Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Scary Movies?

I believe it's never too early to start preparing for holidays, even Halloween. So, as I get ready, I wonder: what scary movies would anyone recommend this Halloween season? I'm asking about genuinely frightening movies that make it hard for you to go to bed later, not slasher stuff with just a bunch of people getting killed or just a bunch of torture. Since I'm not interested in movies that focus on people being physically tortured or killed, I think that rules out films like Saw and Tourist (or whatever it was called). I want to know what movies made you afraid to be alone, or afraid to go into your dark apartment or afraid to turn out the lights. I guess I'm going for movies that are more like The Ring, which was a re-made Japanese film. The Ring scared the hell out of me. I didn't sleep well for a month.

A friend sent me this. This is on the right track:

"J-Horror" is a term used to refer to Japanese contributions to horror fiction in popular culture. J-horror tends to focus on psychological horror and tension building (anticipation), particularly involving ghosts and poltergeists, while many contain themes of folk religion such as: possession, exorcism, shamanism, precognition, and yōkai.


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