I've often wondered what the difference is between creepy and scary, particularly when it's used in film reviews, such as "the movie is more creepy/disturbing/unnsettling than scary". These same critics bash films when they simply use tactics to make you jump from suprise, such as a loud crescendo when a character opens a closet, but then they imply that "creepy" isn't as good/frightening as "scary". So my question is, what is "scary"? What is a genuinely "scary" movie, and not just "creepy"? For example, my favorite horror films tend to be what most would call "creepy", such as The Changeling (which I would call both creepy and scary), The Blair Witch Project, The Others, The Haunting (original), Night of the Living Dead, etc, The Shining, etc.