out of me, mainly cause of how all the characters turn phycho on each other ever 5 episodes and start stabbing the crap out of eachother... but really, it was an epic anime, and the complex-ness of the story is awesome in the second series (4 series, 2 of which are OVAs, so only 2 series really plus comedy episodes). So yeah I guess if there had to be a film that scared me a lot it would have to be a bunch of harmless looking teenagers going psycho on eachother due to paranoia and stuff... meh, sounds a but like Battle Royale, haha. Maybe I just don't get scared easily.
ACTUALLY there is a film that scared me so much... Evil Dead. it's so epic and freaky and stuff... a great watch. I reccomend all the films that I have said so far, actually.
The Shining, The Grudge... there are too many, I cba to list them all. But they're good too.
But... there are awfully hilarious ones, too. Like Child's play is soooo rubbish... a killer doll cause some criminal's soul is in it and he needs a new body? Wtf? And Friday the 13th was OMGLMAOROFLLOL. Like, seriously. Words cannot describe how hilarious the slow mo, dramatic music, fake blood, dramatic movements that would never happen in real life. I haven't seen the new one, is it good?
And I thought Nightmare on Elm street wasn't too bad... teen horror movies are a bit boring after youve watched lots though, I guess.
The Thing is also quite facepalm-y... and there's this film called Colin that you've probably never heard of, but I couldn't decide if it was amazing or hilariously rubbish... how bout you watch it and tell me? Haha.

Murhhh I cba to type any more...
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lordratchezlath Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
the movie usually doesnt scare me but the soundtrack will later when im trying to go to sleep...
the shining is the best/most recent example i can think of for that...
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Me-is-kohaku Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
the only horror movies that REALLY freak me out are ghost movies!!!!!

its always like 'lalalala' mindin your own business and you turn around and HOLY SHIT! IT'S THE GHOST!!!!!!!!!!
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brendon195 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Aliens. Such a great movie.
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doggonee Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Psycho
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nocoolnamesavailible Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I am forever scared of the Grudge...I watched a couple years ago, and just the mention of it gives me chills!
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DonRondo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Some fairly recommendable classics:
- The Shining (1980) - the atmosphere couldn't possibly be any gloomier <3
- The Thing (1982) - made me almost crap my pants when I was a kid, and I still find it really creepy
- some of the Hellraisers are quite ok imo, as well

And if you want something sick and disturbing, try
- Crash (1996)
- Antichrist (2009) or
- A Serbian Film (2010)

To be honest I've seen only Antichrist of the three, but the other two sound disturbing enough. :I

But I wouldn't recommend The Human Centipede, though. That movie is made of pure silly. : D
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Mew-Suika Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I never knew that 'The Day After Tomorrow' was a horror... OMIGAWD IVE SEEN A HORROR MOVIE START TO FINISH!! :iconimpressedplz:
Well Grave Encounters [link] looks to be really good, I think the shaky camera movements are a really good effect, altho they can sometimes make you dizzy.
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Mew-Suika Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, and 50's alien movies make me :iconfacepalmplz:
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Ech018 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Hmmm I don't often watch horror movies, but my sister loves them. Out of all the ones she's made me watch with her (she's a scaredy cat lol) the only one I though had potential was Skeleton Key. :O Don't know if you've seen it or not tho. :O

