What do we want these days? We seem to have built up incredibly high expectations for horror movies - based I guess on past classics. I've seen some pretty bad reviews for this film, and having seen it, I can't believe the writers watched the same movie. It is extremely scary. Watch it on your own, turn off the irony on your remote control, and prepare for some real shocks. Indeed if you like the jump cut terror of movies like Ju-On and Ringu, I think you'll love this film. There are sudden moments of utter fright that match these films, and other moments that recall the kind of shock tactics of Kubrick's The Shining. Okay, it is a bit stupid in places, but even classic horror films often are. I don't mind remakes. I'm old enough to remember the first Amityville (leave off the keyboard grandpa, etc)and this is a scarier film. No question. If this had been released twenty years ago or more, folk would have wanted it banned. Thirty years ago and we'd have had the whole fainting in the aisles saga of The Exorcist. Now I'm not saying it's life-changing (hence 4 stars), but it is a great horror movie. Our expectations, as I say, are very high these days. Compare the intelligence of this film to some others around, and I think it rates highly. Oh yes, and watch it in the dark.