Is it just me, or does nobody make scary movies anymore?
I mean they try. But it seems like the call for a movie to be just PG-13 instead of R kind of makes it limited in what can be done. Or maybe I'm just jaded, and I'm not scared by movies anymore because I know where all the stuff comes from.
Or maybe all the truly scary ideas are used up.
But I don't think so.
I really think it's a matter of execution. I think that for whatever reason, be it budgetary constraints, time pressure, studio execs, or what have you, that the execution of the "scary" movie has become rote, like the manufacture of screw-together furniture. There is no soul remaining, just a dried pretty husk like artificial flowers instead of real ones.
And I'm not talking about a real gorefest here either. I'm talking about a sort of atmospheric suspense that gets into your bones, and doesn't consist of things jumping out at you and saying "boo" over and over.
The last movie I can remember that creeped me out like that was "The Sixth Sense". There were some genuinely scary moments there, though the whole film wasn't really overly scary. I love that creeping sense of impending doom, and I just don't see it anymore.
Maybe I need to back and watch some classics.