I for one have a very long list of films (American Werewolf in London, Scream, The Exorcist, Night of the Living Dead, Carrie, Hellraiser, Silence of the Lambs, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street...) which I consider to be very good as scary movies and yet not very scary as movies. Whereas, the most truly terrifying movies I have ever seen are: 7) The Descent There are a lot of people who complained that this claustrophobic movie about being trapped in a cave got less scary when it turned out that there were also monsters hunting the group. Not in the sense that the monster half wasn't scary, but in the sense that the first half was. 6) I Bury the Living In my mind, the only thing scarier than fleeing an evil murderer is finding out that you, a good person, are accidentally killing people, yet no one believes you even after the police force you to prove it. 5) Cabin in the Woods One of the few horror movies that was scarier for knowing more about the villains, rather than less, this was not a slasher about a mindless human-shaped animal hunting idiots that killed by doing something stupid. This is a movie where we see the protagonists doing something smart, coming close to surviving, and then the villains legitimately having prepared for that and killing the protagonists because the villains are smart, rather than because the victims are stupid. Normally, the movie playing in my head is one where the protagonists survive by doing something smarter than they really did, and where I would survive by doing the smarter thing. When I watched this movie, I could not think of a way out of what the villains had prepared, and there was no movie playing in my head where I could've done something to survive better than the protagonists did. 4) Ju-On I don't know if the curse is just using the images of it's first victims when it kills new ones, I don't know if it has actually warped the original victims into seeking new ones, and I have no idea where the house ends and the sidewalk begins. Oh, and the ghost-cat's voice coming out of the ghost-boy's mouth was seriously messed up. 3) The Thing (Carpenter) It's not just the not knowing who's human and who's an alien zombie monster that's scary, it's the knowing exactly who's a human and who's an alien but being completely wrong. 2) Audition Made by the David Lynch of J-Horror*, this movie has been banned from horror film conventions for forcing too many people - who are acclimated to horror movies - to throw up and/or pass out. *Seriously, Takashi Miike has credited David Lynch as a primary artistic influence. 1) The Bay I screamed during this movie. I don't scream during horror movies. When I was 12, I made the mistake of watching 80% of Night of the Living Dead, and I had trouble sleeping for weeks, after which I should've learned my lesson but insisted on seeing (what would amount to 30% of) The Cave in theaters. I had to go through the nightmares all over again not even 2 months after getting over the zombies, and if I had not seen those same movies more recently with absolutely no trouble, they would've been on my list too. But I have never screamed during horror movies. I screamed during this one. *** What about you guys?