I prefer classic horror myself but I think some modern films do a good job too. I think people are largely desensitized to so much that the only way to get to many today is to cut story for gore/CGI. Classic horror relied far more on scaring you psychologically as opposed to just cutting people apart. - C
Which do you prefer? I'm slightly picky about modern horror films, I usually prefer classics such as Nightmare on Elm Street, The Exorcist, The Omen, etc.
I prefer even more classic "horror" films, although I don't know if they qualify as horror anymore. I don't quite mean as old as the original Mummy, Werewolf, and Dracula from the 50s, but I like the 70s films, like the Hammer Horror films with Christopher Lee, Vincent Price, and Peter Cushing.
It depends, a lot of the classics are great...but they don't usually scare me much.
But then a lot of the modern ones show you this epic preview and then fall short of what you're expecting.
I know most of my favorite modern horror movies tend to take notes from Asian horror films rather than western ones. I guess when you watch as many horror movies as I do, you tend to get a little....desensitized to the more common themes.
Some of my favorite horror movies are: The Unborn, Mirrors (this one coupled with the common belief that mirrors can act as a gateway for the dead to enter our plane of existence STILL makes it so I literally can't walk by a mirror in a dark room), The Ring, Silent Hill, Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw (all of them), the Hostel series, The Shining, a newer version of The Wailer (La Llorona) that we rented from Redbox a few years ago, and zombie movies of any form.
I was really impressed with The Wailer especially, the props and special effects were cheesy, cheap stuff but the way they used them was absolutely terror inducing...a great example of how even low budget movies can be phenomenal if they're done right.
Modern horror films rely on startling the audience to get a reaction. There's a big difference in being truly scared and being simply startled. If the antagonist can be replaced by a fucking jack-in-the-box, it's not horror.