Logically, a good horror movie would probably be something that scares you or horrifies you.
However, there is a difference between the kind of stuff that makes you jump in your seat (like Jason bashing through a window with a machete) and the stuff that scares you long after the film has finished. The former is what many people refer to as a cheap scare, something you can shrug off, and lacks the essence of what true horror is all about.
It’s not about a carefully time music cue or sound effect to make you jump in your seat for 5 seconds; real horror is about the long-term effect. A good horror movie manages to crawl in through your eyes and ears and occupy your mind for days or even weeks afterwards.
Real horror is about atmosphere and mood creating an immersive nightmare experience that you simply can’t escape from. And sure, if you get your TV service through http://www.directspecialtv.com and you get all those movie channels, you’ll have access to lots and lots of horror films. However, they will be less about the experience and more about fleeting moments.
No, if you want real horror, I would suggest you start in the 70s and 80s. The Hills Have Eyes, The Exorcist – the list goes on.
January 20th, 2013