ByAmy Martin, writer at
Amy Martin

What do you think makes a good scary horror film? Are you a fan of hardcore gory films such as SAW and Hostel? Or do you like the more psychological side to horror?

I personally really don't like gore. I can tolerate it, but I certainly don't enjoy watching it. I'm more into psychological scares, and intense films. I don't mind gore when it is used correctly, but not in the copious over the top amounts that it is used today, to create cheap scares.

If you think about it, the majority of classic horror films (The Shining, Halloween, The Exorcist, Jaws, Alien, Psycho etc) have very little to no gore, and they are all considered very scary. Why is this? Simply because there are good story lines, decent acting and an extremely tense atmosphere.

If you think about it, every horror remake or recent sequel has been a hell of a lot gorier than the original film. Take Halloween for example. Rob Zombie's version of the movie was gory and had more graphic kills, but does that make it better? - John Carpenter's version of Halloween had barely any on screen blood and gore, but the suspense to see what was going to happen was truly nerve wrecking.

All of my favourite films come from between 1970-2000, generally before they started using crappy actors, cgi, copious gore and had awful story lines. Don't get me wrong, I love slashers, zombies, vampires, werewolves, sci-fi - basically every horror genre except torture porn.

This is my opinion, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I would like to hear your view on what makes a good horror film. Do you prefer darker gory films, or do you prefer psychological films with the gore turned down?

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