Horror that actually scares

A Listmania! list by dave "weirddave" (Cardiff, UK)
 
John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982]
1.  John Carpenter's The Thing [DVD] [1982] DVD ~ Kurt Russell
The list author says:
  "A masterpiece of tension, you don't even care what the monster looks like because you're already screaming. Then you see it..."
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Arachnophobia [DVD] [1991]
2.  Arachnophobia [DVD] [1991] DVD ~ Jeff Daniels
The list author says:
  "Again, it's all about the tension. A textbook on how to show the monster to the audience before the characters see it."
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The Shining [DVD] [1980]
3.  The Shining [DVD] [1980] DVD ~ Jack Nicholson
The list author says:
  "Not all of the film is scary by any means, but there's something about that house. And anyone who's seen it will tell you about 'the twins'... why are children so scary?"
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The Exorcist [DVD] [1973]
4.  The Exorcist [DVD] [1973] DVD ~ Ellen Burstyn
The list author says:
  "Not for the obvious bits - the gore sort of invalidates them - but for the dream sequences, the phone ringing out of silence, the tapes, which all serve to unsettle you more than enough."
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The Blair Witch Project [DVD] [1999]
5.  The Blair Witch Project [DVD] [1999] DVD ~ Heather Donahue
The list author says:
  "OK, so it wasn't scary in a big cinema with drunken teenagers jeering, or at home with all your mates round. Try watching it in the dark, in a house alone."
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Candyman [DVD]
6.  Candyman [DVD] DVD ~ Virginia Madsen
The list author says:
  "Horrible, horrible film, with too many moments to point one in particular. Even the idea is scary. (can *you* say his name?)"
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The Sixth Sense - 2 Disc Collector's Edition [DVD] [1999]
7.  The Sixth Sense - 2 Disc Collector's Edition [DVD] [1999] DVD ~ Bruce Willis
The list author says:
  "Ok, so 99% isn't scary, and any tension built up is the fact that everyone guessed the ending twenty minutes earlier. Concentrate on the hanging ghost, and the girl under the bed."
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Don't Look Now [DVD] [1973]
8.  Don't Look Now [DVD] [1973] DVD ~ Julie Christie
The list author says:
  "A grim film that almost makes you feel like a voyeur. Constantly unsettling."
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The Mothman Prophecies [DVD] [2002]
9.  The Mothman Prophecies [DVD] [2002] DVD ~ Richard Gere
The list author says:
  "Allegedly a true story adapted for the big screen. My favourite scary bit? The mirror which doesn't reflect properly in Richard Gere's room."
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Carnival Of Souls [1962] [DVD]
10.  Carnival Of Souls [1962] [DVD] DVD ~ Candace Hilligoss
The list author says:
  "Another very eerie movie, this time almost arthouse in its effects. Inspired the (much inferior) Night of the Living Dead."
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Dog Soldiers [DVD] [2002]
11.  Dog Soldiers [DVD] [2002] DVD ~ Sean Pertwee
The list author says:
  "For the first half - the old problem of showing your monster destroying the tension. Builds a campfire atmosphere of tales, then jumpy editing used well so that we can't even see what the soldiers do."
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Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000]
12.  Ring (1998) [DVD] [2000] DVD ~ Nanako Matsushima
The list author says:
  "Another over-hyped movie... a great sense of atmosphere and a damn nasty final scene make up for a very disjointed plot."
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Alien [DVD] [1979]
13.  Alien [DVD] [1979] DVD ~ Sigourney Weaver
The list author says:
  "It constantly amazes me that the only good haunted house movie is set in a spaceship, with an alien as the ghost. Again, not for the gore, more for the atmosphere."
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The Work Of Director Chris Cunningham [DVD]
14.  The Work Of Director Chris Cunningham [DVD] DVD ~ Carl Antolin
The list author says:
  "Mainly for 'Come to daddy', but Cunningham has generally insane/scary ideas for most of his videos."
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Pet Sematary
15.  Pet Sematary by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "The only book that's ever scared me. Also the only book King thought was too evil to publish. Says it all, really?"
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