Though the above definition doesn't include it, fear is also something that one can define as a jolt of adrenaline and the hair on your back standing up. Another way to call it is a desired emotion one should feel during horror films. While we watch those the danger, pain and harm are all in the movie yet somehow we feel fear too. We share it with people on the screen.
Another way of getting you to feel fear are the infamous jump scares. They are cheap tactic, yes, but they always work on me. That's why you will see so many of those below and hopefully you'll see that jump scares, when they are well executed, should not be looked down upon.
5. HalloweenI've only saw this movie 4 days ago but it's the most fresh feeling of fear I experienced. It's when one of the boys runs into the bad guy and we see him grab the boy, with the accompaniment of freaky music in the background.
4. Interview with the VampireThis is a classic jump scare but it worked on me- it's when Lestat begins to turn Louis and suddenly jumps on him with the freaky sound ringing loudly. I did fly across the room on my moving chair during that one.
3. CarrieI remember seeing Carrie when I was a teenager, late at night on TV. I had the volume pretty high up, no reason not too. And then the serene scene where Sue visits Carrie's grave turned into a nightmare - when Carrie's hand grabbed Sue's arm as scary music started playing. Nowadays a final jump scare is considered a cheap move but hell, did this one work.
2. AlienI often compare the scene where we see Michael Fassbender's dick in Shame to that moment - it's literally coming right at you. Kidding aside, this is a scene where the captain is looking for alien to kill it. The rest of the crew is monitoring the movement on the monitor and suddenly they see a second dot. Not only is the tension masterful here but the crew's cries and pleas as unforgiving creature is approaching only add to the intensity of the moment.
1. Mulholland DriveDavid Lynch is a fascinating guy. He is a great director who has many gifts but one that I always admired the most is that he is the best horror director who doesn't actually make horror films. His films and his TV series Twin Peaks contain some of the craziest, most mind fucking and surrealistically frightening shit I've seen. From Bob silently creeping towards Maddie, through pretty much entire Inland Empire to the creepy pale dude from Lost Highway, Lynch knows how to get inside you head and put nightmares there. And worse yet - the man is a master of building the tension.And example of those abilities is a scene which almost gave me a heart attack. It begins with a man sitting at Winkies diner describing the dream he had to the guy that is sitting with him. He says that in his dream they were talking in that very diner and then they went out back where there was a creature with the scariest face he has ever seen. The other guy convinces him to face his fear and they go out to check the back of the diner. Suddenly that thing on the picture above comes from behind the building and the guy who had a dream falls on the ground, dead from fright.