Midweek Movie Mouth-Off: What’s scarier for you, gore filled horror or freaky thrillers?

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There are many sub-genres that are encompassed by the “scary movie” label. There are cross-overs between them, and movies that can be both, but for the sake of simplicity let’s narrow it down to two. You have gore-fests like Hostel or Saw which are all about the blood, guts and torture. On the other hand, you have more cerebral-centred mind-f*** movies like The Others and The Woman in Black.

While all the gore might turn my stomach and still manage to give me nightmares, I’d say I’m infinitely more scared of movies where the danger is just out of sight. Where freaky things happen and you can’t tell what’s behind it all. There’s nothing to look out for but a shadow on the wall that moves when it shouldn’t.

So, what do you prefer to get your adrenalin pumping? Is it the dark and twisted thriller, or is it the blood-soaked horror?

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Last Updated: October 15, 2014

Tracy Benson

All about movies, board games, cider, sci-fi, fantasy and geek culture.

  • I have to say it’s the idea of something lurking in the shadows. There was a movie, I forget its name, that had just that. Can’t remember the name now, though it had 2 endings…

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I was going to say the final LOTR movie, but remember it had far more than 2 endings.

    • Tracy Benson

      So scary you wiped it from your memory hey!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’d rather watch NEITHER. I hate jump scares & gore doesn’t impress me – I play violent video games.

    • Tracy Benson

      Yes, this I agree with! I’d rather not watch any scary movies. That’s why I’m glad the Annabelle giveaway is in Cape Town, as the Joburg representative of TheMovies I have a rock-solid excuse not to go!

  • Jump scares. EVERY SINGLE TIME. I’m like “Pfft, this won’t scare me” and the next moment I’m quivering behind my couch.

    • Kervyn Cloete


    • Tracy Benson

      Haha, I take it you didn’t make it through the P.T. demo did you?

  • Hammersteyn

    I loved The Others and The Woman in Black. You don’t need a petrol truck full of blood to be scary. Who wants to play the clap game?

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