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Buzz In: Which Scary Movies Do You Like — Horror or Thriller?

Paranormal Activity, out today, is a scary movie in the vein of The Blair Witch Project in that it seems to be filmed by the characters in the movie. The characters are a couple who start experiencing some eerie happenings in their hotel room and decide to film it, and word is, it's the most terrifying movie in a long time.

Confession: I'm a bit of a 'fraidy cat, but I love a good thriller with an enthralling plot, which is why I might see this movie (OK, I might wait for it to come to DVD when I can hide behind a blanket in my home, but whatevs). I eat up movies where the scares are based on genuine thrills, but that's as far as I go.

When it comes to the horror genre, though, I'm averse. Gore doesn't scare me in that fun way — it grosses me out and gives me nightmares. However, I know plenty of people who live for the grossest, ickiest, slice-and-dice horror flicks (I'm looking at you, FabSugar). But for me, the Scream movies are the goriest I go — and yes, I'll be seeing Scream IV opening day. Which kinds of scary movies do you prefer?

P.S. Speaking of the most terrifying move ever, I might be asking your opinion about that very thing . . . very, very soon. Stay tuned.

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redchick152 redchick152 8 years
its the movies that are "based on true events" that usually freak me out the most! i watched "strangers" one night by myself and had to check the locks 4 times b4 bed!
rach716 rach716 8 years
Love them all :)
Akasha Akasha 8 years
In the past I would have said horror over thriller, but that genre has become less about the story enhanced by the hack em slash em and more about the gore. Also, the focus on the hot naked chic has also really turned me off as they always come off either bitchy or stupid and I almost can't wait for them to get killed. My friends and I have resorted to renting 80's early 90's horror movies whenever we have the need for a horror fix. In the meantime we hit the thrillers, although they are starting to follow the same we suck pattern, and stay as far away from the terrible remakes as possible.
catlover26 catlover26 8 years
i can't choose, i love both of them, but i would probably go with thriller if i had to
melissaS melissaS 8 years
I just realised I didn't actually answer your question - I prefer thrillers
melissaS melissaS 8 years
I like scary movies that's not too gory. I get scared easily so I'm on the fence about whether or not I should check out paranormal activity, especially after seeing the reviews on the website and the tagline "don't see it alone"
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
I love scary movies, but ones that actually try to be scary and not super gory.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 8 years
I love watching scary movies...but one thing i hate is gratuitous torture porn. I mean, is that really necessary? I don't mind the occasional gore, if it enhances the story. I actually think the best horror out there right now is Spanish horror/thriller. I recently watched [REC], which has to be one of the scariest movies I've seen...EVER. So good! Too bad America always has to remake these films into cheap knockoffs ([REC] was remade as Quarantine in the U.S.).
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
I like both, but if I had to watch one for the rest of my life I would choose a thriller.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I'll watch anything categorized as Horror or Thriller. I don't mind gore, but I don't like when it's used as a substitute for a good story. Thrillers are usually more psychological and thrilling, right? And linger with you longer than cheap special effects used for shock value. I haven't heard anything about this film and it's not playing anywhere near me. I'll have to wait for it on DVD (might be more scary in the intimacy of your own living room, rather than a large theater).
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
I love horror and thriller but nothing's ever scared me enough to give me nightmares. I like horror movies but I hate too much gore. I don't do movies like Saw or Hostel--too gross. Horror movies don't have to be gory, just look at Halloween. I DO love Scream though...
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