As an offshoot to the 28 Days Later thread, I thought it might be a good exercise to discuss scary movies. No so much which movies are scary to you (or perhaps that none are), but what it is that makes them scary. I was giving this some thought because the feedback from some was that the film wasn't scary. I recall similar discussion and feedback from a number of releases like The Ring. Now, it would seem to me that there are some portion of the audience that would never be scared by a movie. Perhaps its just that they're immune to any manipulation on the part of a director or screenwriter or that they're jaded by other films they've seen, but they would never proclaim a film scary. There are others who may likely be scared by anything. Any trick in the book is effective for them and some have sworn off of horror movies and thrillers for just that reason. For the rest of us, somewhere in the middle, I would expect that there are some things that work and some that don't. I would be interested in hearing what makes a film scary for you. Or, if you're one of the former category, the reason why you don't think it works or if you think you would ever be scared by a film. For me, I don't find myself as susceptible to jump scares as I used to. For me, a scary movie is one that makes me tense up and feel like I've been through a wringer the whole film. This is almost always done because the environments of the film feel dangerous. Any time when the film has cranked up the tension and the characters are dropped in a place where anything could happen, I would call that an excellent scary scene. Example include heading into the house in The Blair Witch Project, walking into Reagan's bedroom for the showdown in The Exorcist, or dropping down into the Well in The Ring. What are your thoughts? Can films be frightening? Do you think its possible that the current generation is inoculated against being afraid any more outside of a few well placed jump scares? What would you consider "scary" in a film?