Lol and my mum loves watching old horror movies, especially the really bad ones. lol We get some really good laughs from there. lol
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iLina44 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Umm I remember watching this one movie that scared me called the "Tooth Fairy", now just cause the name is ridiculous doesn't mean it's any of that princess crap xDDD
But I think the only reason it scared me was cause I was like 7. But ya.
Though the movies that made me do this :iconfacewallplz: was "The Human Centipede" and "Insidious" ( or how ever it's spelled ). Insidious was such a poor movie, to me, made me feel like I was watching something old and low budget. And the "Human Centipede" was more disturbing than scary :/
Umm what else, oh, those "Final Destination" movies scare the living hell out of me C: Then there is also the "Last Exorcist"
I was a little freaked out about PA 1 & 2, but that's cause I believe in all that.
Other than those I can't think of anymore at the moment.
Ehh! I wrote a lot /brick'd
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DeviousKate Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Haven't gotten the chance to watch too many horror movies, but I guess I'd have to pick horror comedies like Zombieland or Shawn of the Dead for my favorites (I'm not a big fan of watching movies, but if I do, I like to watch stupid stuff that makes me laugh). Trick 'r Treat was a little interesting, mostly because of all the references to Halloween folklore and such, though I definitely wouldn't say it was my favorite. I hear that Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Nightmare on Elm Street are good, but haven't gotten the chance to watch them, mostly because I have no money and my parents do not own the DVDs of any of them.

I think that what makes a horror movie really scary is when it seems like something that could actually happen (you know, like the psycho serial killers who seem like really nice people on the surface, stuff like that). What makes me :iconfacepalmplz: is when people go overboard on the gore because they think it's somehow scarier if there's more blood and guts.
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twila4121 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
scary movie never had an impact on me. when i would have nightmares about them, it wasnt the bad that would get me but the good.
oh and once you find a movie to get the scary movie out of your mind there never scary. my distarcting movie was the aristocats.
But i do think the scariest movie are not the ones of super natrual and myth but of those that can be real. i'd be more afraid of disturbia than dawn of the dead.
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teeheexoxo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
This is actually a tough one for me. I adore horror movies, and I almost piss myself laughing so hard throughout most of them. Not only did I love most of the Halloween movies, but I actually "Aww!"ed at some parts and think the remake could have been a fantastic story had Laurie not stabbed Michael and it was all sweet family love from there <3 :iconmichaelmyersplz: . Cuz I'm weird like that. Paranormal Activity 1 was boring enough that I disregarded the other two. The Exorcist just may be the funniest thing I've ever seen. I made my friend rewind and play back the spider crawl down the stairs like twelve times.

Scary movies have the tendancy to make me laugh more than anything...Though the MarbleHornets videos scared me so bad that I had to sleep in my mom's bed for two nights. Slenderman scares the shit out of me.

OH! LOVE Silence of the Lambs!! :iconhanniballecterplz:

Sorry for the obscenely long comment :iconbabyplz: (so here's a baby as an apology??)
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garafankitty Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
lol you have good taste in horror movies
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RhymeLawliet Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
'Knowing' was the worst movie I think I've ever seen... or the one I hated most.
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slamajammin13 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
only reason i watch saw is to laugh lol
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Aritimas Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The best horrors are psychological! Not the ones that think something scary is just something that makes you jump. 28 days later is AWESOME.
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Oo-Bart-oO Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
OMG IF YOU LIKE TO WATCH SHITTY HORROR ASS MOVIES FOR FUN, YOU HAVE TO WATCH DRAG ME TO HELL !!!!!! (funniest movie I've ever seen omg)

I don't watch horror movies but thrillers are pretty good: Disturbia wasn't too bad, it's not scary but it's a pretty good movie, oh and perfect stranger (twist ending!)
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KarasuMegami Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student General Artist
I usually only watch horror movies to laugh at them, but there was one that was so good I could barely sit past the first fifteen minutes. It's called The Crazies. Usually though, I laugh at scary movies, but if they were decent, they usually come back to haunt me a few days after I watch them.
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Amous Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
3 words; Haunting in Connecticut :O It has a decent story line and there's a bit of gore but I like how only the dyeing kid can see the ghosts. I couldn't go into the backroom in my house for a week. I recommend it. Oh Quarantine rocked, I laughed so hard at the old guy with the diaper at the end.
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ShalottAvalthyl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I really like horror movies! Even though I get paranoid after watching them XD. My favourite horror movies are the Grudge series, the Japanese and American versions. They scared me so much I couldn't sleep at night D:

