The best horror movies are those that know how to create dread just on pure atmosphere and not heavily-reliant on cheap jump scares.
When characters don’t turn on the lights when they inspect an abandoned room, or shout “Show yourself!” then run screaming when it happens, or peer over a broken window when one’s already wearing a neck brace, or peek under the bed for no reason, it’s not horror, it’s stupidity.
Suspense scenes shouldn’t be set up where the audience anticipates the scares and are programmed to scream. The people are much smarter than that.
Let this be the last and final chapter, please.
(Originally published June 8, 2015.)