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For this Friday the 13th, I was going to write an article about Halloween movies or something but that topic gets boring pretty fast, because the horror genre isn’t a very good one.

I recently spoke to someone who used the common complaint: “There are no scary movies.” I never know how to comment on this. Not that I have to. But who says movies were ever scary? Or is it that you’re just that fearless that something like a movie could never faze you?

After the comment, the person and I usually discuss the difference between jump scares and those chilling scenes that stay in your brain. Which type of fright is better? What counts as chilling? Which horror movies stand the test of time? Why are there so few?

Wizards, the cartoon movie, gave me nightmares. Aeon Flux disrupted my sleep, too.  Why have cartoons weirded me out?

What about you? What movies and shows do you find disturbing?

I know the works of Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. have freaked out many people (holiday-themed or not).

What about animatronics? Five Nights at Freddy’s? Or clowns (before or after It … or Bozo)?

Siren Head? Gumby? Dolls like Chucky or robots like Megan? Raggedy Ann (which probably didn’t scare anyone until they learned of Annabelle)?

The Devil?

God?

Keyser Söze?

Verbal: Keaton always said, “I don’t believe in God, but I’m afraid of him.” Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Söze.

– Verbal Kent The Usual Suspects

Or maybe you’re terrified by the Internet and its buddy A.I. (Terminator? Also nightmarish.)

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