Also, don't watch the Human Centipede.. You'll have nightmares for months >.>!
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Yin-Angel Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Student
I dont watch horror movies much since Im quite jumpy xD But the ones I like are the One missed call (1 , 2 and 3) and sleepy hollow (not sure if that gose under horror movies but oh well =P)
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AkumaBakudan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
dear gawd. you neeeed to watch Teeth in a room filled with boys! it is HILARIOUSSSSS!! :iconlaplz:
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Saerif Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Two favorite horror movies of all time: Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and Creature of the Black Lagoon.
I'm classy okay XD
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Nani-Mizu Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I love horror films that truly scare me and leave me with the heebie jeebies, although I feel like such a wuss because it seems like I'm going to be recommending movies that haven't been mentioned very often so far. :blush:
My favorites so far have been the original version of The Eye, I haven't seen the remake with Jessica Alba. I loved the way they utilized camera angles in this film, it single handedly changed the way I watch horror films now.
The Strangers. I think it was the fact that I remembered the news articles about the real killings this movie was based off of that stabbed a little deeper with me and disturbed me more than a lot of the 'Based off True Events' crap does. It frightened me to no end that something like that had happened, and it still bothers me.
Tale of Two Sisters. It's been a long time since I've seen this film but there are certain sequences and the story of this film that I vividly remember as if it was watched yesterday.
Stephen King's IT. I feel incredibly idiotic to say that at times because I feel like I might be the only person on the planet that was scared absolutely shitless by this film! I watched it by accident when I was 5 and it still bothers me to this day. I'll hear that damn slow carnival theme in my head and then I'll be petrified of what's lurking in the darkness. :tears:
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walrusbukkit Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Anything that involves high-speed wires slicing people up scares the hell outta me. That's why I never got past the first few minutes of Cube... which isn't even a horror movie. :iconkyonfacepalmplz:
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Satsuki-fujin Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
DON'T watch the human centipede.... just don't.
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puellae-margarita Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
The Mist, or Donnie Darko!
The Mist is just plain depressing (besides being scary as heck)
and Donnie Darko is so weird it's good! And it has both Gyllenhaals in it, playing siblings :D
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JeNnDyLyOn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Play Silent Hill 1-3 and you'll know what true horror and fear are, my friend.

I think the scariest thing is that what you can't see...
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Roxas4ever Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
It sounds cliche, but The Ring is the scariest movie I've ever seen.
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Multimorph Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I'm not really into horror movies, but I think the most effective aspects have to be a sense of the unknown/unknowable (see the TvTropes page for "Nothing is Scarier"), properly built suspense, and a feeling that this could, in some improbable way, happen to anyone, any day now.

The proper soundtrack is important, too.
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Quetzal2012 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
The Descent, which is kind of gross, but very disturbing for a claustrophobe; the Skeleton Key. Also, anything by Guillermo Del Toro- El Orphanato, Pan's Labyrinth. They're in Spanish, but great thinking movies.
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SirKaeru Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
I made a list of this once. What I wrote down where mostly camera angles and stuff.
Ex: -Shakey Camera
-Sudden Zooms
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ForeverFictional Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
The type of horror movies I don't like are the ones where some stupid person decides to do something that is obviously a bad idea, so of course they end up dying :sarcasticclap:

If you like hilarious horror movies like Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead, Tucker and Dale vs Evil is also really great! :iconlaughingplz:
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KolorKit Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I don't watch scary movies because im a scardy cat T3T but i really liked When A Stranger Calls. It's a newer movie but it didn't have to much blood and really messed with me :3 Because you never knew where the stranger was and the kids omgoodness

i love that movie
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Martemis Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The Exorcist used to scare me, but watching it again I saw that it wasn't actually all that scary. I've been watching horror movies since I was 5, so none of them really hit home anymore. I think there are good horror movies, but none of them are really scary.
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