The only well-directed horror movie which I quite liked was The Others with Nicole Kidman in a lead role.
Other than that, any other horror movie, I think, fails to instill fear in the mind of the viewer and turns out to be rather ludicrous.
The Omen was an exception to that, but Omen II, Omen III and Omen IV were terrible....it appeared as if the Thorns(depicted in the movie) were absolute morons--failing to understand that Damien ought to have been exterminated long back.
Friday the 13th was anything other than a horror movie.
Evil Dead is more of a comedy than a horror movie.
Originally posted by Sayak Banerjee: Other than that, any other horror movie, I think, fails to instill fear in the mind of the viewer and turns out to be rather ludicrous.
Quite often I find that the scary parts of horror films are the build up and tension before the monster/bad guy/ghost etc is seen. Often when the monster does come along, it is so ridiculous that the horror is no longer believable. If is the "it could happen to me" feeling which makes a good horror film, and as soon as a strange monster is introduced this feeling goes. This seems to be a trap which many CGI-reliant directors fall into.
One of the best films I've seen for instilling fear was Hitchcock's The Birds - the simplicity and lack of special effects make it more believable and therefore a lot more scary then many more modern films. Of course watching on your own in an empty dark house helps!
I also quite liked The Blair Witch Project for it's attempt to install fear without falling back on CGI. Strangely the first time I watched it I found it quite good horror, but the second time it wasn't scary at all. Maybe knowing the twist was a big part of that.
Does The Silence Of The Lambs count as horror? Maybe not, but Hannibal Lector is a lot more horrifying then many more modern film bad guys or monsters.
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And majority of the hindi horror serials aired on channels like Star One and Sony are actually really funny and seem to cater to kids . There have been copies of movies like Gothika and Urban Legends in Indian Languages. Originality however seems to be missing in the Indian horror movie segment !